Hearing: The Role of the SBA’s 8(a) Program in Enhancing Economic Opportunities

Committee on Small Business

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 (11:30 AM)

2360 RHOB
Washington, D.C.
The SBA’s 8(a) program was designed as a business development program to help disadvantaged businesses compete in the federal marketplace. The program helps thousands of small businesses start and grow by competing for government contracts and in doing so, assists local communities. Nevertheless, the program has faced several challenges throughout the years. The hearing will examine how the program operates, the benefits to entrepreneurs and communities, and steps Congress can take to improve the effectiveness and oversight of the program.


Mr. Ralph C. Thomas III
Executive Director Emeritus & Representative of the National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC);Lawyer, Law Offices of Ralph C. Thomas III PLL, Washington, DC

Ms. Dottie Li
Founder & CEO, TransPacific Communications, Cheverly, MD

Mr. Clarence McAllister
CEO, Fortis Networks, Phoenix, AZ

Ms. Rebecca Askew
CEO & General Counsel, Circuit Media LLC, Denver, CO

Hearing Record

  • Hearing Notice [PDF]
  • Hearing: Witness List [PDF]

First Published: September 11, 2019 at 05:21 PM