Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a cost to partcipate in B-GAP?
There is no direct cost to you to participate in the full B-GAP program, if:
How can I participate in B-GAP?
To participate in the full B-GAP program, you must:
Be an NJSBDC client and
Meet the Participation Criteria and
Sign the Participation Commitment
What are the Participation Criteria for B-GAP?
To participate in B-GAP, you must meet the following criteria:
Have revenue of $1 million or more
Have 10 or more employees
Sign the Participation Agreement
Can I be part of the B-GAP if my company doesn't meet the Participation Criteria?
The full B-GAP program is only available to those business that meet the criteria and make the required Participation Commitment. So the short answer is no you may not be a B-GAP participant.
What are my alternatives if I can't become a B-GAP client/participant?
The following alternatives are available through Northwest NJSBDC for non B-GAP clients/participants.
As an NJSBDC client, you are eligible for the standard repetoire of SBDC services or
You can participate in the Operational Assessment ONLY Option (OAO2)
What is the Operational Assessment ONLY Option (OAO2) program?
This option is built upon the Assessment Tool central to Northwest NJSBDC's Business Growth Accelerator Protocol B-GAP. However, use of the Assessment Tool by non-particpating businesses requires a processing fee to help defray the costs associated with B-GAP's on-going development. There is NO conulting/counseling provided with OAO2.
What are the fees for the OAO2 program, the alternative to B-GAP?
The fee for OAO2 participants depends on your company's status as an SMB in NJ or elsewhere. If the business is, or has been, an NJSBDC client, but does not currently meet the B-GAP criteria or or is unwilling to accept the B-GAP commitment, the standard fees for for OAO2 may be discounted.
Can I use B-GAP for one of my clients instead of my own business/company?
Northwest NJSBDC deals directly with business owners and does NOT support organizations, businesses or consultants/advisors on a client's behalf. As such the development of B-GAP was costly and the sevices provided are highly valued in the business community.