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  • Original Article: PRNewswire The accomplishments of veteran small business owners around the country will be celebrated during National Veterans Small Business Week (NVSBW), Nov. 2-6.    U.S. Small Business Administration district offices and resource partners nationwide will host more than 100 local events, including Boots to Business: Reboot entrepreneurship training, access to capital workshops, discussions on franchising opportunities for veteran-owned companies, and small business development workshops for women veterans. The U.S. Senate last week passed a resolution, introduced by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), to designate the first week in November as National Veterans Small Business Week. The measure extends the Senate’s […]

    November 2-6 is Recognized as National Veterans Small Business Week

    Original Article: PRNewswire The accomplishments of veteran small business owners around the country will be celebrated during National Veterans Small Business Week (NVSBW), Nov. 2-6.    U.S. Small Business Administration district offices and resource partners nationwide will host more than 100 local events, including Boots to Business: Reboot entrepreneurship training, access to capital workshops, discussions on franchising opportunities for veteran-owned companies, and small business development workshops for women veterans. The U.S. Senate last week passed a resolution, introduced by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), to designate the first week in November as National Veterans Small Business Week. The measure extends the Senate’s […]

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  • Original Article: Independent Herald U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) announced her support for bipartisan legislation today that would offer veterans access to resources provided by the Small Business Administration (SBA) and their G.I. Bill benefit to open a business. The Veterans Entrepreneurial Transition Act of 2015 (VET Act) is authored by U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.). “As our service members in West Virginia and across the country transition from military to civilian life, many are eager to become small business owners and entrepreneurs. With 9 percent of businesses owned by veterans, we need to create […]

    Senator Supports Bill to Help Veterans Start Businesses

    Original Article: Independent Herald U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) announced her support for bipartisan legislation today that would offer veterans access to resources provided by the Small Business Administration (SBA) and their G.I. Bill benefit to open a business. The Veterans Entrepreneurial Transition Act of 2015 (VET Act) is authored by U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.). “As our service members in West Virginia and across the country transition from military to civilian life, many are eager to become small business owners and entrepreneurs. With 9 percent of businesses owned by veterans, we need to create […]

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  • Original Article: PR Newswire The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today the awardees of the $700,000 in grant funding for projects promoting the development, success, and long-term survival of Native American firms eligible for assistance under the SBA’s 7(j) Management and Technical Assistance Program.  Project funding is provided by SBA’s Office of Native American Affairs.<!– Paragraph before: “Entrepreneurship is a powerful tool to change the arc of anyone’s life, particularly those who don’t come from economic advantage,” said SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet.  “I am committed to making SBA resources more accessible to small business owners across all communities, particularly […]

    SBA Provides $700 Thousand in Grant Funding to Support Native American Small Businesses

    Original Article: PR Newswire The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today the awardees of the $700,000 in grant funding for projects promoting the development, success, and long-term survival of Native American firms eligible for assistance under the SBA’s 7(j) Management and Technical Assistance Program.  Project funding is provided by SBA’s Office of Native American Affairs.<!– Paragraph before: “Entrepreneurship is a powerful tool to change the arc of anyone’s life, particularly those who don’t come from economic advantage,” said SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet.  “I am committed to making SBA resources more accessible to small business owners across all communities, particularly […]

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  • Original Article: KPBS A number of defense contractors are in San Diego for the 27th annual Navy Gold Coast conference, which began Tuesday. Organizers said the market for defense contractors is still off the high of 2012. But areas such as cyber defense still provide opportunities for companies, even as the overall defense budget continues to shrink. “I think a lot of companies are staying smaller longer,” said Jim Lasswell who owns INDUS Tech Inc. and chairs the group’s small business committee. “A lot of them are staying smaller longer and a lot of them are, you know, evaporating. The […]

    Defense Contractors Still See A Market In San Diego

    Original Article: KPBS A number of defense contractors are in San Diego for the 27th annual Navy Gold Coast conference, which began Tuesday. Organizers said the market for defense contractors is still off the high of 2012. But areas such as cyber defense still provide opportunities for companies, even as the overall defense budget continues to shrink. “I think a lot of companies are staying smaller longer,” said Jim Lasswell who owns INDUS Tech Inc. and chairs the group’s small business committee. “A lot of them are staying smaller longer and a lot of them are, you know, evaporating. The […]

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  • Original Article: Lexology On February 5, 2015, the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) issued a proposed rule that implements portions of the Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act pertaining to establishment of a mentor-protégé program available to all small businesses, instead of just certain SBA-approved 8(a) contractors as is the case under the current program. The SBA explains in its proposed rule that Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (“SDVOSB”), HUBZone and woman-owned small business (“WOSB”) companies will be included in the proposed “universal” mentor-protégé program and that “having five separate small business mentor-protégé programs could become confusing to the public and procuring agencies […]

    SBA Proposes Broad Expansion of Mentor-Protégé Program

    Original Article: Lexology On February 5, 2015, the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) issued a proposed rule that implements portions of the Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act pertaining to establishment of a mentor-protégé program available to all small businesses, instead of just certain SBA-approved 8(a) contractors as is the case under the current program. The SBA explains in its proposed rule that Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (“SDVOSB”), HUBZone and woman-owned small business (“WOSB”) companies will be included in the proposed “universal” mentor-protégé program and that “having five separate small business mentor-protégé programs could become confusing to the public and procuring agencies […]

