Changes to SBA’s 8(a) Joint Venture & Mentor Protégé Rules Will Alter Current Industry Practices

May/June 2011Articles Washington Building Congress Bulletin

Effective March 14, 2011, 8(a) firms and the large businesses that team with them must follow new rules for mentor-protégé relationships and joint ventures. The primary theme running through the changes is that the Small Business Administration (SBA) wants large business activity in small business set-asides further restricted. The new rules apply prospectively, meaning that approved mentor-protégé agreements and joint ventures in effect prior to March 14, 2011 will not be affected.