March 01, 2013

In this article, Jenner & Block Partner Leslie H. Lepow and Associate Damien C. Specht analyze the small business provisions of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act and the impact they could have on large and small companies.  One of the most significant provisions may expand access to the Small Business Administration (SBA) mentor-protégé program beyond firms accepted into the 8(a) program – a subset of business set-asides that are limited to firms owned by economically or socially disadvantaged people who go through an SBA certification process - to all small businesses.  SBA is not required to take this action but, if it does, the Act’s impact could be far reaching, the authors observe.