small business programs

Small Business Programs Services

Program Applications

  • Initial Eligibility Screening
  • 8(a) Application Preparation
  • Requests for Reconsideration of Application Denials
  • Appeals of Application Denials
  • CVE Verification for SDVOSBs
  • HUBZone Applications

Joint Ventures

  • Formation & Application
  • 8(a) & 8(a) Mentor-Protégé
  • Small Business
  • WOSB
  • HUBZone


  • 8(a) Mentor-Protégé Applications
  • Other Federal Mentor-Protégé Programs

ANCs and Tribes

  • Navigating the 8(a) Program
  • Governance Issues
  • Subcontracting Plans


  • Small Business Status
  • HUBZone


  • Size
  • 8(a)
  • NAICS Code Challenges
  • Early Graduation Appeals
  • Termination Appeals
  • Suspension Appeals


  • Teaming Agreements
  • Subcontracting Plans
  • Compliance with Subcontracting Limits


  • Business Plan Submissions
  • Continuing Eligibility Reviews
  • Annual Review Submittals



  • Internal Size & Status Audits
  • Affiliation Mitigation
  • Responding to Government Inquiries
  • Defend False Claims Act & Qui Tam Lawsuits
  • SBA Regulations

Growth and Planning

  • Maximizing Small Business Status
  • Exit Strategies
  • Small Business Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Changes of Ownership
  • Changes of Business Structure


Pamela J. Mazza
Antonio R. Franco
Jonathan T. Williams
Isaias "Cy" Alba, IV 
Megan C. Connor
Kathryn V. Flood 
Patrick T. Rothwell 
Peter B. Ford 
Julia Di Vito 
Marc B. Langston  
Samuel S. Finnerty 
Meghan Leemon

PilieroMazza enjoys a national reputation for assisting federal contractors in all aspects of their business and for helping small firms, in particular, navigate the challenges of growth and the maze of federal regulations governing contractors. Our unique focus on small business set-asides and programs is unparalleled and sets us apart from other law firms.

We are experienced in all aspects of the federal procurement programs for small businesses and understand the Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Program, the HUBZone Program, the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) Programs, the Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program and the Department of Veterans Affairs CVE verification process. We assist clients in determining whether they are eligible to participate in any of these socio-economic programs. Our lawyers not only assist through the application process, but also provide ongoing counseling to ensure continued eligibility and compliance with program requirements.

We help clients structure their businesses and contracts to be competitive while legally preserving their eligibility for continued participation in these programs. Our Small Business and Business & Corporate practice groups advise clients on how best to maximize their time in the small business programs and on the impact of mergers or acquisitions on set-aside contracts. Small, midsized and large

businesses consult with us on how to structure teams to participate in federal competitions for large government contracts through teaming arrangements, joint ventures and mentor-protégé relationships.

We file and defend protests pertaining to eligibility for the small business programs. We also assist clients responding to subpoenas, audits and investigations. Our lawyers also conduct compliance audits, particularly when a triggering event occurs that might impact eligibility and require updates to representations and certifications.

PilieroMazza’s advisors have earned a national reputation for their experience in helping Native American tribes and Alaska Native organizations. We are familiar with the programs, laws and regulations that affect Native Americans and ANCs, and efficiently monitor legislative and rulemaking actions that may impact our clients.

We are valuable partners to firms of all sizes because of our in-depth knowledge of federal programs. Our national reputation is the result of the excellent track record we have developed as one of the most successful law firms counseling small government contractors. 

Small business is anything but small at PilieroMazza.