- September 14, 2021 -
UPCOMING EVENTS
9/14/21
Great Lakes Dredge and Dock (GLDD) Small Business Webinar – Focus on Cybersecurity Requirements
Webinar

9/28/21
Acquisition Hour: Responding to Sources Sought Request and Preparing a Capabilities Statement
Webinar
9/29/21
Acquisition Hour: Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) Compliance 101
Webinar

9/29/21
Acquisition Hour: ESRS Individual Subcontractor Reporting (ISR) Basics
Webinar
NEWS & UPDATES
SBA Issues New HUBZone Guidance and Map Updates
 
In February 2020, SBA published an FAQs document related to two rules published in 2019. Since then, the Office of the HUBZone Program has received questions and information that has prompted refinement, clarification, or repeating of certain guidance, contained here. 
DLA Land and Maritime Procurement Initiatives
Request for Information

DLA Land and Maritime uses Requests for Information (RFI) as a standard business process with the purpose of collecting written information about the capabilities of various suppliers. A list of L&M RFIs can be found below (note this list may not be all inclusive).
Per FAR 15.201(e), “RFIs may be used when the Government does not presently intend to award a contract, but wants to obtain price, delivery, other market information, or capabilities for planning purposes. Responses to these notices are not offers and cannot be accepted by the Government to form a binding contract. There is no required format for RFIs.”
2021 Small Business Profiles For The States, The District Of Columbia, And The U.S.

Advocacy’s annual State Profiles provide a snapshot of each state’s small businesses. The profiles gather the latest federal economic data into state-by-state snapshots of small business health and economic activity.

This year’s profiles focus on state small business dynamics and employment.
Executive Order on Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act, 40 U.S.C. 101 et seq., and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, and in order to promote economy and efficiency in procurement by contracting with sources that provide adequate COVID-19 safeguards for their workforce, it is hereby ordered as follows: Read more
EFFECTIVE September 10 2021

On August 10, the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council issued a final rule revising the Federal Acquisition Regulations relating to the limitations on prime contractors’ ability to subcontract on small business set-aside contracts. Read more
Notice of Request for Comments on Barriers Facing Small Businesses in Contracting With the Department of Defense

The participation of dynamic, resilient, and innovative small businesses in the defense industrial base is critical to the United States' efforts to maintain its technological superiority, military readiness, and warfighting advantage. In furtherance of its efforts to maximize opportunities for small businesses to contribute to national security, the Department seeks public input on the barriers that small businesses face in working with the Department. This input will be used to update the Department's Small Business Strategy led by the DoD Office of Small Business Programs. Read more
FEATURED EVENTS
Upcoming WPI Office Hours
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October 26-27, 2021

FREE two day business academy for:
    -Existing small businesses
    -Individuals thinking of starting a business
    -Entrepreneurs looking for funding and resources
 
EDUCATIONAL TRACKS
Workshops covering small business lending topics, free business assistance resources, and ways to plan, start and grow a profitable business are offered.

BREAKOUT SESSIONS
These sessions will provide an opportunity to discuss specific topics on a variety of topics ranging from: childcare, personal care, construction, hospitality, food services, agriculture, retail, transportation, janitorial and online business. An expert will share their knowledge and experience, and then facilitate peer-to-peer sharing to help participants learn new ways to overcome startup and growth challenges.
 
December 8-9, 2021
 
Marketplace, the Governor’s Conference on Diverse Business Development connects business owners from across Wisconsin seeking to do business with state, federal and local governments as well as the private sector. At the conference, minority, woman, veteran, small and LGBTQ-owned businesses can learn from and connect with resource providers, government representatives, corporate buyers and business professionals to lay the framework to develop new partnerships and new contracts.
 
Marketplace runs a competitive awards program to recognize Wisconsin companies that exemplify business excellence, with dedicated award categories for larger and smaller, newer and more established businesses. In addition, the conference honors individuals and organizations that are providing leadership in the business communities served by Marketplace.
OTHER NEWS
  • Applications open for $100 million in Workforce Innovation Grants Read more
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Newsletter Editor: Doug Clemons, dougc@wispro.org