Dallas/Fort Worth District Office 8(a) Newsletter

Dallas/Fort Worth District Office

8(a) Newsletter

                                                                                                                          February 1, 2013

Fiscal Year 2013 7(j) Management and Technical Assistance Program

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7(j) Technical Training goes On-Line

How It Works

Just like a class you’d attend in person, courses are taught by a live instructor on a scheduled day and time. The Web-enabled Instructor-Led training experience has much in common with the classroom equivalent. Students:

  • Receive course materials in advance
  • Participate in real time using a broadband connection
  • Interact directly with the instructor and their peers

From your computer, you’ll link to an instructor in a live, real-time, interactive learning experi-ence. You’ll become part of a virtual classroom where you can ask questions, seek guidance and participate in class discussions and small group exercises.

Federal Contracting and Government Contract Management (On-Line)

  • Part 1: February 4, 2013
  • Part 2: February 5, 2013
  • Time: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm Eastern

Participants Must Attend Both Sessions to Receive Certificate

Topics Include:

  • Federal Contracting Primer
  • Federal Contractor Registration
  • The Acquisition Process
  • Solicitations and Contract Types
  • Introduction to Federal Business Opportunities
  • Obtaining Complementary Desig-nations
  • Multiple Award Schedule Con-tracts & Teaming
  • The Federal Acquisition Regulation
  • Contract Administration
  • Contract Files
  • Contract Award and Execution
  • Payment Considerations
  • Disputes, Claims and Remedies

There is no cost for 7(j) eligible businesses. 

Workshop information: Phyllis Embree or Chris Strudthoff, sbaworkshops@stoverteam.com or at (770) 423-9888.

Other Upcoming On-Line 7(j) Workshops

  Construction Contracting - 2/6 - 2/7

  • The Opportunities for Construction Contracting
  • Introduction to the Bid Preparation Process
  • The Bid Preparation Process
  • The Cost Proposal
  • The Review Process
  • Management Considerations Training
  • Forensic Performance Assessment

 Marketing/Capture Management - 2/19 - 2/20

  • Understanding the government buyer and the acquisition process
  • How the government conducts market research
  • Marketing tools
  • Using technology in marketing
  • Past performance and maintaining a good reputation
  • The steps to effective capture management

Financial Management for Governement Contractors - 2/21 - 2/22

  • Compliant Accounting Systems/Processes
  • Contract Types
  • Surviving DCAA and other audits
  • Contract Administration/Management
  • Modifying Accounting Systems
  • Management Considerations

E-Commerce & Internet Business Strategies - 2/25 - 2/26

  • Roles and functions of e-commerce
  • Internet technologies and e-commerce
  • Business models used in e-commerce
  • Advantages and disadvantages of e-commerce solutions
  • e-Commerce Implementation Plan, Security, Marketing
  • Legal and Ethical Issues Related to e-Commerce
  • Strategies for using internet business tools

Proposal Preparation - 2/27 - 2/28

  • Federal Contracting Primer
  • The Source Selection Process
  • Key RFP Documentation
  • The RFP Structure
  • The Proposal Preparation Process
  • The Past Performance Volume
  • The Cost/Price Volume
  • The Review Process
  • Management Considerations

For more information on the above listed workshops and to register, please click on the registration link below.

Disclamer:  This activity is funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) contract number D12PC00504. SBA’s funding is not an endorsement of the contractor or any products, opinions or services. All SBA Programs and services are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis.


Experian & U.S. Small Business Administration

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The Office of Business Development through the 7(j) Program is providing this free service to all 8(a) and Hubzone firms.

Experian & U.S. Small Business Administration


Experian offers the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 8(a) and HUBZone firms an easy and convenient way to obtain Experian business information online. BusinessIQ Express is a complete self-service Web tool tailored for small business consumption of business facts and historical financial and payment information. Use BusinessIQ Express to:

Evaluate businesses quickly

  • Easily access the data, tools and advice needed to keep the cash flowing

Monitor business relationships

  • Receive alerts and take action on customers, suppliers and partners before it’s too late

Collect outstanding debts

  • Collect from businesses and avoid future losses

Through this special program, SBA 8(a) and HUBZone firms can access business information covering 99.9% of U.S. businesses online securely and seamlessly in seconds. Up to 100 businesses can be searched and loaded into the tool’s dashboard and monitored daily for changes. Firms can instantly access Experian’s evaluation reports at anytime for any reason and as often as they need on these loaded businesses. The tool’s evaluation reports provide varying levels of detail — from presenting the basic demographic facts of a business to summary credit, payment and public record histories — in an easy-to-read format. Sample reports are available at http://www.BusinessIQexpress.com/SBA

In addition, the program’s tool offers business monitoring designed for proactively managing key financial and credit changes to a business. It also includes collection tips and resources, including a list of collection agencies, to aid in the collection of outstanding debt.

