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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 -
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Considerations When Choosing a Mentor or Protege Under the SBAs Programs - Set-Aside Alert

When the U.S. Small Business Administration amends its regulations in August 2016 to establish a mentor-protégé program for all small businesses, it included provisions that limit the number of mentors a small business can...more

How to Succeed Under SBA’s New Mentor-Protege Program

As of November 1st, SBA’s certify.sba.gov portal is operational and accepting applications for the new Small Business Mentor-Protégé program. By now, you’ve heard of the program and are considering its potential value for...more

Stiff Penalties Imposed for Abuse of SBA Set Aside Contracts

This past Tuesday, Margaret Cho, an Officer of Far East Construction Company, pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit wire fraud. Ms. Cho also agreed to pay a forfeiture in the amount of $169,166 and a criminal fine in the...more

SBA Adds Training Module to Mentor-Protégé Applications

Small and large businesses seeking to take advantage of the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) new All Small Mentor-Protégé Program will now have to jump through an extra hurdle as part of the application process. The...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - October 2016 #4

OTHER GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING NEWS - “Texas court places temporary halt on Fair Pay rule.” Federal News Radio. October 26, 2016. The Eastern District Court of Texas placed a preliminary injunction on Fair Pay and...more

PilieroMazza Legal Advisor - Fourth Quarter

On October 24, on the eve of its implementation, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a nationwide order halting the implementation of the bulk of Executive Order 13673, Fair Pay Safe Workplaces,...more

What happens to federal set-aside contracts when the owner of the government contractor passes away?

The Small Business Administration (SBA) and Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) have multiple programs where federal contracts can be “set-aside” for companies owned by certain classifications of persons. But what happens to...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - October 2016 #3

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION - Small Business Mentor-Protégé Programs - Corrections - The SBA has issued technical corrections to its final rule published in the Federal Register on July 25, 2016 (81 FR 48557),...more

SBA Office of Advocacy submits comment letter asking CFPB to reconsider payday loan proposal

The Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy has submitted a comment letter on the CFPB’s proposed payday loan rule that raises concerns about the proposal’s economic impact on small businesses and encourages the...more

Take Note of This Law Regarding Small Business Offerors Under Multiple Award Contracts

The National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”) for Fiscal Year 2016, which went into effect on November 25, 2015, contains some requirements regarding multiple award contracts that you might not know about. The 2016 NDAA...more

Federal Small Business Authority Sharply Questions CFPB'S Proposed Payday Rule

In strongly worded comments filed October 7 in the Consumer Financial Protection Board's (CFPB) rulemaking on payday and other small dollar loans, the federal agency charged with advocating on behalf of small business took...more

More Work Needed to Improve the HUBZone Program

The HUBZone Program needs some TLC. After a peak of 14,000 SBA-certified participants in 2009, the HUBZone Program has seen a significant drop in participation over the past few years due to various factors. This, in turn,...more

Now is the Time for a Joint Venture Checkup - Set-Aside Alert

On August 24, 2016, the Small Business Administration’s long-awaited rules creating the new small business mentor-protégé program took effect... Please see full Alert below for more information. ...more

SBA Proposes Updates and Improvements to Early Stage SBIC Program

The proposed rule reflects SBA’s intent to continue licensing and providing SBA-guaranteed leverage to Early Stage SBICs beyond the initial five-year term previously announced. On September 19, the U.S. Small Business...more

The FAR Councils Drop 10 FAR Amendments in End-of-Fiscal-Year Blitz

On September 30, 2016, the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Councils issued 10 FAR amendments (nine final and one interim) on a broad range of topics. One rule imposes new risks for contractors with delinquent taxes or...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - September 2016 #4

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - Amendments to Department of Defense (“DOD”) Mentor-Protégé Program DOD has issued a proposed rule which will amend the DFARS to implement Section 861 of the NDAA 2016, which provides amendments...more

SBA to Start Accepting Mentor-Protégé Applications

On Oct.1, 2016, the Small Business Administration (SBA) will begin accepting applications for the new All Small Mentor-Protégé Program. This program has been several years in the making and follows authorizations in the...more

D.C. Circuit Rules That the 8(a) Program is Constitutional, But Its Reasoning Raises Questions

On September 9, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (D.C. Circuit) issued a split decision holding that § 8(a) of the Small Business Act does not violate the Equal Protection Clause of the...more

Recent Changes to the 8(a) Program Application Process

“They’re asking for what?” This is a not-so-uncommon response from small businesses applying to SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program (“8(a) Program”), which is notorious for the amount of information – and paper – that...more

Is the SBA’s 8(a) Minority Business Development Program Constitutional?

The constitutionality of small business programs has been a significant topic of debate over the past few years. The U. S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit recently upheld the constitutionality of the Small Business...more

Fall 2016 SBIC Debenture Coupon Rates Remain at Historical Lows

In September 2016, the SBIC Funding Corporation completed a pooling of SBA debentures in the amount of $992,955,000. The SBA debentures have a coupon rate of 2.051 percent. This most recent pricing reflects a decrease from...more

New Opportunities For All: SBA Expands The Small Business Mentor-Protégé Programs

On July 25, 2016, the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) released a much-anticipated Small Business Mentor Protégé Programs Final Rule that created a new expanded mentor-protégé program, modeled on the existing 8(a)...more

September 2016 Pooling Results in All-Time Record Low SBIC Debenture Rate

The September 2016 pooling of Small Business Investment Company (“SBIC”) debentures resulted in an annual interest rate pricing of 2.051%, which sets a new all-time record low rate for SBIC debentures. The previous record low...more

How Can My Unpopulated Small Business Joint Venture Get a Clearance?

When the SBA issued its final rule concerning its new Small Business Mentor Protégé Programs, it adopted a major change for 8(a) and small business joint ventures: no more populated joint ventures. Instead, the rule provides...more

SBA Will Begin Accepting Applications for the New Small Business Mentor-Protégé Program on October 1, 2016

Late last month, SBA published its final rule establishing a government-wide mentor-protégé program for all small business concerns called the All Small Mentor-Protégé Program. The rule is set to become effective on August...more

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