There is no cost to register in SAM or other government contracting databases–but that hasn’t stopped some companies from charging would-be contractors hefty fees for assistance in the registration process. Some of these companies are out-and-out frauds, like the Tampa firm whose owner recently pleaded guilty to wire fraud in a FEMA registration scheme. And others, while not fraudulent, still often neglect to mention an important (but for them, inconvenient) fact: government contracts registration assistance is available for free through Procurement Technical Assistance Centers and other reputable sources.
Now, a bipartisan new Senate bill aims to get the word out about the free registration assistance available to prospective contractors.
I recently had the pleasure to discuss important government contracting legal updates and their effects on small businesses, at the 11th Annual Veterans Business Conference at Fort Bliss (in El Paso). The Contract Opportunities Center did a fantastic job organizing the conference, which brought together small businesses and government agencies for a wide-ranging discussion on government contracting. My presentation discussed many of the topics we’ve been following at SmallGovCon, including the SBA’s new small business mentor-protégé program, changes to the limitation on subcontracting, and, of course, the Supreme Court’s Kingdomware decision.
I also enjoyed meeting many of the small business owners and government representatives who attended the event. If you attended the conference, it would be great to hear from you.
Thanks to the COC for a great event—I hope to see you again next year!
I am about to leave St. Louis, where I have been since Sunday for the APTAC Spring Conference. My presentation yesterday focused on common misunderstandings about the SBA’s size and socioeconomic rules (for example, a state WBE certification doesn’t mean that a contractor is a federally-certified WOSB). Thank you to all of the “PTACers” who attended my presentation and asked such great questions.
But for me, the highlight of the trip was yesterday’s luncheon, where the APTAC membership surprised me with a special “Friend of APTAC” award. I am incredibly grateful and humbled to be honored by APTAC in this way. Thank you very much to Terri Bennett, Jason Porch, Becky Peterson, and all of APTAC for this great honor.
I’ve said it once (actually, I’ve said it many times), but if you are a small business in government contracting, you owe it to yourself to see what your local PTAC can do for you. Visit the ATPAC website to get started.
We’re back! 2016 has finally arrived and we here at Koprince Law couldn’t be more excited to dive into the new year with our first SmallGovCon Week In Review post. The first week of January brings some new policies and processes for contracting, a look back at the top procurement stories of 2015, and much more.
While Steve was in Salt Lake City, I had the pleasure of participating in the 2015 Veteran Business Training and Outreach Conference in the Philadelphia area. I enjoyed presenting the latest on the Kingdomware case.
Many thanks to the attendees—your questions and perspectives about Kingdomware were very insightful. If you attended the Conference, I’d enjoy hearing from you.
Thanks also to Clyde Stoltzfus for his work organizing the Conference, and to the Pennsylvania SBDC and the Southeast and Delaware PTACs for hosting. It was a wonderful event!
The Iowa State University Procurement Technical Assistance Program provides its clients a wide range of resources thanks to its existence as a part of ISU’s Center for Industrial Research and Service. “We engage with our clients at multiple levels to help them develop successful businesses,” says Pam Russenberger, the statewide PTAP director.
The Iowa PTAP works extensively with small businesses new to the government market, assisting contractors in developing marketing initiatives and preparing their first successful proposals. “Helping a new government contractor receive its first contract, even if it is for only $5,000, is an incredibly rewarding experience,” Russenberger says.
Small businesses in Washington State are in luck: a highly experienced PTAC team is available to assist contractors with the ins and outs of federal contracting.
The Washington PTAC currently consists of 14 team members, several of whom were government contracting officers before joining PTAC. This depth and breadth of knowledge allows the Washington PTAC to provide small businesses with practical advice stemming from real-world experience.