The Minority Business Development 8(a) Program is an SBA business development program created to help small disadvantaged businesses compete in the American economy and access the federal procurement market. To participate in the 8(a) program, a business must be a small business, at least 51 percent unconditionally owned and operated by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals who are of good character and citizens of the United States, and must demonstrate potential for success. Without evidence to the contrary, the following individuals are presumed to be socially disadvantaged: African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Pacific Islanders and Subcontinent Asian Americans. Economic disadvantage is defined as individuals who are socially disadvantaged and whose ability to compete in the free enterprise system has been impaired due to diminished capital and credit opportunities, as compared to others in the same or similar line of business and competitive market area who are not socially disadvantaged. The business must have been established for two full years before applying.