SmallGovCon Week In Review: May 23-27, 2016

I have just returned from the Midwest Small Business Government Contracting Symposium in Moline, Illinois where I presented on the topic of “Big Changes for Small Business: New Federal Contracting Rules and Regulations.” There was a great turnout and I enjoyed getting to connect with many of the attendees and presenters. But now that I’m back in the office, it’s time for the SmallGovCon Week In Review.

In this week’s edition, with about six months left in the Obama administration’s term, we take a look at which initiatives will survive and what could potentially go away forever, changes that would required contractors to be registered in SAM prior to submitting an offer loom in the near future, Congress looks to reduce vendor anxiety and more.

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Thank You, Quad Cities!

I am back from a trip to the Quad Cities of Illinois and Iowa, where I gave two presentations at the Midwest Small Business Government Contracting Symposium. My first presentation focused on upcoming legal developments (including the big Kingdomware Supreme Court decision, which is due any day now); my second talk centered on the SBA’s pending universal mentor-protege program.

It was great to spend two days meeting with small government contractors, large mentors and small business liaison officers, government officials and others in the industry.  A big “thank you” to the Iowa/Illinois Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association for organizing an outstanding event.  Thanks also to the Illinois PTAC, the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, and all of the other event sponsors for their contributions, and to the Midwest SBLO Group for inviting me to address its quarterly meeting.  And of course, thanks to all of those who attended the conference (and my presentations!)

If you weren’t able to make it the Quad Cities for this year’s event, please feel free to contact me for copies of my PowerPoint slides. As for me, I’ll be sticking closer to home for a little while, before kicking off a busy August with a trip to Texas for the 20th Annual Government Procurement Conference.  Hope to see you there!