Workshop on women’s and veteran’s contracting programs to be held on Nov. 14

The Georgia District Office of the Small Business Administration (SBA) is holding an orientation to the SBA’s Women and Veteran Federal Contracting Programs on Nov. 14, 2013.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Eligibility requirements for service disabled veteran-owned small business concerns.
  • Patriot Express Loan Program
  • Eligibility requirements for the Women Owned Small Business  Contracting Program
  • How the WOSB Program can provide significant opportunities for women entrepreneurs.

Event Details:

  • Thursday, November 14, 2013
  • 10:00 AM –  12:30 PM EST
  • Location: SBA Georgia District Office, Peachtree  Center – Harris Tower, 233 Peachtree Street, NE – Suite 1900, Atlanta, GA, 30303

Register at:

SBA holds 8(a) and HUBZone eligibility workshop Nov. 13

The Georgia District Office of the Small Business Administration is holding a workshop on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 to provide an overview of the eligibility requirements for 8(a) and HUBZone certifications, and other procurement related information.

Event Details:

  • Wednesday, November 13, 2013
  • 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
  • Location: 233 Peachtree Street NE, Ste. 1900, Harris Tower-Peachtree Center, Atlanta, GA, 30303

Register at:

GSA to conduct ‘how to do business with GSA’ webinar Oct. 30th

The U.S. General Services Administration’s Regional Office of Small Utilization invites you to attend an informative online webinar: 

Learn the federal business ropes, from marketing to promoting sustainability!

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

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

This is a two-hour webinar.  It is scheduled to be held on Wednesday, October 30, 2013, from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM EDT.

To register for this no-cost event, go to:

Step-by-step 8(a) certification training offered by SBA on Oct. 17

The federal government’s 8(a) Business Development (BD) program is a part of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s efforts to promote equal business access for socially and economically disadvantaged individuals including Black Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, subcontinent Asian Americans, and in some cases women business owners.

Companies with an 8(a) Certification can benefit from the wide-range of services offered including government contracting opportunities, access to capital, management and technical assistance, and much more.


Thursday, October 17, 2013 10:00:00 AM – 1:00:00 PM EST


SBA Georgia District Office, Peachtree Center – Harris Tower, 233 Peachtree Street, Suite 1900, Atlanta, GA, 30303

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Pre-registration is required as seating is limited.  Register at:

Event Contact

Patrice Dozier at (404) 331-0101

SBA holds women and veterans federal contracting workshop Oct. 10th

Government-wide procurement goals provide opportunities for small businesses.   This Small Business Administration (SBA) workshop will provide information on two programs — one designed to benefit women-owned businesses and the other designed to help businesses owned by vets — to become a successful entrepreneur in the federal contracting arena.

Event Details

Topics To Be Covered:

1.  Eligibility requirements for service disabled veteran-owned small business concerns.

2.  Patriot Express Loan Program

3.  Eligibility requirements for the Women Owned Small Business  Contracting Program

4.  How the WOSB Program can provide significant opportunities for women entrepreneurs


Thursday, October 10, 2013 10:00:00 AM – 12:30:00 PM EST


SBA Georgia District Office, Peachtree Center – Harris Tower, 233 Peachtree Street, NE – Suite 1900, Atlanta, GA, 30303

Click here for Event Location Map

Event Sponsor

SBA Georgia  District Office

Registration Information

Pre-register at:

Event Contact

Patrice Dozier at (404) 331-0101.

New video offers expert instruction on registering in SAM

As you may know, one of the prerequisites for doing business with the federal government is registering in SAM — the System for Award Management.  Among other things, SAM is the government’s vendor data base — a way for government buyers (and prime contractors) to find you and pay you once you’re under contract.  The SAM database also serves many other purposes, all important to the acquisition process.

When SAM was created about a year ago, it aggressively combined several large, stand-alone databases and merged them into one.  The “data migration” challenge was great, and glitches emerged.  As a result, many vendors have experienced problems both in getting existing vendor files to move over to SAM (i.e., migrate) as well as with creating a new vendor registration from scratch.

Since SAM’s launch, the Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center (GTPAC) and GTPAC’s counterparts across the country have spent countless hours assisting businesses with SAM.  Our professional development association, the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC), has drawn upon what we’ve learned nationally and has created a new video that explains the SAM registration process.

The SAM instructional video is now available for viewing at:

If you are tackling SAM anytime soon, you’ll want to view the video for many helpful hints and tips.  For further help, contact a GTPAC counselor.  If you are located outside Georgia, contact a counselor with a procurement technical assistance center (PTAC) near you.  To find the nearest PTAC, please visit:

USDA hosts rural small business event in Macon on Sept. 24th

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is hosting Rural Small Business Connections Training in Macon, GA on Sept. 24, 2013.

This training event will provide small businesses with a series of educational networking sessions and opportunities on how to build capacity and successfully do business with USDA and other Federal agencies.

