Providing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion &
Accessibility Training and Coaching
Introducing Rushford & Associates
Our cadre of nationally recognized trainers, consultants, and subject matter experts is ready to provide training, problem solving, consulting, and coaching services. We specialize in civil rights training for the Federal sector. If you need assistance in the areas of organizational development; team building, change management, or an in-depth training session, Rushford & Associates will meet your needs.
Rushford & Associates has trained or presented
to over 25,000 people from Federal, state and
local government as well as private industry.
We bring real examples to our training sessions, providing
an open forum to address participant concerns.
SBA 8(a) – The 8(a) program is a robust nine-year program created to help firms owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. Businesses that participate in the program receive training and technical assistance designed to strengthen their ability to compete effectively in the American economy. The 8(a) certification qualifies businesses to compete for the program’s sole-source and competitive set-aside contracts.
The government authorizes sole-source contracts to 8(a) participants for up to $7.5 million for acquisitions assigned manufacturing North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes and $4.5 million for all other acquisitions. Entity-owned 8(a) program participants are eligible for sole-source contracts above these thresholds, but the Department of Defense requires approval of a formal justification if the 8(a) sole-source contract exceeds $100 million; all other federal agencies require approval for sole-source 8(a) contract actions that exceed $25 million.