Small Business Training - SBA Empower to Grow

Formerly 7(j) Program
Coley is one of the few selected to provide training and workshops for the Empower to Grow (formerly 7(j) program) to eligible small businesses nationwide.  We are working with the Small Business Administration to provide training, executive education and one-on-one consulting under a blanket purchase agreement.

Blanket Purchase Agreement

Agency: Small Business Administration
Awarded to: Coley & Associates
Contract #: SBAHQ17A012
NAICS: 541511 – Administrative Management and General Management Consulting Services

The type of assistance is determined by your needs and can involve a wide range of business disciplines including:

Coley’s team of expert consultants provide advice and support for all aspects of your GSA contract. Our full range of services virtually eliminate your day-to-day administrative burden and maximize GSA Schedule return on investment.Our proactive GSA Schedule management services have the potential to improve your company’s profitability while protecting your assets and management team.


Contract Management

Strategic & Operational Planning


Contract Compliance

Software Applications

Business Development

Financial Analysis

SBA Empower to Grow Program FAQs

What is the 7(j) Program?
The Empower to Grow Program (formerly 7(j) Program) is funded the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) with a network of partners to help firms successfully compete for federal, state and local contracting opportunities as a prime contractor or subcontractor.


Is the Empower to Grow Program Training Free?
If you are eligible, Yes.

Section 7(j)(1) of the Small Business Act, 15 U.S.C. 636(j)(1), authorizes SBA to enter into grants, cooperative agreements, or contracts with public or private organizations to pay all or part of the cost of technical or management assistance for individuals or concerns eligible for assistance under sections 7(a)(11), 7(j)(10), or 8(a) of the Small Business Act.

Who is Eligible for the 7(j) Program?
To be eligible, your firm must meet one of the following criteria:

  • A current participant in the 8(a) Business Development Program;
  • A small business that is owned and controlled by an economically and socially disadvantaged individual;
  • A small business located in an area of high unemployment or low-income; or
  • A small business that is owned by a low-income individual
How do I receive Assistance?
Training requires registration and approval from the SBA.  You can request training through your 8(a) office or the Office of Government Contracting & Business Development.

Find your local SBA district office here to discuss the training available that match your needs.

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