SBA’s Chief Counsel for Advocacy to speak at Dec. 6 TAG forum

December 3, 2012 by

Dr. Winslow Sargeant, Chief Counsel for Advocacy with the U.S. Small Business Administration, is scheduled to speak at the Technology Association of Georgia’s Dec. 6, 2012 lunchtime forum.

As a co-founder of Aanetcom, a “fabless” semiconductor integrated circuit design company, Dr. Sargeant is all too familiar with the different rules and regulations small businesses adhere to on a day-to-day basis. Having designed, implemented and sold Aanetcom to PMC-Sierra, a publicly traded company, in March 2000, Dr. Sargeant will speak on and draw from his experiences as an entrepreneur and small business owner.

His discussion will highlight the Office of Advocacy’s mission to reduce burdensome rules and regulations on small businesses and the important role that the federal government plays in supporting small business. The conversation will focus on startup technologies and will also touch on the Advocacy’s new “entrepreneurship/innovation” initiative.

This event will be held in the Hodges Room, 3rd Floor, Centergy Building, 75 – 5th St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30308.

The Dec. 6 program agenda is:

11:30-12:00 Lunch12:00-12:45 Presentation12:45-1:00 Q&A with Audience

For more information, contact Heather Miner: gro.enilnogatnull@rehtaeh.   Or, register on-line at:    TAG members may attend free of charge.  There is a fee for non-members to attend.

SBA schedules 8(a) marketing workshop March 11th

December 3, 2012 by

8(a)-certified small businesses with a strong past performance record are encouraged to attend the SBA’s March 11, 2013 workshop. Participants will be provided with a basic foundation to successfully market the SBA 8(a) Business Development Certification. Included in the workshop are: a discussion of a case study using the SBA Form 1010C Business Plan, how to develop and use teaming agreements and joint venture agreements as well as a panel discussion of small business owners who have successfully marketed to the federal government.

Time: 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

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

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

To register:  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.

Federal contracting workshop for women and veteran-owned businesses to be held March 14th

December 3, 2012 by

The Georgia District office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is targeting women business owners and veterans for its next workshop focused on government wide procurement goals that encourage opportunities for small businesses.   This workshop will provide information on each program to become a successful entrepreneur in the contracting arena.

Who should attend: Women and Veterans who are interested in doing business with the federal government.

Topics to be covered:

  • 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.

Date: March 14, 2013

Time: 10:00 am to 12:30 pm

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

This workshop 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.


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.

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:

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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‘Secretary of Business’ post proposed, ridiculed

November 1, 2012 by

President Barack Obama wants to consolidate several federal agencies responsible for items regarding business, he said in a Monday (10/29/2012) interview with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program.

“We should have one secretary of business, instead of nine different departments that are dealing with things like getting loans to SBA (Small Business Administration) or helping companies with exports,” Obama said. “There should be a one-stop shop.”

Obama originally proposed a merger of several business-related in agencies in January by seeking reorganizational authority from Congress.

That plan included placing under one roof the Commerce Department‘s core business and trade functions, the SBA, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Export-Import Bank, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and the Trade and Development Agency.

According to Kent Hoover’s report for the Business Journal, the SBA currently has separate committees in both chambers of Congress, while the chambers also have separate commerce committees.

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SBA and Pentagon join forces to boost women in contracting

October 26, 2012 by

The Obama administration’s efforts to reach a congressional goal of steering 5 percent of federal contracting to women-owned small businesses were showcased Wednesday at an unusual forum that brought together Small Business Administration officials; a female contractors advocacy group; and specialists at the Pentagon, the largest awarder of federal contracts.

After two years, SBA’s Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program has fallen short of the 5 percent goal, awarding about 3.4 percent of contracts to women-owned contractors, according to Antonella Pianalto, vice president for government affairs at American Express. The company joined with the advocacy group Women Impacting Public Policy to sponsor the event held in Alexandria, Va., at the Defense Department’s new Mark Center.

Of 205,000 women-owned small businesses, she said, only 1.8 percent gross more than $1 million a year compared with 5.3 percent of all small businesses. But in federal contracting, as many as 42 percent top $1 million, which is a reason she helped launch a “Give me 5 percent” campaign in 2008 to educate women in small business and to make sure they register in a federal database and certify themselves as qualified women-owned entities.

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SBA increases size standards for 58 industries in three sectors

September 28, 2012 by

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) issued three final rules in the Federal Register, effective Oct. 24, 2012, increasing size standards for firms in three North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Sectors:  Real Estate and Rental and Leasing; Educational Services; and Health Care and Social Assistance.

Size standards define the maximum size a firm can be and still be considered a small business.  The revised standards reflect changes in marketplace conditions and public comments that SBA received to the proposed rules.

New size standards will enable more businesses in these sectors to obtain or retain small business status; will give federal agencies a larger pool of small businesses from which to choose for their procurement programs; and will make more small businesses eligible for SBA’s loan programs.

SBA increased size standards for businesses in 21 industries in the Real Estate and Rental and Leasing Sector.  More than 13,000 additional firms will qualify as small under these new size standards and become eligible for SBA loan and federal procurement programs.

SBA also increased size standards for nine industries for firms in the Educational Services Sector.  More than 1,500 additional businesses will qualify as small under the new size standards and become eligible for SBA loan and federal procurement programs.

Size standards for 28 industries were also increased for firms in the Health Care and Social Assistance Sector.  More than 4,100 additional firms will qualify as small under these new size standards and become eligible for SBA loan and federal procurement programs.

To review the three rules and public comments, go to  Each has a separate RIN number:

  • Real Estate and Rental and Leasing – (RIN 3245-AG28)
  • Educational Services – (RIN 3245-AG29)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance – (RIN 3245‑AG30)

The SBA is reviewing all size standards, and takes into account the structural characteristics of individual industries, including average firm size, the degree of competition, and federal government contracting trends.  This ensures that small business size definitions reflect current economic conditions in those industries.  Under the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, SBA will continue its comprehensive review of all size standards for the next several years.

The SBA issued a White Paper entitled “Size Standards Methodology” which explains how SBA establishes, reviews and modifies its receipts-based and employee-based small business size standards.  It is available at  For the latest about SBA’s revisions to small business size standards, click on “What’s New with Size Standards.”

For a chart with the changes for specific business sectors, click here.

Small business contracting goal remains elusive

September 21, 2012 by

The Obama administration has pushed agencies to increase contracting opportunities  with small businesses, most notably creating a governmentwide task force to  share  best practices.Yet the federal government, as a whole, has continued to miss its 23  percent small business contracting goal.

In fiscal 2011, federal agencies spent $91.5 billion on small business  contracts but were still $5.4 billion short, reaching 21.7 percent of the 23  percent goal. It was the sixth year in a row  the government missed the mark.

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