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  • Original Article: BangorDailyNews BRUNSWICK, Maine — The House Armed Services Committee on Thursday approved an amendment to the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act that, if approved by the Senate, would allow businesses on and near the former Brunswick Naval Air Station to qualify for a business incentive program offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The HUBZone (Historically Underutilized Business Zone) program provides incentives to businesses affected by recent military base closures and those affiliated with the civilian redevelopment of closed military installations. Brunswick Naval Air Station, now called Brunswick Landing, closed in 2011 under the most recent Department of […]

    Former Brunswick Navy Base Targeted for New Small Business Incentives

    Original Article: BangorDailyNews BRUNSWICK, Maine — The House Armed Services Committee on Thursday approved an amendment to the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act that, if approved by the Senate, would allow businesses on and near the former Brunswick Naval Air Station to qualify for a business incentive program offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The HUBZone (Historically Underutilized Business Zone) program provides incentives to businesses affected by recent military base closures and those affiliated with the civilian redevelopment of closed military installations. Brunswick Naval Air Station, now called Brunswick Landing, closed in 2011 under the most recent Department of […]

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  • Original Article: FederalNewsRadio Circling back to an earlier item in this week’s notebook: The military services, like Congress, are concerned about losing their small suppliers, particularly when they provide critical parts that are must-have components of modern weapons systems. In the Navy’s case, the service has decided to tackle the problem by trying to make sure that it’s focused on small business not just as a headquarters policy matter, but by assigning the number two official within each of its program offices to be the small business advocate for whatever system they’re buying or building. “Small businesses aren’t on the […]

    Navy assigning more high-level attention to small business in all of its programs

    Original Article: FederalNewsRadio Circling back to an earlier item in this week’s notebook: The military services, like Congress, are concerned about losing their small suppliers, particularly when they provide critical parts that are must-have components of modern weapons systems. In the Navy’s case, the service has decided to tackle the problem by trying to make sure that it’s focused on small business not just as a headquarters policy matter, but by assigning the number two official within each of its program offices to be the small business advocate for whatever system they’re buying or building. “Small businesses aren’t on the […]

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  • Original Article: Washington Business Journal The good news is the Navy’s acquisition chief doesn’t really blame the actual companies. The bad news is that his depiction of the state of the defense industrial base is pretty gloomy. HON Sean Stackley, the Navy’s assistant secretary of research, development and acquisition, was one of three defense acquisition chiefs who testified Wednesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee’s readiness and management support panel about acquisition reform. He pointed to four factors in preventing program failures: more care taken to define requirements up front, a stable plan throughout the duration of the program, an […]

    Navy: ‘Defense industrial base is fragile, less competitive, has limited growth opportunities’

    Original Article: Washington Business Journal The good news is the Navy’s acquisition chief doesn’t really blame the actual companies. The bad news is that his depiction of the state of the defense industrial base is pretty gloomy. HON Sean Stackley, the Navy’s assistant secretary of research, development and acquisition, was one of three defense acquisition chiefs who testified Wednesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee’s readiness and management support panel about acquisition reform. He pointed to four factors in preventing program failures: more care taken to define requirements up front, a stable plan throughout the duration of the program, an […]

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  • Original Article: Washington Business Journal Small business owners often increase their chances of federal contract success through teaming. But they’ve also got to steer clear of otherwise strategic partnerships with each other that can disqualify them from key opportunities. It’s high time that changed. Federal contracting rules define two companies to be “affiliated” if one partner has (or even appears to have) undue control or reliance on another, or if both are similarly controlled by a third party. Affiliation is a major concern for teaming partners pursuing federal contracts set aside under the programs for small business. A partnership between […]

    New Policy Could Clear the Way for More Small Business Teaming

    Original Article: Washington Business Journal Small business owners often increase their chances of federal contract success through teaming. But they’ve also got to steer clear of otherwise strategic partnerships with each other that can disqualify them from key opportunities. It’s high time that changed. Federal contracting rules define two companies to be “affiliated” if one partner has (or even appears to have) undue control or reliance on another, or if both are similarly controlled by a third party. Affiliation is a major concern for teaming partners pursuing federal contracts set aside under the programs for small business. A partnership between […]

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  • Original Article: ExecutiveGov The Defense Department is seeking a 10-year extension of its small business mentoring program in an effort to help small enterprises compete for defense contracts, DoD News reported Thursday. Claudette Roulo writes the Small Business Mentor-Protege Program, initiated in 1991, remains in the pilot program category. Robert Stewart, the program manager, told DoD News the program requires reauthorization through a National Defense Authorization Act every few years. “Whenever we’re about a year, year and a half out from an authorization — since it’s a pilot program and it’s still crafted in language as a pilot program — […]

    Defense Department Wants 10 Year Extension of Small Business Mentor-Protege Program

    Original Article: ExecutiveGov The Defense Department is seeking a 10-year extension of its small business mentoring program in an effort to help small enterprises compete for defense contracts, DoD News reported Thursday. Claudette Roulo writes the Small Business Mentor-Protege Program, initiated in 1991, remains in the pilot program category. Robert Stewart, the program manager, told DoD News the program requires reauthorization through a National Defense Authorization Act every few years. “Whenever we’re about a year, year and a half out from an authorization — since it’s a pilot program and it’s still crafted in language as a pilot program — […]

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