Essnova Receives Certification Under the SBA 8(a) Program

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Essnova Receives Certification Under the SBA 8(a) Program

Essnova Receives Certification Under the SBA 8(a) Program

Stennis Space Center, MS – Birmingham, AL-based geospatial firm Essnova, a new member of the Enterprise for Innovative Geospatial Solutions (EIGS) Cluster, announced the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) certified the company’s participation in the 8(a) Business Development program.

“Receiving certification under the SBA 8(a) Program gives our company a great opportunity to continue to develop our business, as well as generate incredible teaming relationships,” said Sridhara Gutti, President & CEO of the firm. “8(a) certification gives us an additional means to successfully compete for government business, which will add to our growth and our ability to bring jobs to our community and beyond.”

The SBA designed the 8(a) program to provide business development assistance to companies owned and managed by socially and economically-disadvantaged individuals. To receive SBA certification, an applicant must: be a small business; be unconditionally owned and controlled by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals who are of good character, be citizens of the United States; and must demonstrate potential for success. The certification gives Essnova the opportunity to bid on contracts that are specifically set aside for SBA 8(a) program participants.

“I would like to congratulate Essnova for making it through the rigorous process of certification into the 8(a) program.” States Craig Harvey with EIGS. “The process can take up to a year and ensures that only the highest qualified companies are selected into the program.”

Serving a wide range of commercial clients across the globe, Essnova is rapidly emerging as a market leader for geospatial consulting. A team of GIS professionals founded Essnova in 2005 filling an industry need for an IT consulting firm who could combine deep experience in GIS with a more cost effective approach to project engagements. Essnova is an SBA 8(a) Certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) based in Birmingham, Alabama and is led by a highly qualified and experienced management team. To find out more, please visit

About EIGS:

The EIGS cluster, whose geographic region currently encompasses the northern Gulf Coast from the East Texas border to Pensacola, consists of similar and complementary organizations in the geospatial industry sector, including private companies, universities, associations, state agencies, and Federal agencies.  For more information, visit