Good Timing: SBA Decision on Full-Time Devotion Allows For Two Jobs if No Hours Overlap

There are multiple overlaps in SBA’s socioeconomic rules for the 8(a) Program, Women-Owned Small Business Program (WOSB), and the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) Program. One in particular has often caused some confusion for our clients: the full-time devotion requirement. This rule generally requires that the service-disabled veteran owner (or equivalent key owner in the other programs) work full time for the company with the SDVOSB status. But what does this mean in practice, especially for start-up companies where the owner may be working a second job. A recent SBA decision sheds some light on the full-time devotion rule.

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