Current Availability and Certifications


HCI holds two significant certification vehicles: 8(a) and Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) accreditation, awarded through the Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBA conducts a rigorous certification process, requiring candidates to demonstrate commitment to diversity, inclusion, and leading by example. HCI founder Thelma Hite Harris agrees, “Diversity and inclusion are key ingredients to success.”

8(a) Business Development Program

The 8(a) Business Development Program offers a broad scope of assistance to small businesses that are owned and controlled at least 51% by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. These businesses must be defined as a small business according to the standards for small business concerns, and they must demonstrate a potential for success (usually by being in business for two or more years).

Participants in the program are eligible to receive sole-source contracts up to a ceiling of $4 million for goods and services and $6.5 million for manufacturing. 8(a) firms are also able to form joint ventures and teams to bid on contracts. In order to help achieve program goals, 8(a) firms must maintain a balance between their commercial and government business.

The SBA monitors and measures the progress of participants through annual reviews, business planning, and systematic evaluations.

Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB)

An Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) is a small business concern that is at least 51 percent directly and unconditionally owned and controlled by one or more women who are citizens (born or naturalized) of the United States and who are economically disadvantaged.

Training and Development Programs

HCI and its pool of former federal senior- and/or executive-level consultants can deliver services in the following NAICS codes:

  • 541611 Administrative Management and General Management Consulting Services
  • 541612 Human Resources
  • 541990 All Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
  • 561110 Office Administrative Services
  • 561410 Document Preparation Services
  • 561920 Convention and Trade Show Organizers
  • 611430 Professional and Management Development Training