SBA January Newsletter - San Diego District Office

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January 2013

San Diego District Office Newsletter

Brought to you by the U.S. Small Business Administration

SBA Launches Affordable Care Act Web Page & Blog

San Diego Small Businesses Encouraged to Learn How to Take Advantage of New Health Care Provisions

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) today launched a new web page and blog dedicated to educating small business owners about the Affordable Care Act. The new tools will serve as a gateway for small business owners connecting them with information provided by SBA’s federal partners responsible for implementing the law, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“The Affordable Care Act provides small business owners with access and opportunity to provide affordable health care options for their employees,” said SBA Administrator Karen G. Mills. “SBA’s new Affordable Care Act web page and blog will serve as a resource for small business owners who want learn more about how to take advantage of these benefits.”

The Affordable Care Act has many beneficial measures specifically for small businesses, including slowing premium cost growth and increased access to quality, affordable health insurance. SBA’s new web page, www.sba.gov/healthcare, breaks down the key provisions of the Act based on business size in the following categories: self-employed, fewer than 25 employees, fewer than 50 employees and more than 50 employees.

The web page also provides links to other useful information for small businesses, including a glossary of key health care reform terms, an interactive timeline with dates for when certain reforms will be implemented, a state-by-state breakdown of health care options, and how to learn more about specific tax provisions and regulations. Additional resources will be added as they become available.

The blog, entitled Health Care Business Pulse (www.sba.gov/blog), will provide small business owners with continuous updates about the implementation of the Act. The blog is for informational purposes only and is not intended as legal or tax advice. Readers should consult their legal or tax professionals to discuss how specific matters relate to their individual business circumstances.

Event Photos

Photo: Ruben Garcia and Tony McCune

Left to Right - Ruben Garcia, SBA District Director and Tony McCune, Owner McCune Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge. Tony McCune received a Lifetime Achievement Award for Volunteer/Charitable Giving, at the National City Chamber of Commerce 103rd Annual Installation Dinner & Awards Ceremony. In his acceptance speech he mentioned that in 1976 he received an SBA disaster loan that helped him save his business after a rain storm flooded his property. 

Photo: Ruben Garcia, Eric Gruenloh & Julie Lama

Left to Right - Ruben Garcia, SBA District Director, San Diego; Eric Gruenloh, Director, C4ISR Solutions Group at Innovative Defense Technologies, LLC and Executive Committee & Vice President of Small Business for AFCEA San Diego; and Julie Lama, Director, Corporate Member Programs, AFCEA International, at the AFCEA West 2013 Conference.


SBA Announces Changes to Contracting Program For Women-Owned Small Businesses

Women-owned small businesses will have greater access to federal contracting opportunities as a result of changes included in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 (NDAA) to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program.
“This new law is a prime example of how the Obama Administration is embracing a more inclusive view of entrepreneurship, helping small businesses and America succeed,” said SBA Administrator Karen Mills.  “Today, women own 30 percent of all small businesses up from just 5 percent 40 years ago.  As one of the fastest growing sectors of small business owners in the country, opening the door for women to compete for more federal contracts is a win-win.”
The NDAA removes the anticipated award price of the contract thresholds for women-owned small businesses (WOSB) and economically disadvantaged women-owned small businesses (EDWOSB) to allow them greater access to federal contracting opportunities without limitations to the size of the contract.
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SBA Presidential Innovation Fellows Launch Innovative Online Contracting System: RFP-EZ A Limited Number of Low-Dollar Contracts Now Available Through New Online Marketplace

The U.S. Small Business Administration, in conjunction with the White House’s Presidential Innovation Fellows, today launched a “beta” (pilot) version of RFP-EZ, a new online marketplace that streamlines the government contracting process, making it simpler for small businesses to find and bid on low-dollar contracts from federal agencies.
 
The new program allows the government to source low-cost, high-impact solutions from innovative tech companies.  A limited number of low-dollar contracts through RFP-EZ are now available at http://rfpez.sba.gov.  If successful, the pilot will be expanded to include more contracts for a more diverse group of innovative startups.
“The federal government gets access to the most innovative startups, helping us lower costs and get more bang for the dollars we spend,” said Sean Greene, SBA’s Associate Administrator for Investment and Innovation.  “The small businesses get access to the largest customer in the world.  It’s a win-win.”
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Photo: Richard Blum

We wish Richard Blum all the best in his move to SBA Headquarters, in Washington, D.C..  He will be a supervisor, in the 8(a) Business Development Program.