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 Congratulations on your 8(a) certification and welcome to the Washington Metropolitan Area District Office (WMADO).

We are happy to invite you to a one day 8(a) Orientation. During the orientation you will gain an overview of SBA programs,WMADO, most importantly the different elements of the 8(a) Program.

If you have not already done so, please make sure to bring your signed Participation Agreement (PA) the day of orientation. Also,  if your firm's usiness plan is completed bring it as well.  If not, you have 30 days from the date of your approval letter to submit your business plan via email at to our Business Development Team. 

It is required that the designated disadvantaged owner attends orientation. Also, please be advised that your 8(a) benefits start after we receive your Business Plan and it has been approved. Due to limited space we can only accommodate two members per company.



Be sure to arrive no later than 8:45am to allow time to get through security.  Also if your ID is from out of state, please read the (REAL ID Enforcement Notice) below.

CAR/METRO:  We are located above the Federal Center SW Metro station.  There is a parking garage that cost $18-19 for the day and metered street parking; however, it can be challenging to find parking so allow yourself extra time.          

Inclement Weather Policy- In the event of iinclement weather, please following OPM's guidance at

The Real ID Act, passed in 2005, sets standards for the issuance of state driver licenses and became effective October 10th,2015 . Most states are in full compliance with the exception of Louisiana, New Hampshire, Minnesota, New York, and Samoa. If you have visitors coming to HQ from any of these locations, they must bring an alternate form of ID, such as a passport, military ID, PIV, or Veterans Health ID. If they only have the state ID, our guards will collect it upon entering the building and return it upon exit, and the visitor will require an escort from someone in the program office they are visiting for the duration of the visit.  To learn more about Real ID and a list of acceptable forms of identification, visit


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409 3rd St SW
409 3rd Street Southwest
Washington, DC 20024


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