Nov 18 2020

Government Contracting Programs: Programs for Your Veteran-Owned Small Business

Rhode Island District Office  - November 17, 2020

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Government  Contracting Programs, visit sba.gov/contracting

Every year, the federal government spends over $600 billion on everything from space heaters to space shuttles. Why shouldn't your small business have a chance to get your piece of the government contracting pie? It should, can, and will. The SBA has created government contracting programs that help level the playing field for your small business so you can compete in this lucrative market.

Below, we will highlight one of those programs: The Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Program.

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Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Program (SDVOSB)

Government contracting veterans

The federal government's goal is to award at least three percent of all federal contracting dollars to service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses each year.

The government limits competition for certain contracts to businesses that participate in the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business program.

Joining the disabled veterans’ business program makes your business eligible to compete for the program’s set-aside contracts. You can still compete for contract awards under other socio-economic programs you qualify for.

To learn if your small business qualifies for the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Program click the link below.

Do I Qualify?

VA Vets First Verification Program

Vets First

The Vets First Verification Program affords verified firms owned and controlled by Veterans and Service-disabled Veterans the opportunity to compete for VA set asides. During Verification, the Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) verifies Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses and Veteran-Owned Small Business to ensure veteran eligibility, ownership, and control. In order to qualify for participation in the Veterans First Contracting Program, eligible SDVOSBs/VOSBs must first be verified. 

To learn more about the program or begin the certification process click the link below. 

Vets First

Federal Contracting Events

WOSB November 19 Webinar

Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contracting Program Webinar

Date: Thursday, November 19, 2020
Time: 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM EST

To help provide a level playing field for women business owners in industries where they have been historically underrepresented, the federal government limits competition for certain contracts to businesses that participate in the women’s contracting program. This free workshop, presented by a member of the local SBA team, will explain that program – known as the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contracting Certification Program -- and how that certification can help your small business grow.

This overview presentation covers:

  • The WOSB Program’s purposes and benefits – i.e., why you should be interested
  • Considerations for deciding if certification is appropriate for you, including the industries/NAICS codes included in the program
  • Eligibility requirements for certification
  • How to become certified
  • Tips for getting the most out of the WOSB certification



Job Costing for Improved Profitability

Date: Thursday, November 19, 2020
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM EST

Job costing, a direct requirement for the SF 1408, involves the gathering of the costs of materials, labor, and overhead associated with a particular job. It is needed for the incurred cost proposal and provides an excellent tool for tracing specific costs to individual jobs and scrutinizing them to determine if the costs can be reduced in future jobs, and vice versa, to see if any excess costs incurred can, in turn, be billed to a customer.

This webinar will:

  • Identify the requirements of job costing
  • Review the advantages, and show you how to use job costing to improve your company’s profitability.
  • Target Audience: Small business owners, accountants, contract managers.


Cybersecurity for small business. Visit ftc.gov/smallbusiness

Federal Contractors’ Evolving Cybersecurity Requirements

Date: Thursday, November 19, 2020
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM EST

We know that the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is going to be a mandatory element for anyone who wants to work with the Department of Defense (DoD). Knowing what is required and needed for your company is as important as knowing your proprietary and confidential information is safe from unscrupulous hackers or inadvertent mishaps.

In this course, you will learn about the different cybersecurity requirements for DoD contractors, what they mean, and much more. After taking this course, you will:

  • Understand the regulatory drivers behind federal contractor cybersecurity requirements.
  • Become acquainted with the 17 basic protections for Federal Contract Information (FCI) required by FAR clause 52.204-2.
  • Recognize the advanced protections for Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) required by DFARS clause 252.204-7012.
  • Understand the key critical decisions required of an organization to properly implement a compliant cybersecurity program.
  • Gain insight into what the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is, and how it differs from current compliance requirements.
  • Have the ability to differentiate between the NIST SP 800-171 Controls and the CMMC Level 3 Practices.


SBA Seeking Public Comments On Proposed Size Standard Increase

The SBA is seeking public comments on a proposed rule that would revise the small business size standards for businesses in three North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) sectors to increase small business eligibility for SBA’s loan and contracting programs.

The three sectors reviewed in the proposed rule are: Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Management of Companies and Enterprises; and Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services.

Your comments may be submitted on this proposed rule on or before Jan. 12, 2021 at www.regulations.gov, using the following RIN number: RIN 3245-AG91. You may also comment by mail to Khem R. Sharma, Chief, Size Standards Division, 409 3rd Street SW, Mail Code 6530, Washington, D.C., 20416.

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