Small Bussiness Association

All workshops are FREE for all 8(a) and 7(j) eligible small businesses.

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Welcome to SBA 7(j) Training

Training is provided by Stover & Associates, Inc.

7(j) training, provided to eligible firms and their employees, includes very specialized training in the areas of federal contracting. The training will be provided in an online format with live instructors and the ability for students to participate and ask questions. Up to 40 participants per workshop will receive training on how to make "real world" business decisions that will facilitate their firm's success.

A total of 142 online workshops will be conducted during this fiscal year. Course offerings include the following topics:

Workshop Topics

  • Marketing to the Government Buyer
  • Internet Tools to Generate Federal Business Opportunities
  • Capture Management
  • Contractor Teaming
  • Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Primer
  • Understanding Requests for Proposal (RFP)
  • Federal Contracting Basics
  • Developing Technical and Past Performance Proposals
  • Developing the Cost Proposal
  • Negotiating Government Contracts
  • Managing and Administrating Government Contracts
  • Government Contract Types
  • Audits and Accounting Systems
  • Preparing Bids for Construction Contracting
  • Introduction to Managing Government Construction Projects
  • Tools for Construction Project Managers
  • Facilities Clearances
  • How to Qualify for the GSA Schedule
  • Strategic Planning for Small Business

There are NO prerequisite for any of the above courses. Approximately two days prior to the class, you will receive an email that provides a link to download the participant materials. We recommend, at a minimum, that registrants review the materials before the class begins. At the beginning of the class, these files will again be available for download within the classroom application.


Registration will be handled on a first come - first served basis and will be accomplished through Adobe Connect. Each registration will be approved or disapproved by the close of the next business day. To be approved, a registrant must self-certify their eligibility to receive 7(j) services by selecting, "Yes" to the self-certification question during registration.


Firms eligible to receive 7(j) services meet one or more of the following:

  1. 8(a) certified
  2. HUBZone certified
  3. Economically Disadvantaged Women Owned Small Business (EDWOSB)
  4. Located in a high unemployment or low income area, as defined in the U.S. Census Bureau's County and City Data Book and in the Poverty Guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
  5. Owned by a low-income individual, as defined in under HHS Poverty Guidelines.

Click on the appropriate button on the left to view our online catalog and register for upcoming courses.

8(a) Self-Assessment Tool

An 8(a) Readiness Self-Assessment Tool is made available to firms wishing to determine their eligibility and potential for success in the 8(a) Business Development Program.

Click on the appropriate button on the left to register and access the 8(a) Readiness Self-Assessment Tool.

On-Demand Training

Two self-paced web-based training modules are provided in FY 2020.

  • The first is designed to assist firms in completing their application for the 8(a) Business Development Program. It contains detailed instructions and identifies common errors made by applying firms.
  • The second course is designed to assist 8(a) program participants in planning for transition from the 8(a) Business Development Program, explaining program requirements during the transitional stage of the program and offering suggestions that will enable firms to position themselves for continued success after graduation.

Select the appropriate button on the left to participate in these FY 2019 self-paced offerings.

Recorded Sessions

One offering of each course topic will be recorded and edited and made available for those who are unable to attend our live sessions. These recordings will become available for the current fiscal year in early January. Certificates will not be provided.

Select the appropriate button on the left to participate in these offerings.

You must be a registered user and logged-in to use the self-assessment tool