Registering for Federal Contracting

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Registering for Federal Contracting, Searching for Federal & State Bids and Set-Aside Programs - New Haven, on February 15th, 2013


This seminar will explore the various Federal and State set-aside programs through a discussion about the qualifications and benefits for each of these classifications or programs. The federal set-aside programs to be explored include those for veteran owned businesses; women owned businesses; HubZone Certification; and 8-A Certification. An explanation will be provided on what qualifies a company to be considered a small disadvantaged business. The seminar will detail which classifications require self certification and which require formal certification. An overview of the State of Connecticut’s Supplier Diversity Program will be presented along with an explanation of the Department of Transportation’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program (DBE).
 
After exploring the cited set-aside programs the seminar will demonstrate the websites for locating federal bids over $25,000 and the State’s bid portal where state and municipal bids can be found. Through specific searches in these bid portals companies will learn how to locate various bids along with solicitations restricted under socio-economic headings. The seminar will also demonstrate the databases where certified companies are found.The federal government’s new System of Award Management (SAM) Program will be explained. SAM replaced Central Contractor Registration (CCR) and the Online Representations and Certifications (ORCA). Enrollment in SAM is mandatory for federal contracting.

Among other topics covered is how a business’s size standard is determined using the North American Industry Classification (NAICS) System. Details will be provided to show how to obtain a DUNS Number required by the SAM registration.
There will be a brief discussion about services offered by the Connecticut Procurement Technical Assistance Program (CT PTAP) and the Small Business Administration (SBA).

When:  February 15, 2013
Time:  9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Gateway Community College
20 Church Street, Room S106
New Haven, CT 06511
Cost: No Charge

The program is designed to be interactive so that all questions are welcome. Brien Robertson, Director of Procurement Technical Assistance Program will present the seminar along with Lisa Powell, Economic Development Specialist from the SBA.
To register: Call Lisa Powell at 860-240-4892 or email her at lisa.powell@sba.gov.

Directions:

From Hartford
I-91 South to I-95 South (New York). Take Exit 46, Long Wharf (first exit on the right). At the bottom of the exit ramp, turn right onto Sargent Drive. Go straight. Turn left at the traffic light on Church Street and go over the bridge toward downtown New Haven. The college is on the left.
From New London
I-95 South (New York). Take Exit 46, Long Wharf (first exit on the right). At the bottom of the exit ramp, turn right onto Sargent Drive. Go straight. Turn left at the traffic light on Church Street and go over the bridge toward downtown New Haven. The college is on the left.
From New York
I-95 North to exit 1 toward Downtown New Haven. Make a slight right onto N Frontage Road. Turn Right onto Church Street. The college will be on your left.