Doing business with Federal Agencies

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SBA Connecticut District Office

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The seminar will begin with an overview of the System for Award Management (SAM) that replaced Central Contractor Registration (CCR) and the Online Representations and Certifications Application (ORCA) Process. Registration in SAM is necessary to be eligible to win a government contract. Eventually, ten government programs will be combined and accessible through SAM. The system’s migration process will be explained and the necessity of creating a new SAM account will be detailed.

A complete demonstration of the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website is included, where all federal bids estimated at over $25,000 are posted. The State’s bid portal will be highlighted where state and municipal bids are posted. An explanation on how to respond to these solicitations will be given.
Since state and federal agencies all have small business goals and corresponding programs to meet these goals, the individual programs will be explained highlighting the eligibility requirements and benefits of each program. Frequently, small businesses find contracting and subcontracting opportunities through set-asides bids with the government and prime government contractors. Because many of these programs are administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA), a representative of SBA will provide a hands on overview of them. Among the Programs explained will be the new set-aside programs for women owned businesses, veteran businesses, the HubZone Program and the 8-A Business Development Program. The State’s Supplier Diversity Program and the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program (DBE) will be outlined. Often small businesses have no knowledge of these programs.

When:  March 5, 2013
Time:  9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: Cyrenius H. Booth Library
25 Main Street
Newtown, CT 06470
Cost: No Charge

There will be a brief discussion about services offered by the Connecticut Procurement Technical Assistance Program (CT PTAP) and the Small Business Administration (SBA). 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 contact Lisa Powell @ or 860-240-4892.