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.

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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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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‘Business Breakthrough’ resources now available

October 10, 2012 by

The Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center (GTPAC) played host last week to a three-day workshop sponsored by the General Services Administration (GSA).  Titled “Business Breakthrough,” the Sept. 27-29, 2011 workshop was designed to assist businesses in the region navigate contracting opportunities and methods with GSA.

GSA oversees the business of the U.S. federal government. GSA’s acquisition solutions supplies federal purchasers with products and services from commercial vendors. GSA also manages all non-military buildings, and oversees the preservation of historic federal properties. Its policies cover travel, property and management practices.

GSA leadership from Washington, DC were on hand at the event as were representatives of GSA’s Region IV office.

A number of resources were made available to GTPAC as a result of hosting the workshop, and we’re happy to share them with you.  Links are provided below to  all workshop materials:

Resource documents you’ll be interested in accesing are:




Details announced for University System of Georgia’s Oct. 15th procurement expo

October 3, 2012 by

The University System of Georgia has announced details for this year’s procurement expo.

The expo will be held on the campus of the University of Georgia on Monday, Oct. 15, 2012 from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm in the Tate Student Center, located at 45 Baxter Street, Athens, GA 30602.

The major purpose of this annual expo is to inform and encourage prospective vendors to do business with the colleges and universities that make up the University System of Georgia.

The program and registration information can be found by clicking here: USG Procurement Expo Brochure 10.15.2012

On-line registration is at:

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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Georgia Tech helps you grow your business through government contracts

September 20, 2012 by

According to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the government spends more than $500 billion a year on products and services. In addition, the government through initiatives such as the Make It In America campaign by NIST is focusing on American Made Products.

As a manufacturer in Georgia, you should be looking at new ways to grow your business. The government market is massive. The dollars are being spent. If you are not already doing business within the government sector, it’s time to take a serious look at this opportunity. Government contracts represent:

  • Steady business
  • Reliable business
  • A client that pays their bills
  • Potential for repeat business for years to come

The Contracting Education Academy at Georgia Tech offers two different professional education courses, designed to allow you to work side-by-side with government contractors and contracting officials to gain valuable insight into the contracting process – insights that allow you to uncover opportunities, compete effectively, and win government contracts. Contracting officers are required to take these courses to maintain their certification. Don’t miss your chance to uncover ways to grow your business, as these are the only courses in the country that allow contracting officials and companies to learn alongside one another.

CON 120: Mission Focused Contracting Two week boot camp designed to teach you the government’s entire acquisition process. You will leave this course prepared to submit bids for government work to make a positive impact on your business growth and bottom line.

CON 260B: The Small Business Programs Three day course designed to focus on the small business manager’s role within the government contracting process. You will leave this course with the knowledge of how the government designates dollars for small business and how you can meet the government’s requirement for subcontracting with Small Business.

Collectively, these courses will help you:

  • Discover business growth opportunities for your company in the government sector
  • Learn how to develop a bid proposal that will put you ahead of the competition
  • Gain insight on ways to get your small business subcontracting plans approved
  • Network with and learn alongside government contracting officials to gain a better understanding of the process, roles, and responsibilities of government contracting
  • Understand how your company fits in as an important member of the acquisition team

For more information on the Contracting Education Academy at Georgia Tech, click here.

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Edge Connection sponsors “Kitchen Incubator Conference” on Oct. 3rd

August 31, 2012 by

If you are a food service provider who is frustrated in your search for affordable kitchen space to prepare your food product, you’ll be interested to know that Kennesaw State University’s The Edge Connection is sponsoring a half-day Kitchen Incubator Conference on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012.  The event is being hosted by Georgia Power and is being held at  their headquarters at 241 Ralph McGill Blvd. in Atlanta.

By attending, you will:

  • learn what the State of Georgia laws require regarding food preparation.
  • network with other food preparers in the State.
  • hear testimonials from successful small business owners who sell their recipes to the public.

Individual registrations are $25.  For more information and to register, please click here: Kitchen+Incubator+Conference+2012.