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Did You Know the the U.S. Government is the World's Largest Customer?

8(a) Business Development Program Webinar

Do you meet all three of the requirements below? If so, you may be a good candidate for the 8(a) Business Development Program for Federal Government Contracting Opportunities!

1. In Business for at least two years?

2. Socially Disadvantaged (in a minority group)?

3. Economically Disadvantaged (personal net worth below $250K)?

Learn about 8(a) Business Development Program, a nine-year program for socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses that have been in business for at least two years. This class may help you gain a foothold in federal government contracting. Includes an overview of the benefits of the program, program eligibility, and the application process.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - 9:00am EDT
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Marketing to the Federal Government

In partnership with Benedict College, SBA 7j provider Ruffin Consulting will be on hand to provide a training session on Federal Contracting. We welcome all SBA 8(a) firms and other small businesses who are currently, or are interested in, doing business with the Federal Government.

This course will provide insight on how to identify and procure federal opportunities. Key Terms/Topics: Provide participants an understanding of key components of sales marketing and account action plan; sales and capture process; quality impression in client meetings with federal procurement agencies and officials; and much more!

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 8:30am EDT
Benedict College Business Development Center
2601 Read St. Columbia, SC 29204
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Getting on the GSA Schedule

In partnership with Benedict College, SBA 7j provider Ruffin Consulting will be on hand to provide an overview of the GSA Schedule. Learn how to submit a proposal for a contract under the GSA Schedule while understanding the benefits and keeping the GSA Multiple Award Schedule Contract compliant. Key

Terms/Topics: GSA Schedules and the Utilization of Small Business; Multiple Award Schedule (MAS); FAR related to MAS; Benefits of the MAS program; How to obtain a GSA Professional Services Schedule (PSS); Keeping your GSA MAS Contract Compliant; Schedule 70 Information Technology (IT), and much more.

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 8:30am EDT
Benedict College Business Development Center
2601 Read St., Columbia, SC 29204
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Information Corner

Boyd Johnson of Boyd Cycling

Greenville Bicycle Wheel Business Exports Across the Globe with SBA Assistance

Boyd and Nicole Johnson, a husband a wife duo in Greenville, SC, are former professional cyclists that decided to start their own business in developing innovative cycling products. Together they started, Boyd Cycling, a company that specializes in high performance bicycle wheels. Nicole and Boyd realized there was an international demand for their product, but as small business it was hard to tap into international marketing with a limited budget.

The Johnsons reached out to the South Carolina Department of Commerce, who received the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Grant to assist small businesses succeed in the international marketplace. The South Carolina Department of Commerce was able to provide funding to Boyd Cycling to expand their marketing to European countries by participating in trade shows.

"We gained many of our European clients through those trade shows," said Boyd.

Boyd Cycling has been very successful in exporting their wheels. The business currently exports to various countries in Europe, South America, Asia, and more. Exporting to other countries has opened up other markets for Boyd to be able to expand their business.

"We are a husband and wife team, and it would be very difficult to accomplish what we do without the help of SBA and the South Carolina Department of Commerce," said Boyd. "We are very appreciative of their support and for making the world a smaller place.


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