Why Do People Keep Stealing My Books at GovCon Conferences?

It happened again this morning.  I was at a government contracts conference (which was great, by the way), and stepped away from my trade show booth for a few minutes.

While I was gone, someone stole one of my display copies of Government Contracts Joint Ventures, our new GovCon Handbook.  It’s not the first time a display copy of one of my books has been pilfered at an industry event.  Why do people keep stealing my books at government contracts conferences?

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Free GovCon Books And Webinars: Celebrating One Year Of SmallGovCon

If it’s fall, it must be birthday season: my daughter recently turned two, my son is approaching one year old, and Father Time will come for me again on November 21.  SmallGovCon has passed its one-year mark, too, and we are celebrating with a free book and webinar giveaway (I figured my readers would prefer that to the pink bubble wands that were such a hit at my daughter’s party).

Here’s how it works: just click this link and tell us a little bit about yourself (after all, we can’t give you free stuff if we don’t know who you are).

In mid-October, we will randomly select six readers to receive free copies of The Small Business Guide to Government Contracts.  Two other readers will receive free one-hour webinars on government contracts legal topics near and dear to their hearts.

You don’t have to be a client of my law firm to enter–just a SmallGovCon reader.  So click the link and enter, and thank you for reading SmallGovCon!

GovCon Compliance And More: Catch Me Monday On “Amtower Off Center”

If you are interested in hot-button compliance issues facing small government contractors, tune in to Federal News Radio Monday, July 9 at noon Eastern when I join government contracts guru Mark Amtower on his popular radio show, “Amtower Off Center.”   We will talk about affiliation, ethics plans, employment issues, and other compliance matters from my book, The Small-Business Guide to Government Contracts, as well as the SBA’s 2011 Small Business Procurement Scorecard.

Not in the DC area?  Not to worry.  You can catch my appearance–and all of Mark’s recent shows–on the Federal News Radio website.

Thank You to The ASBC!

I would like to give a big “thank you” to Guy Timberlake and The American Small Business Coalition for sponsoring an excellent networking and book signing event for The Small-Business Guide to Government Contracts, last night in Tysons Corner, Virginia.  Thanks also to Courtney Fairchild and the team at Global Services, Inc. for co-sponsoring the event and Grace Maupin, Morgan Waston, and the wonderful folks at Carr Workplaces for hosting the event in one of their beautiful spaces.  And of course, thank you to all who attended and bought the book!

Last night’s event was part of The ASBC’s monthly GovConnections networking series.  If you are a small business contractor in the DC metro area, you owe it to yourself to attend one in the near future.  For information on GovConnections and other events sponsored by the ASBC, visit the ASBC’s events calendar.

Book Signing and Networking Sponsored by The American Small Business Coalition

If you will be in the DC metro area next Wednesday afternoon, you are invited to a networking and book signing event sponsored by The American Small Business Coalition.

I will be on hand to answer your questions about government contracting rules and regulations, and sign copies of my book, The Small-Business Guide to Government Contracts.  If you already have a copy, please bring it and I will apply my John Hancock; if not, you can purchase a copy when you register for the event.

A big thank you to Guy Timberlake and the ASBC for sponsoring what should be a wonderful event.  See you there!

The Small Business Guide to Government Contracts is Here

As a born-and-raised Midwesterner, I freely admit it: I’m a sucker for some good country music.  So when the Garth Brooks classic, “Shameless,” popped up on the radio the other day, I did what any self-respecting North Dakotan would do and turned up the volume.  (Random music trivia: “Shameless” was written and originally performed by Billy Joel, and appeared on Joel’s Storm Front album).

Which brings me to the topic of this post: a “shameless” plug for my book, The Small-Business Guide to Government Contracts, which is now available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other booksellers.  The Small-Business Guide to Government Contracts covers many of the key rules and regulations small government contractors should know, including the SBA size and affiliation rules, subcontracting rules, ethics requirements, wage and hour regulations, and the rules applicable to the 8(a), SDVOSB, HUBZone, and WOSB programs.  You can find out more about the book at the Small-Business Guide to Government Contracts website.

So what are you waiting for?  Head on over to your favorite bookseller and pick up a copy for yourself and an extra for that special small government contractor in your life.  And, if you feel like going country, don’t hesitate to pick up Garth Brooks’ Greatest Hits while you’re at it.

The Small-Business Guide to Government Contracts: Two Weeks to Go

What are your plans after work on Wednesday, June 6?  Dinner out?  Happy hour?  Collapsing on the couch in front of a Law & Order: SVU marathon with a giant bag of Skittles?  How about ordering a book about legal compliance for small government contractors?  Yes, it’s shameless plug time: two weeks to go until the publication of my book, The Small-Business Guide to Government Contracts.

I wrote the Small-Business Guide to Government Contracts to help small contractors understand their compliance obligations in the federal marketplace.  The book covers rules and regulations from size and affiliation to ethics, wage and hour requirements, and the special compliance requirements of the four major socioeconomic set-aside programs (8(a), SDVOSB, HUBZone, and WOSB).  It even includes some handy-dandy checklists to help contractors track compliance.

Yes, I know you’ve got big plans on June 6.  I’m not going to get between you and your Skittles.  But don’t worry–you can pre-order The Small-Business Guide to Government Contracts today at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.