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“Save Small Business” Initiative and Grant Fund from U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, a private sector 501(c)(3) organization and an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, has launched the “Save Small Business Initiative.” This initiative is a nationwide program focusing on small businesses’ immediate needs, efforts to mitigate closures and job losses, and mobilizing support […]

SBA Proposes Consolidation of Federal Contracting Assistance Mentor-Protégé Programs

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has proposed a rule of merging two of its current federal contracting assistance programs, the 8(a) Business Development Mentor-Protégé Program and the All Small Mentor-Protégé Program, in order to eliminate confusion and remove unnecessary duplication of functions within the SBA. The 8(a) Program is for small businesses owned by […]

FedBizOpps is Undergoing a Transition

The Federal Business Opportunities website (FBO.gov), along with all the other government wide acquisition systems managed by the Integrated Award Environment, is being modernized and consolidated under the “beta.SAM.gov” system. This consolidation will provide not only better security, data quality and convenience for users, but will also reduce barriers for doing business with the government, […]

Companies Must be Cybersecurity Compliant – Department of Defense (DoD) Proposes New Certification Process

At the recent National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Procurement Division Meeting, Ms. Katie Arrington, the Special Assistant for Cybersecurity to the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition & Sustainment, updated attendees on DoD’s new approach to addressing cybersecurity vulnerabilities.  She stated the DoD will no longer compromise cybersecurity over performance, cost or scheduling in government contracts.  […]

SBA Proposes New Certification Procedure for Women-Owned Small Businesses and Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Businesses

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has proposed an amendment to its regulations on how Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSBs) and Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Businesses (EDWOSBs) are certified.  The WOSB and EDWOSB certification is required in order for these businesses to participate in the WOSB Federal Contract Program which restricts competition for these federal contracts to […]

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