25 businesses named finalists for 2019 MARKETPLACE Governor's Awards
Twenty-five Wisconsin companies from 12 cities have been named finalists for the 2019 MARKETPLACE Governor's Awards, which honor outstanding Wisconsin businesses owned by minorities, women and service-disabled veterans.  
The finalists with more than 25 employees in the Outstanding Large Business Award category for MBE, WBE or SDVB businesses are:
  • Amigo Construction LLC - Cambridge
  • Coakley Brothers and Brothers Interiors - Milwaukee
  • Greenfire Management - Milwaukee
  • JCP Construction LLC - Milwaukee
  • JT Engineering Inc. - Hobar
  • RINKA Inc. - Milwaukee
  • Security Officer Services Inc. - Milwaukee
The finalists with 25 or fewer employees in the Outstanding Small Business Award category for MBE, WBE or SDVB businesses are:
  • AdBidtise LLC - Milwaukee
  • DI and Associates Inc. - Madison
  • Nagel Architects LLC - Elm Grove
  • PeroDigm Design Studio LLC - Cambridge
  • Prism Technical Management & Marketing Services LLC - Milwaukee
  • Red Shoes Inc. - Appleton
  • Terra Venture Advisors LLC - Elm Grove
  • Thompson & Associates Wetland Services LLC - South Milwaukee
  • Your Personal Gardener LLC - Mukwonago
The finalists for the Rising Star Award category for MBE WBE, or SDVB businesses (established since 2015) are:
  • Dear Management - Pleasant Prairie
  • DK-39 Management and Consulting LLC - Middleton
  • Genesis Health Consulting LLC - Milwaukee
  • Helianthus LLC - Milwaukee
  • Forte Investigations LLC dba Justice Support - Fond du Lac
  • LEDSENS LLC dba Safelumin - Oconomowoc
  • MAID in Lake Geneva Inc. - Lake Geneva
  • Reach Out Agency LLC - Milwaukee
  • Saving Ourselves LLC - Milwaukee
MARKETPLACE 2019, which takes place Oct. 23-24, is the premier business capacity-building conference of the year for minority-, woman- and veteran-owned businesses pursuing contracts with state, federal and local agencies as well as corporations. 
Visit to view the agenda, keep updated on corporate and government buyer and register.

In affiliation with Marketplace, the Contracting Academy is an opportunity for businesses to grow their technical knowledge of contracting with the State of Wisconsin, Federal Government and Government Prime contractors. The series of workshops will benefit established businesses looking to grow and develop their government sales. Workshops will focus on 3 areas: Government Construction Contracting, Selling Goods / Services to the Government and Federal Manufacturing and Technology.

Registration is separate for the Contacting Academy. Visit for additional information.
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Acquisition Hour: Changes, Delays and Disputes in Federal Construction Contracts
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From DUNS to Unique IDs 
Before the end of 2020, organizations doing business with the government-from vendors to grantees-will have a new unique number by which they will be identified, ending use of a configuration in place for nearly 60 years.
With such a significant shift affecting so many, there are many questions still left to be answered. After an information session held in late July, the General Services Administration, which manages the entity verification system, collected and answered  105 of those questions.

From GSA Interact
As you might have heard by now, ( is set to decommission on November 8, 2019.  The decommission of the system and the migration of federal opportunities into will mark IAE's third system decommission recently (joining and  It's all part of our ongoing effort to streamline the federal awards process and make it easier to do business with the government.
As with our previous decommissions, all functionality from will migrate to  along with some added improvements.  We're making federal contract opportunities more user-friendly.  
The move into  will include the ability to search for opportunities by number, keyword, or location for more precise results (including easy-to-use search filters).  You'll also have the ability to 'follow'- or track - contract opportunities in To follow an opportunity, simply select the follow button. You'll then receive notifications whenever the  opportunity is updated.
There are more improvements and exciting news to come in the coming days and weeks.  Be sure to stay tuned here for everything you need to know about the transition of contract opportunities into
Right now, all you need to do to prepare for the transition is:
  • Note any search agents and any notices currently watched in  These will not be migrated, and you can start saving them now in
  • Create a new account in if you want to follow or save searches (you don't need an account to search only).
  • Prior to the transition, federal users may begin to migrate roles from or request them in To migrate roles, you will need an active user name and password.  We will publish specific dates for role migration in the future.  
After decommissioning, you will be redirected from to  
Keep in mind that until the system is retired in November, FBO remains the authoritative source for contract opportunities.
To learn more about the FBO transition and how it will impact you, please check out the FBO Transition Fact Sheet or view the presentation from the June 2019 Stakeholder Forum, here .

The DOD SBIR 19.3 and STTR 19.C Broad Agency Announcements are Open for Proposal Submission  

You may now submit your Phase I proposals for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) 19.3 and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) 19.C Broad Agency Announcements (BAA) through the Department of Defense (DOD) SBIR/STTR proposal submission website at All proposals for this Announcement must be received by 8:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, October 23, 2019. 

Important Dates: 
  • September 24, 2019: SBIR 19.3 and STTR 19.C open 
  • October 9, 2019: SITIS closes to new questions 
  • October 23, 2019: SBIR 19.3 and STTR 19.C close at 8:00 p.m. ET

New State Procurement Manual is LIVE!
On August 15, 2019, the new, revised  State Procurement Manual was posted! The effective date of the new Manual is September 16, 2019 and the State Bureau of Procurement is hosting several training sessions to help agencies and campuses manage the change over the next month. The new Manual features 73 official policies (down from 141 active policies in prior Manual), new forms, tools and website. While the number of policies in the new Manual has decreased, nothing has changed as it relates to our core principles: the importance of ethics, impartiality, and the traditionally high standards of Wisconsin public procurement to promote competition, integrity, consistency and openness. In the coming days, the Bureau will publish special editions of the newsletter with information related to the changes contained in the new Manual. We appreciate the work and patience of the agencies and campuses as we worked together toward completing this project!

Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: Restrictions on Use of Lowest Price Technically Acceptable Source Selection Process (DFARS Case 2018-D010) 
DoD is issuing a final rule amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to implement sections of the National Defense Authorization Acts for Fiscal Years 2017 and 2018 that establish limitations and prohibitions on the use of the lowest price technically acceptable source selection process.