SBA to host small business certifications workshop on April 15th

December 3, 2012 by

The Atlanta District Office of the Small Business Administration (SBA) is holding a workshop for small business owners to overview the major public and private sector certifications that can be helpul in winning both government and commercial contracts.  Included is an overview of the popular SBA 8(a) Business Development Program as well as the Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) program, the Women-Owned Small Business program, and the Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses Federal Contract Program.   Since this is an overview, newly started and long-term existing small business owners are encouraged to attend.

Date: 04/15/2013

Time: 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Location:   U. S. Small Business Administration, Peachtree Center—Harris Tower, 233 Peachtree Street, N.E., Suite 1900, Atlanta, GA 30303

Presenter:  Mr. Lloyd Atkins, Business Consultant for the University of Georgia, Small Business Development Center, Office of Minority Business Development and SBA Georgia District Office employees.

Admission is free, but pre-registration is required as seating is limited.

Registration: Go to  Scroll down to the events calendar and click on the words “Click Here for the District Events.”  Then, select and register for the class you are interested in attending.

GDOT audit finds flaws in disadvantaged business certification process

December 3, 2012 by

An audit completed amid concerns about airport contracts found flaws in the Georgia Department of Transportation’s process to certify businesses with “disadvantaged” status for government contracts. The internal audit discovered calculation errors in more than two-thirds of the sampling of applications it reviewed.

The findings of the audit raise questions about the disadvantaged business certification process GDOT had been using, but it’s not clear how many of the applicants reviewed went on to win contracts.

The “disadvantaged business enterprise” certifications give firms special consideration, since agencies set goals to award a certain percentage of contracts to disadvantaged firms.

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Webinar on GSA’s mentor-protégé program Feb. 14th

December 3, 2012 by

GSA’s webinar series, designed to provide vendors with an indepth look at partnering with the agency, continues on Feb. 14, 2013.

In this session, “The Mentor Protégé Program,” you will:

  • Review the overall GSA Mentor-Protégé Program Process
  • Identify the steps to applying
  • Learn the policies and procedures
  • Understand expectations for participating in the GSA Mentor-Protégé Program

Make sure to take “Doing Business with GSA” to maximize the benefits of all additional training.  You can download this session here: “Doing Business with GSA”  – it’s a good pre-requisite to all GSA training.

Space is limited.  Click here to register today!

‘How to do business with GSA’ webinar Feb. 27th

December 3, 2012 by

The U.S. General Services Administration’s Office of Small Business Utilization is sponsoring an on-line webinar on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, from 9:30 to 11:30 am EST.

This webinar gives businesses the opportunity to the “learn the federal ropes” from marketing to promoting sustainability.

GSA’s Office of Small Business Utilization advocates for small, minority, veteran, HUBZone, and women business owners.  The webinar will focus on the steps to “Doing Business with GSA” through contracting
options, sustainability, and more, including:

  • GSA’s procurement policies and methods
  • Accessing government solicitations
  • Marketing your products/services
  • GSA Schedules Program Pros and Cons
  • The GSA Mentor Protege Program
  • GSA and Sustainability

Space is limited.  Reserve your webinar seat now at:

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

System Requirements:

  • PC-based attendees requirements: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
  • Mac®-based attendees  requirements: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer
  • Mobile attendees requirements: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

For additional information, please contact Janice Bracey at vog.asgnull@yecarb.ecinaj

Small business/small contract webinar to be held Feb. 26th

December 3, 2012 by

On February 26, 2013, the National Academies’ Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable (GUIRR) will host a special webinar on RFP-EZ, a new online marketplace that streamlines the government contracting process, making it simpler for small businesses to find and bid on low-dollar contracts from federal agencies. The U.S. Small Business Administration, in conjunction with the White House’s Presidential Innovation Fellows, recently launched a “beta” (pilot) version of RFP-EZ. The new program allows the government to source low-cost, high-impact solutions from innovative tech companies. A limited number of low-dollar contracts through the RFP-EZ website. If successful, the pilot will be expanded to include more contracts for a more diverse group of innovative startups.
On this one-hour webinar, you will hear about how the streamlined process helps save significant amounts of time for all types of business, especially high-growth startups. RFP-EZ represents a unique opportunity for innovative startups to easily access the federal government marketplace and, in turn, help fuel job growth throughout the country. By simply creating a company profile on the beta site, each small business can search and bid for contracts relevant to its skill set. A small business can easily search for an opportunity, see a statement of work, and bid all within the RFP-EZ web interface.
To register for this free webinar, click on this URL:

Online dashboard gives vendors insights into government IT purchasing

November 29, 2012 by

The General Services Administration launched a new online dashboard Tuesday that lists agencies’ information technology spending using governmentwide acquisition contracts.

