I am back in Lawrence after two fantastic trips to the West Coast, in very rapid succession.
I am back in Kansas, where it is a balmy 39 degrees, after a great trip to Orlando for the National 8(a) Association Small Business Conference.
The weather in Florida was “for real” balmy, as my kids might say–but as tempting as the sunny outdoors was, the convention hall was packed with representatives from 8(a) companies, large primes, government agencies, and others. You know a conference has great content–and great networking–when attendees voluntarily choose the lecture hall over a nearby sun-drenched pool.
I am at the tail end of a great visit to the Pacific Northwest, where I spoke yesterday at the Alliance Northwest procurement conference. My presentation focused on the many recent legal changes (and proposed changes) affecting small contractors, including SBA proposals on the limitations on subcontracting and a new “universal” SBA mentor-protege program.
Many thanks to the organizers of this wonderful event, which gets bigger and better every year. Special thanks to Tiffany Scroggs, Stephanie Scott, Traci Hansen and their colleagues at the Washington PTAC for all of their hard work on the conference, and a big thank you to Ashley Coronado of the Washington PTAC for facilitating my session (including flawless pronunciation of “Petefish, Immel, Heeb & Hird.”) And of course, a big “thank you” to everyone who attended my presentation and stopped by to visit on the trade show floor.
It’s a year away, but I certainly plan to be back in Washington next year for the 2016 Alliance Northwest event. In the meantime, if you weren’t able to attend this year, I would be happy to send you my slides–please just contact me.
On Thursday, I had the pleasure of attending the Alliance Northwest Conference in Washington State, where I gave a breakfast keynote, as well as a breakout session. My breakout presentation, “Government Contracts Legal Update 2014,” focused on legal developments of interest to small government contractors over the past several months.
A big “thank you” to the organizers and sponsors for putting together an outstanding event. And of course, extra thanks to all the government employees, large businesses, and small business owners who attended.
If you were not able to make it to Alliance Northwest, you don’t have to be left out. Just contact me and I would be happy to provide you with a copy of my breakout session presentation.
Are you interested in recent legal developments in government contracting? Are you located in the Pacific Northwest? If you answered “yes,” then I have good news. I am pleased to announce that I will be presenting a workshop entitled “Government Contracts Legal Update 2014” at the Alliance Northwest Conference on March 13, 2014.
My workshop will cover recent developments and trends in government contracts law, with a special emphasis on legal developments affecting small businesses. I will also be on hand throughout the day at the Petefish, Immel, Heeb & Hird booth to answer questions about the presentation, discuss other areas of government contracts law, or chat about the dominating Super Bowl victory by the hometown Seahawks.
If you haven’t attended Alliance Northwest before, don’t miss out this year. As the largest business-to-government conference in the Pacific Northwest, Alliance Northwest features hundreds of government buyers, large prime contractors, and small government contractors. The event includes networking, educational workshops, and matchmaking sessions. Visit the Alliance Northwest website to learn more.
See you in March!