6th Annual U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Business Conference
The 6th Annual U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Conference will take place on May 16th in Milwaukee. This event will focus on procurement procedures and business opportunities for veteran owned businesses with the Department of Veterans Affairs, VISN 12 area consisting of Milwaukee, WI; Madison, WI; Tomah, WI; Chicago, IL; Danville, IL; and Iron Mountain, MI with eight medical centers, 38 outpatient clinics, eight nursing homes, and six domiciliaries, providing health care services to the 700,000 Veterans who reside within its four state (Illinois, Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Wisconsin, and Northwest Indiana) area. Overall, the Department of Veterans Affairs spends over $23 billion annually.

The VA, like all federal agencies, has small business goals set by the Small Business Administration (SBA). However, unlike all the other federal agencies (where all the SBA goals are prioritized equally to meet the individual category goal standards) the VA has a congressional mandate (Public Law 109-461 section 502 and 38 USC 8127) to purchase from small businesses owned and controlled by Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB) first, and then those owned and controlled by Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB) before considering the other classes of small business. As a stipulation of the Public Law, SDVOSBs and VOSBs must be certified with the VA and be listed in a public database (at to be eligible to receive the "VETS FIRST" priority. SDVOSBs and VOSBs ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND.
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5th Annual Department of Defense Contract Management Update
Oshkosh, WI

Acquisition Hour: Cyber Security for Current and Prospective DOD Contractors and Subcontractors
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Acquisition Hour: Export Compliance and Small Business - rescheduled
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Acquisition Hour: Invoicing the Department of Defense Using WAWF/IRAPT
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NASA Vendor Database 
Welcome to the NASA Vendor Database (NVDB). This database is open to all vendors, both large and small, who wish to do business with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. As company representatives, vendors can post capability briefs in any format and sign up for e-mail messages on Source Sought Notices, the NASA Office of Small Business Programs Newsletter, Requests for Information (RFIs), or Requests for Proposals (RFPs).

Conforming Statutory Amendments and Technical Corrections to Small Business Government Contracting Regulations

U.S. Small Business Administration.

Direct final rule; request for comments.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA or Agency) is amending its regulations to incorporate a provision of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2018 (NDAA 2018) and to update and provide several technical corrections to SBA's regulations. Specifically, the NDAA 2018 amended the Small Business Act by replacing fixed dollar amount thresholds with references to the micro-purchase and simplified acquisition thresholds. SBA is updating its regulations to conform to this new statutory language. SBA is also updating the sole source dollar amounts for the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned (SDVO) small business and the Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) small business regulations. The thresholds for sole source contracting are contained in the Small Business Act, SBA's regulations, and the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR). These thresholds are updated in the FAR for inflation periodically, and therefore, over time, SBA's regulations and the FAR's numbers diverge. SBA is making this change to conform the thresholds contained in SBA's regulations to those in the FAR. This rule also allows indirect ownership by United States citizens in the HUBZone program to more accurately align with the underlying statutory authority. Finally, SBA is making several technical changes to address mistakes and typos made in previous rulemakings. For example, this final rule will update some cross-references that were not updated when a previous rulemaking changed numbering. Other changes made are for errors, grammar, syntax, and clarity.

This rule is effective on May 25, 2018 without further action, unless significant adverse comment is received by April 25, 2018. If significant adverse comment is received, SBA will publish a timely withdrawal of the rule in the Federal Register. Moves to a New Hosting Environment

Federal Business Opportunities ( recently moved to a new hosting site.  This may impact users with strict IT security requirements.
Visitors to the website rely on the single location for information pertaining to governmentwide contract actions expected to exceed $25,000. The contractor who manages for the General Services Administration recently changed the web site hosting environment and the IP addresses associated with the site. 

