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  • Submitted on 30 June 2014

    Created on June 30, 2014
     

    SpotlightOriginally posted at SBA.gov Community

    “Government contracting.” “Small business certification.” You’ve heard the phrases before, but what do they really mean? And does it really matter for your small business? Maybe – and maybe not. Let’s cut through all the noise and define these phrases in a meaningful way for your entrepreneurial endeavors.

    What is government contracting?

    Government contracting is the process that lets you sell your goods or services to the government and its various agencies. The government has a contract, or agreement, with you whereby it purchases what you do or make. And U.S. government agencies buy a lot from small businesses – nearly $100 billion worth of goods and services each year! From market research to janitorial services, if you want to make the government your customer, there’s a good chance there’s a need for what you offer.

  • Submitted on 28 April 2014

    Created on April 28, 2014
     

    Open DialogThe Chief Acquisition Officers Council (CAOC), in coordination with the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council (FAR Council), the Chief Information Officers Council (CIOC), the General Services Administration (GSA), and the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP), is conducting an open dialogue to discuss improvements to the federal acquisition process.

    This dialogue is part of an ongoing effort to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the federal acquisition system by identifying impactful steps that can be taken by agencies to improve the way they do business with the best companies and enter into contracts that allow these companies to provide their best solutions for the taxpayer. Submit your feedback by May 5, 2014.

  • Submitted on 04 March 2014

    Created on March 4, 2014
     
     
     
    Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
     
    Location
    U.S. Department of Transportation Headquarters
    1200 New Jersey Ave SE
    Washington, DC 20590

    Women in Transportation Symposium: Promoting Future Industry LeadersThe U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Office of Small Disadvantaged Business (OSDBU) invites you to the “Women In Transportation Symposium: Promoting Future Industry Leaders.” Hosted by the OSDBU, and in partnership with the National Association of Black Women in Construction (NABWIC), the event commemorates Women’s History Month by focusing on the empowerment of Women Owned Businesses and young women interested in careers within the transportation industry.

    Attendees will learn about new initiatives, resources to help grow their businesses and upcoming contracting opportunities from DOT leadership, including Acting Deputy Secretary Victor Mendez, and key industry stakeholders. Agency internship program leads and private sector representatives will be available to provide career tips and discuss available resources to high school and college students.

    There will also be an active Networking Session where attendees will have the chance to interact, increase their marketing efforts and learn about potential opportunities directly from Small Business Specialists from each DOT Mode, state and local transportation representatives, and Prime Contractors. Representatives from across the Mid-Atlantic Region will also be available to discuss the upcoming Purple and Red Line Metro Projects in Maryland and the South Capital Bridge Project in the District of Columbia.

    Capacity is limited and participants must be pre-registered. For security purposes, all participants must present a picture I.D. on the day of the event. Doors will open at 9:00 am, at the main building entrance.

  • Submitted on 13 January 2014

    The U.S. Small Business Administration will present Not Just Contracts: The SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program, the first of a free, two-part webinar series on Jan.15 at 2 p.m. EST.  The second webinar will be held Jan. 22 at 2 p.m. ET.

    The hour-long webinars will cover:

    • Eligibility requirements for 8(a) certification

    • Technical assistance available through the 8(a) Program

    • Common misconceptions about the 8(a) Program

    • The top reasons why an 8(a) application is declined or returned 

    The first webinar will focus on how the 8(a) Program works, eligibility requirements, technical assistance available to small disadvantaged businesses and common myths about the program.

  • Submitted on 18 December 2013

    Created on December 18, 2013
     

    The 8(a) Business Development Program - Helping you compete in the federal marketplaceThe U.S. Small Business Administration's 8(a) Business Development Program is designed to help small, disadvantaged businesses compete in the federal marketplace. The 8(a) Program offers executive level business training that helps to keep your small business competitive. Read on to learn about the benefits, the requirements and how to apply. What is the 8(a) Business Development Program?

  • Submitted on 30 August 2012

    Created on August 30, 2012

    Mark McComas, Alejandra Castillo, & Paul PendergastYesterday, MBDA National Deputy Director Alejandra Castillo wrapped-up a two day visit to California to meet first hand with the California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) and prime contractors for the BART Warm Springs and the Transbay Terminal in San Francisco. Meetings included productive conversations with CA High Speed Rail Authority, Kiewit, Tutor Parsons Zachary Group, Skanska Shimmick and Herzog Joint Venture, and the Webcore Obayashi Joint Venture.

