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

Last Chance for Vendors to be Added to SeaPort-e Contracts

December1, 2015 Rolling Admissions Special Notice for Seaport This special notice is to inform vendors that after this Rolling Admission period, there are no plans to add new vendors to the current SeaPort-e program. Synopsis – Rolling Admissions Fiscal Year … 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