Mentor-Protégé Changes Coming with the SBA Final Rule

June 9, 2016 SBA Mentor-Protégé Changes: A Boost for Small Businesses Source: Business.com, Business.com Editorial Staff, June 7, 2016 Recent rule changes issued by the Small Business Administration (SBA) provide significant improvements for government contractors in 2016. In particular, a … Continued

SBA Plans to Increase Number of 8(a) Participants

May 31, 2016 8(a) Program Participation Down 34% Since 2010 Source: SmallGovCon, Steven Koprince, April 11, 2016 Participation in the SBA’s 8(a) Program has declined from about 7,000 firms in 2010 to only around 4,500 today–a sharp drop of approximately … Continued

The SBA’s Mentor-Protege Program Examined

March 14, 2016 Lapsed SBA Mentor-Protege Agreement Makes Joint venture Firms Affiliated and No Longer “Small” Source: FAR Consulting & Training, Richard D. Lieberman, March 8, 2016 In North Star Magnus Pacific Joint Venture, SBA No. SIZ-5715, Feb. 17, 2016, … Continued

Is HUBZone Red Tape Worth It?

Program for businesses in distressed areas plagued by red tape Completing HUBZone paperwork can be a daunting task for many businesses.  However it may pay off in the long run as illustrated by this company in Delaware. Source: delawareonline, Article … Continued

Additional WOSB Changes Coming

Changes on the Horizon for the SBA 8(m) Women-Owned Small Business Program Source: JD Supra Business Advisor, Article written by Jennifer Boll, published July 13, 2015 Additional regulations governing the federal contracting “set-aside” program and now also the “sole source” … Continued

Settlement Reached on False 8(a) Program Status

Contractor pays $7.8M for falsely claiming 8(a) status Source: FederalTimes, Article written by Aaron Boyd, published July 7, 2015 A government contractor agreed to pay $7.8 million to settle claims it falsely represented itself as a small disadvantaged business, illegally … Continued

Steps Taken to Broaden Small Business Participation at DHS

GAO: DHS steps help small business gain more contracting opportunities, but more data needed Source: FierceHomelandSecurity, Article written by Dibya Sarkar, published June 29, 2015 The Homeland Security Department has taken several key steps to broaden small business participation in … Continued

Mississippi SBA Seeking 8(a) and HUBZONE Eligible Firms

SBA Mississippi statewide application & destination HUBZone conferences In national and statewide efforts, the Mississippi SBA is currently seeking firms that may be eligible for its 8(a) and HUBZone Programs for two primary purposes:  To increase applications and to expand … Continued