Thank You, Wyoming!

I’ve just returned from Casper, Wyoming, where I had the pleasure of presenting at the annual GRO-Biz Conference & Idea Expo. It was a great opportunity to meet new folks and learn about issues facing the government contracting community.

Special thanks to the Wyoming Procurement Technical Assistance Center for organizing the event along with the Wyoming Small Business Development Center, the Small Business Administration, the Wyoming Business Council and the University of Wyoming. Oh, and U.S. Senator Mike Enzi.

While getting there was a bit of an adventure (thanks United Airlines!) it truly was a great time and great event. Hope to see you again soon.

Introducing SmallGovCon Guest Perspectives

As we begin a new year with important legal ramifications for small businesses, I am pleased to introduce a new SmallGovCon series offering viewpoints on those legal issues from thought leaders throughout the government contracting community.

The new feature, Guest Perspectives, kicks off today with a guest post by Kevin J. Allis, the director of the Native American Contractors Association.  The post, titled “Section 811 Stifles Native American Growth,” is well worth a read.

If you are interested in the possibility of contributing to Guest Perspectives, please contact me.

New SmallGovCon Features: Upcoming Events and Past Presentations

Despite what you might think if you read SmallGovCon regularly, blogging is not my favorite way of communicating information about legal developments in the world of government contracting (although I do love blogging!)

Hands-down, I prefer getting out and meeting contractors and others in the industry, face-to-face.  That is why I travel around the country, speaking at industry days, conferences, and conventions.  In the past year alone, I have spoken at events from Annapolis to Seattle (and many places in between) and I have several more events on tap in the months to come.

To help readers keep up with my speaking schedule, I am pleased to announce that SmallGovCon now features an Upcoming Events page.  On this page, you can see where, when, and on what topic I will be speaking.  If I will be in your area, please do not hesitate to contact me in advance and we can arrange to get a cup of coffee, or sit down for a more formal meeting.

Now, I understand that unlike the Grateful Dead, I do not have legions of fans following me around the country.  So if you will not be able to attend one of my events, you can now view slides from the event after it occurs on the SmallGovCon Past Presentations page (assuming permission is granted by the event sponsor).

Please enjoy the new SmallGovCon features, and I hope to see you at an industry event soon.

A Note About Links to SBA OHA Decisions

Have you clicked on a link in one of my recent posts about a SBA Office of Hearings and Appeals case, only to be taken to the SBA OHA decision search page, rather than the decision itself?  No, it’s not because I am too lazy to find a direct link for you, but because the way in which SBA OHA publishes its decisions no longer allows for direct links.

I am not a fan of SBA OHA’s new publishing policy, but it obviously was not developed with bloggers in mind.  Oftentimes, the search page is as close as I can get you to a particular SBA OHA decision.  To find the decision, just enter the case name in the search box, or, if the decision was issued in the last few months, click on the “Most Recent Decisions” link on the right side of your screen.

Sometimes, I link to a full-text version of the SBA OHA decision published by Stan Hinton on his excellent website, stanhinton.com.  However, you should be aware–as Mr. Hinton mentions–that these versions of the SBA OHA decisions are unofficial, and may have been edited (usually to correct typos or other problems) before they were posted.  For the official version of any SBA OHA decision,  you should use the SBA OHA decision page.