7(j) Technical Assistance

The purpose of the program is to provide Business Development Assistance for Small Disadvantaged Businesses.

SBA performs this mission by entering into grants, cooperative agreements and contracts with qualified service providers who have the capability to provide business development assistance

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to eligible businesses and individuals under Sections 7(i), 7(j) and 8(a) of the Small Business Act.

Agency - Small Business Administration

The Small Business Administration maintains and strengthens the nation's economy by aiding, counseling, assisting and protecting the interests of small businesses and by helping families and businesses recover from national disasters.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

SBA District Offices listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance under Small Business Administration.

See District Offices and contact info at https://www.sba.gov/tools/local-assistance/districtoffices.
Website Address


Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Quality, Compliance & Management Consulting Inc. $ 350,000   2018-09-262019-09-25
Ruffin Consulting, Pc $ 175,000   2018-09-262019-09-25
Coley & Associates Inc $ 196,470   2018-09-262019-09-25
Ruffin Consulting, Pc $ 260,000   2018-09-262019-09-25
Native American Development Corp-$ 29,815   2017-09-302018-09-29
Rural Enterprises Of Oklahoma, Inc. $ 116,500   2017-09-302018-09-29
The Cherokee Nation $ 116,500   2017-09-302018-09-29
Oregon Native American Business And Entrepeneurial $ 116,500   2017-09-302018-09-29
Indian Dispute Resolution Services Inc $ 116,500   2017-09-302018-09-29
Hiilei Aloha Llc $ 116,500   2017-09-302018-09-29

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: FY 2016: 5,709. Increased the utilization of 7j training in FY 16 bhy 389 additional individuals trainings over 5709 in comparison with 5,320 in FY 2015. Fiscal Year 2017: 4,820 - year to date. Fiscal Year 2018: N/A.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Financial assistance under this Section may be given for projects that respond to requirements as outlined in each respective program solicitation announcement, or for an unsolicited proposal that could provide valuable business development assistance for 8(a) and other socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses and individuals.

Types of business development assistance may include: Accounting and marketing services, proposal/bid preparation workshops, feasibility studies, marketing/presentation analyses and advertising expertise, loan packaging, cyber security training, industry specific technical assistance and other specialized management training and technical services.

The program funds can also be used to establish and strengthen business service agencies, including trade associations and cooperatives.

The 7(j) program funds are not available to finance or purchase a business nor are they available to use as expansion capital for an existing business.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Educational institutions, public or private organizations and businesses, individuals, State and local governments, Indian tribes and lending and financial institutions and sureties that have the capability to provide the required business development assistance.

Beneficiary Eligibility

8(a) program certified firms, small disadvantaged businesses, businesses operating in areas of low-income or high-unemployment, and firms owned by low-income individuals like Economically Disadvantaged Women Owned Businesses.


As specified in the individual 'Request for Application Proposals.' Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-21 for educational institutions. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Application proposal forwarded to District Office Director for appropriate geographic area. See Appendix IV of the Federal Domestic Assistance Catalog.

Award Procedures

Decisions on acceptance are made by the Office of Procurement and Grants Management based upon recommendations of the Director for Management and Technical Assistance, Office of Business Development. The Contracting Officer or Grants Management Officer notifies successful applicants by Notice of Award.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Small Business Act, Section 7(j) (15 U.S.C. 636(j)), Public Law 85-536.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Varies. https://www.sba.gov/about-sba/sba-initiatives/7j-management-and-technical-assistance-services-program.


See additional information at www.sba.gov.


Contact the Federal agency. See additional information at www.sba.gov.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Awards are made for a maximum of 1 year with options as stated in the individual announcements. Disbursements are made within a few days of receipt of all required documents along with the request for disbursement. Disbursements are made in partial payments based on work successfully performed. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: See additional information at www.sba.gov.

Post Assistance Requirements


Information available at www.sba.gov.

See information at www.sba.gov.

Information available at www.sba.gov.

See additional information at www.sba.gov.

See additional information at www.sba.gov.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Pre-award accounting system survey. Final audit by a certified or licensed public accountant.


Appropriate records as needed for above requirements.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $1,407,000; FY 17 est $2,800,000; and FY 18 est $2,800,000 - See additional information at www.sba.gov.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No data available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Fact sheet upon request.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. SBA District Offices listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance under Small Business Administration. See District Offices and contact info at https://www.sba.gov/tools/local-assistance/districtoffices.

Headquarters Office

Ajoy Sinha 409 3rd. Street, S.W., 8th Floor, Washington, District of Columbia 20416 Email: Ajoy.Sinha@sba.gov Phone: 202-205-1904

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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