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The Small Business Administration is a United States federal agency established in 1953 by the Small Business Act. The SBA is dedicated to assisting and supporting small business and entreprenuers. The SBA carries out its mission through a variety of programs including providing financial and federal contract procurement assistance, management assistance, and specialized outreach to women, minorities and armed forces veterans. less -

Weekly Update Newsletter - June 2017 #2

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GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING - “GSA Adds Hundreds of Small Businesses to the 8(a) STARS II GWAC Contract.”GSA Press Release, June 15, 2017. Retrieved from gsa.gov. The GSA 8(a) STARS II Governmentwide Acquisition Contract...more

New Option for Past Performance Ratings - Set-Aside Alert

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

The difficulties faced by small businesses lacking past performance ratings in winning federal contracts are well known. Please see full Alert below for more information....more

SBA Further Delays the Adoption of the SBIC Passive Business Rule Impacting BDCs with SBIC Subsidiaries

On May 2, 2017, the Small Business Administration (SBA) published a notice (the May 2 Notice), delaying the effective date of the final rule of the Passive Business Rule (the New Rule) under § 107.720 of the small business...more

House Bill Would Limit Credit for Small Businesses Falling into Multiple Socioeconomic Categories

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A recent bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives seeks to amend the Small Business Act to limit the way agencies take credit for contracting with small businesses that fall into several socioeconomic categories....more

DOJ Continues to Crack Down on SBA Fraud

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On April 25, 2017, the DOJ announced that Michelle Cho, an officer of Far East Construction Corporation and other companies, received both prison time and civil penalties for her involvement as the mastermind of a fraudulent...more

New CVE Guidance on Joint Ventures and Mentor-Protégé Relationships

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Earlier this month, the VA’s Center for Verification and Evaluation (“CVE”) published a new VA Verification Assistance Brief, Understanding Joint Venture and Mentor-Protégé Agreement Eligibility (“Assistance Brief”). The...more

SBA Delays (Again) the Rule on SBIC Passive Business Financing

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On May 2, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) published a Notice, delaying for an additional 90 days the effective date of a recent Final Rule that modifies SBA’s regulations on the ability of a small business...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - April 2017

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION - Small Business Size Standards; Adoption of 2017 North American Industry Classification System for Size Standards - The U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) has issued a proposed...more

Contractors: Be on the Lookout to Challenge Unreasonable Agency Procurements

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Since government agencies are given substantial discretion in creating solicitations and evaluating proposals, contractors are frequently at a disadvantage in identifying and challenging improprieties. But that discretion is...more

Control is a Key Element in Determining Affiliation for SBA Small Business Size Determination

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The most common reason for contractors failing to meet the Small Business size standards set by the Small Business Administration (SBA) is because they are found to be affiliated with other companies, such that one company...more

Understanding the Extended Surviving Spousal Protections for SDVOSBs

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A surviving spouse, who is not a Service-Disabled Veteran, must satisfy specific criteria in order to continue running a company as though it remained a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (“SDVOSB”). This right is...more

SBA Further Delays Rule on SBIC Passive Business Financing

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The rule has been further delayed to enable SBA to consider further the rule's impact on the SBIC program and its participants, and to make necessary determinations regarding the rule’s effects on SBAs examination and...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - March 2017 #3

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SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION - “SBA Administrator Honors Nation’s Top Small Businesses.” Small Business Administration Press Release, March 16, 2017. Retrieved from https://www.sba.gov. Administrator Linda...more

SBA Size Standards Under the Microscope

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

SBA's size standards are one of the agency's most important metrics. The size standards draw a bright line between small and large businesses for each industry by NAICS code. A firm that is below the size standard for its...more

Government Contracts: Advantages for Small Business Concerns

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Linda McMahon, former chief executive officer of World Wrestling Entertainment, was confirmed by the Senate on February 14, 2017, to lead the Small Business Administration (SBA). It’s expected her work will revolve...more

Identity of Interest Affiliation: Everything You Need to Know

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If your company pursues small business set-aside contracts, either as a prime contractor or as a subcontractor, you have to prepare for the possibility of a post-award size protest alleging affiliation. Once the protest is...more

Keep an Eye Out for Identity of Interest Affiliation

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

Anyone who does business with a small business government contractor will always want to be aware of any potential bases for affiliation that might arise. However, the so-called “identity of interest” affiliation, as...more

How to Qualify as a Women-Owned Small Business

by Varnum LLP on

Last year, we wrote about the opportunities available to businesses owned by service-disabled veterans. There are also programs available to provide similar advantages to women-owned businesses. One such program is the...more

It’s a New Year, Are You Still a Small Business?

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

It is a new year, and this is the perfect time for a small business to consider whether it still qualifies as a small business. We recommend that small businesses assess their size at least once a year. Because eligibility...more

SBA Delays Rule on SBIC Passive Business Financing

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On January 26, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) published a Notice, delaying the effective date of a recent Final Rule that was set to modify SBA’s regulations on the ability of a small business investment company...more

SBA Changes the Game

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On November 22, 2016, the Small Business Administration released SOP 50 10 5(I) (the "SOP"), which is administrative speak for new standard operating procedures affecting loans to businesses involved in franchising. The...more

SBA Adopts Final Passive Business Rule Impacting BDCs with SBIC Subsidiaries 

On December 28, 2016, the Small Business Administration (SBA) released the final version of the Passive Business Rule (the New Rule) under § 107.720 of the small business investment company (SBIC) regulations. Among other...more

Description of the Small Business Investment Company Program Participation by Unleveraged Funds

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A Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) is a privately owned and operated company that makes long-term investments in American small businesses and is licensed by the United States Small Business Administration (SBA)....more

UPDATE: SBA Clarifies Profit Percentages for Joint Ventures under the Small Business Mentor-Protégé Program

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

As previously reported, on July 22, 2016, the Small Business Administration (SBA) issued a final rule establishing a government-wide mentor-protégé program encompassing all small business concerns....more

Weekly Update Newsletter - January 2017 #2

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GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - Federal Acquisition Regulation; Federal Acquisition Circular 2006-95 - This Federal Acquisition Circular provides a summary presentation of final rules issued by the Department of Defense...more

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