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.
Counsel of Advocacy
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
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.
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.
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.