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    Is an 8(a) JV which is made with its Large Business Mentor eligible for "any federal contract" award to include a small business set aside and not just an 8(a) set-aside? Does the term "any federal contract opportunity" include other small business set-asides like SDVOSBs or WOSBs?


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    8(a) firms are small businesses, so they should have no issues qualifying for small business set-asides which are not designated as 8(a) set-asides. However, an 8(a) company's status does not carry over to other small business categories such as service-disabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) or women-owned small business (WOSB) unless they specifically qualify for those categories as well. This would also apply for situations where the 8(a) firm is a protégé in a joint venture arrangement with a large business.

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