Key Features and Benefits

Program URLs for learning center, video demonstrations and sample reports:

http://www.BusinessIQexpress.com/SBA http://www.experian.com/business-information/landing/biqex-sba-demo.html

1. Get unlimited access to Experian’s evaluation data (reports) on up to 100 businesses

  • Up to 100 businesses such as suppliers, venders, customers or partners can be loaded into the tool’s dashboard for evaluation and monitoring

Benefit: Minimizes the risk of doing business with others and helps improve cash flow by avoiding potential losses and supply disruption

2. FREE* access to credible data from Experian – a trusted credit data company

  • A $750 value offered at no cost to SBA 8(a) and HUBZone firms
  • No credit card information required for basic service
  • Access to detailed credit reports available at point of sale for additional cost

Benefit: Saves time and money – Pull detailed credit reports only when needed

3. Access to business reviews and ratings from the small business user community

  • Search for any business and receive ratings and reviews, or provide additional reviews of current experiences with the business

Benefit: Serves a need to screen and review businesses

4. Email alerts on significant business changes

  • Businesses loaded in tool’s portfolio will be monitored for key changes
  • Users of the service will receive email alerts when change triggers occur

Benefit: Provide peace of mind

5. Convenient access to collection tools and agencies

  • Value add resources include alternative business addresses and contacts, letter
  • templates to aid the collection process, and a list of collection agencies

Benefit: Provides guidance and advice on how to collect outstanding debt

Click to video video on how it works.

*Offer redeemed by special invitation only with access ID and password.

Disclamer:  This activity is funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) contract number D12PC00504. SBA’s funding is not an endorsement of the contractor or any products, opinions or services. All SBA Programs and services are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis.

2013 E200 Leadership Class

Recruitment efforts are on the way for the e200 Emerging Leaders Class of 2013.  This is an intensive training initiative to accelerate growth of high potential small businesses located in America’s cities.  Developed by the U.S. Small Business Administration, e200 offers qualified business owners powerful benefits including innovative strategies to grow, acquire financing, access new markets and leverage networking.

The e200 training is open to small businesses located in Dallas/Fort Worth area with annual revenues between $400,000 to $10 million that have been in business for at least three years. This training is not for start-up businesses.

The only costs are your time and commitment to complete the curriculum. Anticipate 100+ hours of combined classroom, homework and peer-to-peer mentoring.

QUESTIONS? Please contact Billy Medina at 817-684-5500 ext. 5517(Billy.Medina@sba.gov). Recruitment for the 2013 class is underway.

Other SBA News 

New Online Marketplace - RFP-EZ 

SBA Presidential Innovation Fellow launches innovative online contracting system - RFP-EZ which makes available a limited number of low-dollar contracts trhough the new online marketplace. Read More

5 Things You Need to Know About the FY13 National Defense Authorization Act.

President Obama recently signed the Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which appropriates funds for military activities of the Department of Defense and other national security programs. You may be asking yourself, “Why am I reading about national security on the SBA website”  Well, if you’re a small business and are doing business with the government, the NDAA includes a number of provisions that impact you. That’s why we thought it would be beneficial to highlight the top five things small businesses should know about the FY13 NDAA. Read More

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Upcoming Events

SBA Certification Classes

First Monday of every month @ SBDC - Bill J. Priest (Dallas) from 10:00 - 12:00  To Register call 214-860-5865

First Wednesday of every month @ SBA District Office (Fort Worth) 10:00 - 12:00

Cross Timbers Matchmaking

March 20, 2013

For Information Contact Caitlin Johnson johnsonc@uta.edu 817-272-0543  

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The 2013 Annual 8(a) Business Development Conference is scheduled for          June 12, 2013 at the University of Texas Arlington Research Institute (UTARI).  Details coming soon.