The dashboard’s goal is to help agencies make “data driven” decisions about where to invest IT funding and to give federal IT vendors insight into new business opportunities, the agency said in a press release.

Governmentwide acquisition contracts, or GWACs, are master contracts for popular IT products and services that agencies can simply purchase for a set price rather than negotiate their own agreements with the vendor or put requirement out for competitive bids.

The dashboard allows users to organize GWAC purchases stretching back to 2004 by agency or vendor.

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Businessman falsely claiming to be service-disabled veteran sentenced to 7 years in prison

November 26, 2012 by

A federal judge on Monday sentenced a Blue Springs businessman who claimed to be a war hero to more than seven years in prison for taking federal contracts meant for disabled veterans.

Warren K. Parker pleaded guilty in April in Kansas federal court to two counts of fraud, one count of money laundering and one count of making a false statement, admitting he had falsely claimed to be a disabled veteran who had received three Silver Stars and three Purple Hearts.

Parker used a false resume to secure more than $6.7 million in contracts for his company, Silver Star Construction LLC, with the Department of Veterans Affairs and more than $748,000 in Defense Department contracts, according to the Kansas U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Investigators found that Parker served in the Missouri National Guard from 1963 to 1968. He never left Missouri while assigned to the guard or in the six months he spent on active duty, prosecutors said.

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Webinar on how to do business with GSA scheduled Nov. 28

November 21, 2012 by

The General Services Administration (GSA) is conducting a free webinar on Nov. 28, 2012 to explain:

  • contracting options,
  • sustainability,
  • GSA’s procurement policies and methods,
  • accessing government solicitations,
  • marketing your products/services,
  • GSA Schedules Program pros and cons, and
  • GSA Mentor-Protege Program.

Small, minority, veteran, service-disabled veteran, HUBZone, and women-owned small business owners are especailly encouraged to participate.

The webinar will take place on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. EDT

To participate, please email Janice Bracey at: vog.asgnull@yecarb.ecinaj.  (You will then be sent instructions on how to access the webinar)

GSA plans Schedules webinar on Jan. 10th

November 19, 2012 by

Now you have a chance to be briefed — directly by GSA officials – on GSA Schedules and small business set asides.

The Office of Acquisition Management of the General Services Administration is conducting a live webinar, at no cost, on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm EST.

No pre-registration is necessary.  Just visit shortly before 1:00 pm on Jan. 10th.  Then, follow these instructions:

1. Enter as a GUEST and type your Full Name
2. Enter Room. (There is no Password).
3. You will be connected to audio using your computer’s speakers (VoIP).  Turn up your computer volume and uncheck ‘mute’.
4. Question and Answer period will be conducted by ‘Chat’.
By participating, you’ll learn how the Federal Acquisition Regulation was changed to provide agencies with discretionary authority to set-aside orders against multiple award contracts for small business.

Big firms edge out small businesses for billions in awards

November 16, 2012 by

Major U.S. companies including General Dynamics Corp. and Medtronic Inc. have received billions of dollars in federal government contracts that were supposed to go to small businesses

The BGOV Barometer shows that about $4.74 billion, or 45 percent, of more than $10.6 billion targeted for small businesses under government acquisition rules were won by bigger competitors in the year that ended Sept. 30, 2011, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Companies that need the revenue the most are losing opportunities, said Margot Dorfman, chief executive officer of the Washington-based U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce.

“I think this particular issue should be one of the top concerns of the Small Business Administration and the president,” Dorfman said in an interview. “Fix it now. Let’s not wait.”

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