    During these meetings, National Deputy Director Alejandra Castillo highlighted three overarching issues that must be factored in for the CHSRA and its prime contractors to achieve a 30 percent participation rate of Small Business/Disadvantaged Businesses for the California high speed rail project. First and foremost, is the need to develop and execute an aggressive communication and outreach plan to effectively and creatively notify potential minority-owned firms of the project, contracting opportunities and teaming arrangements. A second consideration is for the CHRA and prime contractors to create a dynamic and broad-based inventory of qualified and capable minority-owned firms. Lastly, Ms. Castillo offered to leverage the Federal government to assist with identifying minority-owned firms with experience in construction and infrastructure projects. 

  • Submitted on 29 August 2012

    Created on August 29, 2012

    High Speed Rail Path from Los Angeles to Sacramento

    Representing minority-owned businesses nationwide, Alejandra Castillo, is blazing a path through California’s bay area to ensure that MBDA clients will have a fair shot at the many contracting opportunities surrounding the construction of the California high-speed rail system. Ms. Castillo arrived in San Francisco yesterday to begin a series of meetings with the California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA). The high speed rail will link Los Angeles and San Francisco in less than 2 hours and 40 minutes, traveling at speeds approaching 220 miles per hour.

    The $68 billion project has the potential to create 100,000 jobs for each year that construction is underway and another 450,000 permanent new jobs statewide over the next 25 years. High-speed rail means tens of thousands of good, family-supporting jobs for California — jobs not just to build the trains and the train line, but also jobs to operate and maintain it. And there’s more — hundreds more jobs will be created for suppliers, restaurants and other businesses along the route.

    Just last week, California High Speed Rail Authority CEO, Jeff Morales, signed a Small and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Policy, formalizing a 30 percent small business participation goal. “MBDA is very excited about this project and its prospects of putting Americans back to work. We are collaborating with our partners to ensure that 30% of the project will be completed by minority-owned firms,” said Alejandra Castillo, National Deputy Director of the Minority Business Development Agency.

  • Submitted on 30 May 2012

    On May 16, 2012, SBA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to address the use of set-asides on multiple award contracts and to clarify the regulations on bundling and contract consolidation. This proposed rule would amend SBA’s regulations to implement the following sections of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010: section 1311 (definition of multiple award contract); section 1313 (consolidation of contracts definitions, policy, limitations on use, determination on necessary and justified); and section 1331 (reservation and set-aside of multiple award contracts and orders against multiple award contracts for small businesses). SBA also is proposing  to amend the NAICS code appeal rules to permit challenges to NAICS codes on unrestricted procurements. SBA is proposing an amendment to the limitations on subcontracting to explain that the period of performance for each order issued against a multiple award contract will be used to determine compliance with the performance requirements.

    Comments on the proposed rule will be accepted by SBA until July 16, 2012.

  • Submitted on 03 April 2012

    Top TipsSearching the web for contracts can be extremely frustrating. If you are not familiar with the process a simple search can present a list of contracts that can take days to review. How can you simplify the effort while still keeping it effective?

    Tip 1: Make sure you are listed on the Central Contract Registry (CCR) www.ccr.gov.  You cannot bid on solicitations unless you are listed on this website.

    Tip 2: Check out government agencies “Wish List”. The “Wish List” is just that, a list of project/contracts that, if the money is available, they would like to purchase. The wish list is also known as a Presolicitation List. The items on the wish list may or may not ever be let for bid, but by watching this list you can maintain an awareness of planed projects or potential contracts.

    There are many helpful web sites available. Acquisition Central lets you search forecasts by agency: https://www.acquisition.gov/comp/procurement_forecasts/index.html.

    Tip 3: Use www.FedBizOpps.gov. This site lists almost all contracts over $25,000 being solicited by the federal government. There are three or more ways to search on this site. The first method is to search “ALL”. You may do this once just to get a feel, but it can easily cause information overload, too much information to be useful.

    With experience you will find the best method is to search FedBizOpps by keyword and enter your product/service or zip code. Using this method you can find all solicitations for “cheese”, or “computers” or “socks” or “food services” or whatever you may wish to sell/provide to the government. You can most easily limit the listing of interested contracts by using the keyword search.

  • Submitted on 27 March 2012

    FBO Screen ShotFederal Business Opportunities commonly known as Fed Biz Ops or FBO is a free web-based portal which allows vendors to review Federal Procurement Opportunities over $25,000.

    Purpose: Federal Opportunities, Data Research

    Who should register in Fed Biz Ops?

    • Any business enterprise registered in the CCR that would like to search for federal procurement opportunities value at $25,000 or greater

    What is required to register?

    • Registered vendors should complete a standard business profile that include, DUNS, CAGE, and MPIN numbers

    Who can access Fed Biz Ops?

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