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Prepare for SBA small business programs:

These checklists provide help before you start the application or continuing eligibility process. You may have to take action and gather documents before starting. Each program has unique criteria and thresholds and may request additional supporting information. To make things easier, gather these documents before you start.

Principals may include the following:

  • Owner(s)
  • Officers
  • Directors
  • Members
  • Partners
  • Key employees

8(a) Business Development (BD) Program Preparation Checklist

Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) Program Preparation Checklist

Mentor-Protégé Program Preparation Checklist


Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) Program Preparation Checklist

Qualifying individual(s) include all individuals that either own more than 51% of the firm.

  • Active registration in the System for Award Management for the firm, available at SAM.gov (Note: The firm’s DUNS number and EIN, and MPIN must exactly match SAM registration)
  • Signed HUBZone Program Certification Signature Sheet
  • ESOP, Trust, or Franchise Agreement if applicable
  • The firm's signed and dated federal tax returns over the past three years (must include all schedules and attachments)
  • Deed, Lease/Rental Agreement or property records – Covers the date of electronic verification
  • Utility Bill – Covers the date of electronic verification
  • Firm Location List
  • Official Payroll –Covers the date of electronic verification
  • HUBZone Maps of employee’s home address
  • Valid (unexpired) Driver’s License, DMV ID, or Voter Registration cards for each employee residing in a HUBZone –Covers the date of electronic verification
  • Most recent State and Federal Unemployment tax filing/report
  • Employee List
  • Corporation
  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Copies of stock certificates (front and back)
  • Stock Ledger
  • Corporate Bylaws and any amendments
  • Certificate of Good Standing
  • Limited Liability Company (LLC)
  • Operating Agreement and any amendments
  • Articles of Organization and any amendments
  • Certificate of Good Standing
  • Partnership
  • Partnership Agreement and any amendments
  • Sole Proprietor
  • DBA (Doing Business As) or Trade Name Certificate
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship (i.e., birth certificate, naturalization paper, or unexpired passport) for qualifying individual(s)
  • Three most recent personal income tax returns (IRS Form 1040) including all schedules

Mentor-Protégé Program Preparation Checklist

A Mentor-Protégé relationship should be established before starting the application – this is not a matching program. The Protégé firm must meet the size standard for small in the NAICS code in which they are seeking business development assistance.

  • Active registration in the System for Award Management for the firm, available at SAM.gov (Note: The firm’s DUNS number and EIN, and MPIN must exactly match SAM registration)
  • Electronic versions (in PDF format) of the following documents:
  • Certificates of completion for viewing the MPP training module (mandatory viewing for both the Protégé and the Mentor)
  • Your completed business plan
  • Any active Mentor-Protégé Agreements you have with either the SBA or another federal agency
  • An SBA size redetermination letter if the SBA has ever found you to be “other than small” in the NAICS code in which you’re requesting business development assistance
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