REGULATORY or LEGAL CHANGES

  1. Legal/regulatory updates from Dentons: https://www.dentons.com/en/insights/alerts/2019/january/9/january-government-contracts-legislative-and-regulatory-update
  2. House Passes Bill to Increase Potential Size of Sole Source Awards (http://smallgovcon.com/service-disabled-veteran-owned-small-businesses/house-passes-bill-to-increase-potential-size-of-sole-source-awards/): If the bill becomes law, we will see a dramatic expansion in the size of sole source contracts for SDVOSBs, WOSBs, and HUBZones.
  3. “Eliminate Most DoD Small Business Set-Asides,” Says Section 809 Panel (http://smallgovcon.com/statutes-and-regulations/eliminate-most-dod-small-business-set-asides-says-section-809-panel/)

Comments – Contact Jon Heroux ( jonheroux@heroux-associates.com ) if you or your company is interested in submitting comments on any of the above. If there is sufficient interest, we can assess submitting comments as a chapter.

EVENTS

NDIA EVENTS:
  1. NDIA RMC Events - an up-to-date listing is provided on our website. It is updated regularly.

OTHER EVENTS
Co Events Central Site - a fairly comprehensive list of various CO events is now posted. It is updated regularly so I invite you to bookmark it and visit regularly.

Webinar: Important DFARS Cybersecurity Changes that are Impacting DoD Procurements - February 6, 2019 - This FREE webinar will focus on the Government’s tightening and increasing cybersecurity requirements for defense contractors that can greatly impact future business.

NCMA E-Learning Webinars - February 14, 2019 - Troubleshooting the Biggest Service Contract Pitfalls. The Service Contract Labor Standards statute often surprises contractors with its complexities. This interactive webinar uses practical examples of the most common service contract pitfalls to help you troubleshoot and find solutions that will work for your organization.

• National Small Business Development Center Day - March 22, 2019 - The Colorado Small Business Development Center will be celebrating their client successes at Denver's Capitol Building with client exhibitor tables from around the state showcasing their small business and products. This FREE event is a wonderful opportunity to meet and network with legislators, community leaders and fellow entrepreneurs . Register here .

2019 Advance Colorado Procurement Expo - May 16, 2019 - The Advance Colorado Procurement Expo, now in its 10th year, is Colorado's premier buyers and sellers marketplace! Every year, businesses are invited to participate in this day-long event, which focuses on state and local government procurement. This year, the event will be held at the McNichols Civic Center Building in Denver. Register here.

NEWS ARTICLES

  1. Chamber of Commerce Says Shutdown has Cost Small Businesses $2.3 Billion - New data from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce suggests the extended government shutdown is having a significant adverse effect on 41,000 small businesses across all 50 states.
  2. HEARING ON “PRESERVING AN OPEN INTERNET FOR CONSUMERS, SMALL BUSINESSES, AND FREE SPEECH”. The Subcommittee on Communications and Technology of the Committee on Energy and Commerce will hold a hearing on Thursday, February 7, 2019, at 11 a.m. EST. A livestream of the hearing can be viewed here.
  3. OEDIT LAUNCHES CO-INVEST.CO TO HELP INVESTORS AND PROJECTS FIND ONE ANOTHER. The Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade (OEDIT), in conjunction with Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network (BEN) and Startup Colorado, recently launched Co-invest.co. The website connects investors and projects to increase the funding opportunities for Colorado projects, serves as a clearinghouse for national investors who may be interested in Colorado, and helps organize local area projects and investors. 
  4. Predictions for small business technology in 2019 from Xero app partners. As apps get smarter, so too do their users. Technology doesn’t just revolutionize small business – it guides the way we interact with customers, their data, and influences their decision making.
  5. The Procurement Technical Assistance Program is powerful because it connects small business with federal government.The Defense Logistics Agency, part of the Department of Defense, funds the Procurement Technical Assistance Program to increase the number of vendors capable of performing on government contracts.
  6. COLORADO'S $15B AEROSPACE INDUSTRY IS SET TO HIT NEW HEIGHTS IN 2019. Colorado’s “vast small-business supply network” helps support big contractors adding up to the country’s highest percentage of private aerospace employment per capita.
  7. From our San Diego brethren – Recommended Reading: Guidance for the Contractor Performance Reporting System which incorporates key changes made in 2018.
  8. Government Contracts training:
  • Colorado PTAC is providing training to Colorado companies. To make use of the classes, go to www.govology.com and use code “CO8102”. Please provide feedback (positive and negative) to Dennis Casey, PTAC’s Executive Director – d.casey@coloradoptac.org.
  • List of other Training Resources (free and not) available here.

As always, feel free to send any updates that may be of interest to the membership to Eddie Ortiz ( ortiz.edward.a@gmail.com ) or Karri L. Palmetier ( Karri@palmetierlaw.com ).
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