Conference attendees will have an opportunity to participate in a full day of learning discussions led by program and small business procurement officials from USDA, and other Federal agencies.

The event will be held on Tuesday, September 24, 2013, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on the campus of Middle Georgia State College (Macon Campus), 100 College Station Drive, Macon, GA 31206.

There is no fee to participate, however, pre-registration is preferred, with onsite registration available. To pre-register, please send your request to no later than September 19, 2013.

For more information, click here to download a flyer.




Fulton County hosts small business summit on Aug. 26th

Fulton County’s Economic Development Division is hosting Getting the Deal: Money, Process & Growth Strategies Summiton Monday, Aug. 26, 2013.  The Summit kicks-off the County’s “Small Business Initiative.”  The event will be held at Georgia Tech Research Institute Conference Center from 8:00 am until 6:00 pm.

The “Small Business Initiative” is designed to provide valuable information and support to start-up, small, and midsize businesses in Fulton County.   Specifically, the program will focus on emerging market opportunities, positioning businesses to access those markets, applying new technology and marketing tools, and business financing.

A major highlight of the Summit includes Dr. Randall Pinkett delivering the Summit’s keynote address.   Dr. Pinkett was winner in the fourth series of Donald Trump’s “The Apprentice.”  He is a Rhodes Scholar with five advanced degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Oxford.  He is the chairman and CEO of BCT Partners, LLC based in Newark, NJ.  His success story is the perfect fit to inspire entrepreneurs to continue to strive to reach their goals.

Another highlight of the Summit is the afternoon keynote speaker, Stephen Fleming.   Mr. Fleming is Vice President and Executive Director of Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive university-based program of assistance to business and industry.  Mr. Fleming has served as Georgia Tech’s chief commercialization officer and led the Enterprise Innovations Institute’s commercialization services division in creating new companies based on research discoveries. He has over 10 years of private equity experience. Prior to his venture capital career, he spent 15 years in operations roles at AT&T Bell Laboratories, Nortel Networks and LICOM, a venture-funded startup.

Workshop topics to be addressed during the Summit include:

  • U.S. Small Business Administration: the Basics…and Then Some
  • Basic Steps for Entering the Federal Procurement Marketplace
  • Affordable Healthcare Act and Health Care Reform Opportunities
  • Roadmap to Securing Strategic International Trade Opportunities
  • Small Business Financing
  • Franchise Opportunities for Small to Midsize Companies
  • Expanding Green Opportunities – Advancing The Green Economy
  • Cutting-Edge Marketing Strategies & Techniques
  • New Business Development Opportunities
  • Small Business Resources

Attendance is limited, and pre-registration is required.  To register to attend, visit:

Georgia DOT hosts statewide DBE conference Sept. 10th

The support services consultant to the Georgia Department of Transportation, MH Miles Company CPA, PC, is holding a statewide “Blueprint for Success” Conference on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013.

The theme of the day-long conference, “Delivering Results, Building Partnerships, Executing with Excellence,” is designed to give disadvantaged business enterprises (DBEs) fundamental tools to ensure a solid infrastructure for managing a successful business.  The conference’s objective is to create an opportunity to establish relationships with industry experts, prime contractors, and GDOT personnel.  The conference will include:

  • Technical Assistance Workshops
  • A Networking Event
  • Presentation on Upcoming GDOT projects

Registration is required by August 26, 2013.  Registration can be accomplished on-line at:

The event is being held at the Emory Conference Center Hotel, 1615 Clifton Road, Decatur, GA 30329.

Questions about this event may be directed to:

Anthony Miles
DBE Supportive Services Administrator
MHMiles Company CPA, PC

Government contracting courses for 2014 announced

The Contracting Education Academy at Georgia Tech (The Academy) has released its course calendar for calendar year 2014.

Representatives of both the government and private sectors will be pleased to learn that the courses include both traditional favorites as well as new offerings for 2014.

The Academy is an official training equivalency provider of the Defense Acquisition University (DAU).  Since each of The Academy’s courses is DAU-equivalent, they satisfy the federal government’s FAC-C and DAWIA certification programs.  In addition, continuing education units (CEUs) are granted by the Georgia Institute of Technology.

  • The Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting Program (FAC-C) establishes graduated education, experience, and training standards for contracting professionals in all civilian agencies. FAC-C certifications are mutually accepted among all civilian agencies as documentation of accomplishment of these standards.
  • The Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) established a very similar, but not identical, program for the Department of Defense (DoD). Civilian agencies may accept DAWIA certification as equivalent to FAC-C certification.

Of particular interest to representatives of the business community is the fact that The Academy’s coursework has been tailored to be relevant to both government contractors and government contracting professionals.  This makes The Academy’s classroom one of the few places anywhere where representatives of the private and government sectors can learn side-by-side about federal acquisition.   As a result, students find Academy courses especially rich in content and lively in conduct.

Courses currently scheduled for 2014 include:

To see each course’s scheduled dates, please click on the links above or visit: