11th Annual Volk Field Small Business Conference, June 27th and 28th

This has been a year of many changes   - change creates opportunity. Every day we hear in the news about the threats, obstacles and challenges facing small businesses. As you plan the future of your business or organization, your strategic plan cannot just be based on what has happened in the past, but must include planning in a world of rapid change.
Day ONE will focus on INDUSTRY and the ECONOMY.  Topics will include the future of Infrastructure, Manufacturing, Cyber Security, Impact of Changing Demographics, Small Business, our State's Military Bases and more.  The day will end with an on-base reception for all attendees
DAY TWO of this conference will focus on Government and Prime contractor market opportunities.  Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from successful contractors and have the opportunity to meet with Government and Prime representatives.
 Register today at   Registration closes on June 19th.  
Government Contracting Opportunities for Small Business


Acquisition Hour: 4 Issues Affecting Federal Construction Projects
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How to do Business with the U.S. Forest Service
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Government Contracting 101
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VA Forecast of Contracting Opportunities

Every federal agency is required to provide information on their upcoming contracting opportunities.  The Department of Veterans Affairs calls theirs Forecast of Contracting Opportunities.  I would recommend using the State FCO Query (Text Version) as the map feature on the website was not working at the time this article was written.  Please contact Carol Murphy at  or 414-270-3600 if you have any questions.
Treasury upgrades USASPENDING as agencies submit data

In an effort to increase government transparency, the Department of the Treasury has made the expanded USASpending.Gov database available to the public.  The project marks the culmination of a three-year initiative to increase government transparency mandated under the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014.
The Data Act mandates that agency CFOs submit federal spending information in a standardized, machine-readable format to by May 9.  The delivery of the agency spending data is only to be a starting point for increasing financial transparency.

Navigating Defense Department Cyber Rules

Defense contractors by Dec. 31 are expected to provide "adequate security" to protect "covered defense information" using cyber safeguards.

This obligation arises from a Defense Acquisition Regulation System Supplement clause, "Network Penetration Reporting and Contracting For Cloud Services," that was finalized last October and described in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication 800-171. Thousands of companies who sell directly to the Defense Department, and thousands more who sell to its suppliers, are or will be, subject to the rule.

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