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.
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 www.sba.gov/ga. 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.
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.
Keep reading this article at: http://www.ajc.com/news/business/gdot-audit-finds-flaws-in-disadvantaged-business-c/nTHtQ/.
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!
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: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/152980351
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.
- 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 email@example.com
November 29, 2012 by cs
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.
Keep reading this article at: http://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2012/11/gsa-launches-governmentwide-acquisitions-dashboard/59758/?oref=nextgov_today_nl.
November 26, 2012 by cs
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.
November 21, 2012 by cs
The General Services Administration (GSA) is conducting a free webinar on Nov. 28, 2012 to explain:
- contracting options,
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org. (You will then be sent instructions on how to access the webinar)
November 19, 2012 by cs
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 http://gsafas.adobeconnect.com/schedules shortly before 1:00 pm on Jan. 10th. Then, follow these instructions:
November 16, 2012 by cs
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.”
Keep reading this article at: http://about.bgov.com/2012/11/13/big-firms-edge-out-small-for-billions-in-awards-bgov-barometer/