Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Day| CCR.gov Moves to Sam.gov| Note from the District Director

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September 2012

New Mexico District Office Newsletter

Brought to you by the US Small Business Administration New Mexico District Office
National Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Day

October 2nd is National Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Day

On Tuesday, October 2, 2012, the New Mexico District Office in conjunction with SCORE and the local AARP will host the National Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Day event. The event will be a Mentoring Brown Bag Sessions where well-known older business mentors in the New Mexico small business community will come together and share their stories and lessons learned with aspiring 50+ small business owners to be selected by the collaborating entities.

SBA New Mexico District Director John Woosely

From the Desk of  New Mexico District Director, 

John Woosley 

It has been a busy summer in New Mexico. On the 13th of June we celebrated Small Business Week with 500 friends at the Marriott Pyramid in Albuquerque.  On the 18th and 19th of July Dr. Winslow Sargeant, Chief Counsel for Advocacy, was in Albuquerque along with Assistant Advocate Major Clark, Region VI Regional Advocate Caitlin Cain and Carol Walker, Director of SBA’s Office of Native American Affairs.  

SBA Chief Counsel of Advocacy

Holds Round Table Discussions

Dr. Winslow Sargeant is the sixth Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, appointed by President Obama August 19, 2010. The Office of Advocacy is an independent voice for small business within the federal government with a mission of encouraging policies that support small business start-up, growth, and development.

As chief counsel, Dr. Sargeant directs Advocacy’s operations, which include conducting research on the U.S. small business sector, advocating for small businesses within the federal government’s agencies and rulemaking processes, reaching out to regional and state small business advocates and policymakers, and fostering public awareness of small business contributions and concerns.

On July 19, 2012, two roundtable discussions facilitated by Dr. Sargeant.  Economic Development was the topic for the first session.  

CCR.gov Moves to Sam.gov

The General Services Administration (GSA) is moving the implementation date of the System for Award Management (SAM) from May 29, 2012 to the end of July 2012. The additional sixty days will allow federal agencies to continue preparing their staff, give agencies and commercial system providers even more time to test their data transfer connections, and will ensure SAM contains the critical, documented capabilities users need from the system. 

This first phase of SAM will include the capabilities of Central Contractor Registration (CCR)/Federal Agency Registration (FedReg), Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA), and the Excluded Parties List System (EPLS). In preparation for the launch, GSA conducted extensive testing internally and in coordination with federal agencies using the data from these systems in their own contracting, grants, finance, and other departments. The testing was very valuable and will focus the efforts of the next sixty days.

SAM will reduce the burden on those seeking to do business with the government. Vendors will be able to log into one system to manage their entity information in one record, with one expiration date, through one streamlined business process. Federal agencies will be able to look in one place for entity pre-award information. Everyone will have fewer passwords to remember and see the benefits of data reuse as information is entered into SAM once and reused throughout the system.

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