Most users won't notice any change.  However, if your company has an interface with FBO, such as using the File Transfer Protocol (FTP) or receiving email confirmations, you'll want to check on local IT security requirements to see if these transactions are affected.  For instance, if your company pulls from the FTP on an automatic or regular basis, you may not receive a confirmation notice because the IP address must be whitelisted. Whitelisting identifies entities that are provided a particular privilege, service, or access in order to be recognized by the program.  As you may know, FBO supports the public FTP site to anonymously share notice information with users.

If your company experiences any of these issues due to the new IP Address, please contact the FBO Program Manager, John Corro ( ).
Wisconsin Minority, Woman and Service-Disabled Veteran 
Business Excellence Awards Competition
The Marketplace awards are open to Wisconsin-based companies that have been certified by the State of Wisconsin as being: 
  • MBE - Minority-owned Business Enterprise
  • WBE - Woman-owned Business Enterprise
  • DVB  - Disabled Veteran-owned Business
Why nominate a business?
  • Nominate a client to recognize their accomplishments
  • Nominate a supplier to recognize your top MBE, WBE and DVB vendors
  • MBEs, WBEs and DVBs - nominate your company to promote your capabilities and growth
The top three finalists in each category receive:
  • Four free passes to the MARKETPLACE conference Dec. 12 - 13, 2018
  • Optional discounts on trade show exhibit booths worth hundreds of dollars more
  • Increased visibility with profiles in press releases, on the website and in the program booklet
  • Recognition at the award luncheon Dec. 13    
Award categories:

Outstanding Large Business Awards (25 employees or more)

Recognize Wisconsin-based and State-Certified Business Enterprises with 25 or more employees that have demonstrated the capacity to grow over the past five years, with plans to continue expansion in the future


Outstanding Small Business Awards (fewer than 25 employees)

Recognize Wisconsin-based and State-Certified Business Enterprises with fewer than 25 employees that have demonstrated the capacity to grow, with plans to continue expanding in the future  



Rising Star Awards 

Recognize Wisconsin-based emerging State-Certified Business Enterprises established on or after Jan. 1, 2014, that have strong growth potential by virtue of their past performance, innovative products or services, business team or other distinct competitive advantage

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Your Path to Surety Bonds: What Small Businesses Need to Know!

Join the U.S. Small Business Administration and the National Association of Surety Bond Producers for a half day seminar on securing contract surety bonds on June 20th in Milwaukee.
  • Contract Bonding & Insurance...discussing the various types of surety bonds and the process of obtaining contract surety bonds
  • Banking & to obtain bank lines of credit and establish a working relationship with a banker to support your contract bonding program
  • Risk Management & Legal Concerns...handling performance risk and contracting issues, plus available remedies for legal disputes
  • Construction accounting principles and financial systems for your firm's success in securing and maintaining contract bonding
  • Federal Assistance Programs...SBA's Surety Bond Guarantee Program and loan programs for small, emerging, and underserved businesses
  • Local Procurement Opportunities...navigating the federal procurement process and accessing federal, state, local, and private contracting opportunities
  • Networking with Surety Professionals...speak with presenters and other attendees, including agents available on site to assist you with applying for contract bonding

12th Annual Volk Field - Fort McCoy Small Business Conference

Previously known as the Annual Volk Field Small Business Conference - this year, the conference will be held at Ft. McCoy, WI on June 19 - 20, 2018.

The Volk Field Small Business Conference has drawn over 2,150 attendees across the region in the past 11 years. Businesses interested in contracting with federal, state, tribal and local governments should attend. There will be a range of presentations, panels and meetings with agency and prime contractor representatives for small and large businesses who would like to start or increase their government & commercial sales!

This conference will focus on ISSUES that will IMPACT your business direction, operations, strategy, markets, and SUCCESS.  You will have the opportunity to hear from and meet with regional experts, leaders of the community, potential customers, and potential partners.  And keeping with tradition, attendees will have the opportunity to meet with State and Federal agency as well as Corporate representatives. This is a MUST ATTEND.

Due to base security registration for this event will close June 5th.

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