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Oct 22 2019

SBA Government Procurement Information, News and Events


Minnesota District Office

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Introduction

Welcome to the monthly SBA Minnesota District Procurement Newsletter. Our newsletter is designed to be your monthly source for procurement events and news. 


Upcoming Events

October 22, St. Paul - U of M Supplier Diversity Expo

October 29, Minneapolis - Community Engagement in Diversity Contracting in Government

October 29, Minneapolis - Cyber Security for Small & Mid-Size Businesses

October 29, Webinar - Understanding the Federal Procurement Data System

November 4, St. Paul - Dept of Administration - PTAC Orientation Class

November 5, Minneapolis - State Contracting: Navigating The Procurement Process

November 5, Webinar - Doing Business with the VA, Veterans Verification and the Veteran Business Outreach Center

November 14, Webinar -  Veteran's In Focus- GSA's Global Supply Program

November 19, St. Paul, MN - Understanding State Government Contracting

November 27, St. Paul - CERT Certification Monthly Workshops

December 3, Webinar -  All Small Mentor-Protege Program

December 17, St. Paul - Exploring Federal Government Contracting

December 18, St. Paul - CERT Certification Monthly Workshops

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Save the Date

April 23, 2020, Brooklyn Center - 21st Annual SADBOC Government Procurement Fair


On-Demand Webinar

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All Small Mentor-Protégé Program

This tutorial is designed to help you answer the question, “Is SBA’s All Small Mentor-Protégé Program a good fit for my business?” You will be provided relevant details to inform the answer to that question to include learning how small businesses fit into the federal buying marketplace.


FBO.gov is Transitioning to beta.SAM.gov

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WHAT TO EXPECT

FedBizOpps.gov (FBO.gov) will be decommissioned and its critical functionality will be transitioned  into beta.SAM.gov in the first quarter of the 2020 fiscal year. 

Once the transition is complete, beta.SAM.gov will have the same federal business opportunity capabilities that are found today in FBO.gov. There also will be improvements, such as:

  • The ability to search for opportunities by number, keyword, or location for more precise results (including easy-to-use search filters)
  • Easy to read headers that will allow you to reference key information quickly
  • The option to access previous versions of opportunity notices with one click
    The ability to set up notices, with a simple click, that will notify you when frequently used contract opportunities are updated
  • The ability to manage alerts easily through a new user workspace (frequency, turn on/off)
  • A user-friendly design with logical navigation and industry best practices embedded
  • Shared login, search, workspace, data services, reports, and a design that will allow you to leverage other IAE system data easily

For additional information visit:


SBA Accepting Nominations for 2020 Small Business Week Awards

National Small Business Week Awards. Hashtag #SmallBusinessWeek

The U.S. Small Business Administration is now accepting nominations for its 2020 National Small Business Week Awards. All nominations must be submitted no later than 2 p.m. CST, January 7, 2020. National award winners will be announced during National Small Business Week, May 3-May 9, 2020.

A list of 2020 National Small Business Week Awards, eligibility criteria, selection process, evaluation criteria and how to submit a nomination package are set forth in the National Small Business Week 2020 Award Nominations Guidelines booklet. To learn more visit, SBA National Small Business Week Awards.

In addition to the National Small Business Week Awards, the SBA’s Minnesota District Office will be presenting state-specific awards in several categories. They include:

  • Encore Entrepreneur – for an individual who started their business after age 50
  • Family-Owned Small Business – for businesses with a 15-year track record that has been handed from one generation to another
  • Minority-Owned Small Business – for businesses 51% or more owned and controlled by one or more minorities
  • Minority Small Business Champion – for individuals who have advanced small business opportunities for minorities
  • Veteran-Owned Small Business - for businesses 51% or more owned and controlled by one or more Veterans, Active Duty Service members, Reservists, National Guard Members or their spouses
  • Veteran Small Business Champion - for individuals who have advanced small business opportunities for veterans
  • Women in Business Champion - for individuals who have advanced small business opportunities for women
  • Women-Owned Small Business - for businesses 51% or more owned and  controlled by one or more women
  • Young Entrepreneur – for individuals who are majority owner and operator of a business and will not have turned 30 by June 1, 2020

Nominations for the Minnesota District Office categories must be submitted by December 30, 2019.

To learn more visit, Minnesota Small Business Week Awards. For questions, contact Twila Kennedy at twila.kennedy@sba.gov or at (612) 370-2300


Helpful Information

SBA CERT

Find out if you are eligible to join the Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program, HUBZone Program, or 8(a) Business Development Program.

PTAC

MN PTAC’s mission is to strengthen Minnesota’s economy by stimulating job creation, growth, and business retention. To accomplish this goal, the MN PTAC assists businesses in securing government contracts.

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Overtime Pay
On September 24, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule to make 1.3 million American workers eligible for overtime pay. For more information, please visit www.dol.gov/whd/overtime2019.


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