Rhode Island Small Business Seminars and Trainings for February 17, 2020 – March 1, 2020

Rhode Island  District Office  - February 12, 2020

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Upcoming Rhode Island Small Business Seminars and Trainings

Tuesday, February 18

Westerly | 9:00AM - 12:00PM

Wednesday, February 19

AARP Work for Yourself@50+
Providence | 9:30AM - 11:30AM

Thursday, February 20

Business Plan Basics
Providence | 9:30AM - 11:30AM

Tuesday, February 25

Get Your Finger On the Pulse of Your Business By
Understanding Your Financial Statements
Newport | 9:00AM - 11:00AM

Legal Considerations for New Business Owners
Providence | 9:30AM - 11:30AM

Thursday, February 27

Session I “Business Fundamentals”
Central Falls | 8:30AM - 12:00PM

Session II “Understanding Financial Statements”
Central Falls | 1:00PM- 4:00PM

On-Demand Webinars

The Learning Center

Financing Options for
Small Businesses

This training exercise is an introduction to financing options for your business. Topics include; determining your financial needs, loans, grants, venture capital, angel investors, crowd funding and other financial options available to small businesses. Duration: 00:30:00

Finding and attracting investors

This self-paced training exercise provides an introduction to finding and attracting investors. Topics include determining the need for outside financing, defining what an investor is and where to find them, explaining the investment process, and understanding investor expectations.

 Duration: 00:30:00

Gain the Confidence to Move Forward with Help from the SBA's Resource Partner Network:

Center for Women & Enterprise

Rhode Island Small Business Development Center

Rhode Island SCORE

Veterans Business Outreach Center of New England

Free to 7(j) eligible small business firms nationwide

Federal Market Acceleration Program (FedMAP™)

FedMAP™ uses a hands-on approach, guided by an experienced Capture Coach that takes eligible 8(a) and 7(j) small business participants through the entire process of developing and implementing a Capture Strategy Plan using a real-life contract opportunity that's specific to each participating company with the goal of helping the 8(a) and 7(j) small business win the contract.

FedMAP™ is a four-month, online program that includes:

  • Monthly Cohort Meetings are led by an experienced Capture Coach that
    leverages the groups collective experience to accelerate each participant’s
    knowledge and understanding of real-world application of activities that lead
    to success.
  • Monthly One-to-One Coaching Sessions with Coley’s experienced
    Capture Coaches
  • 24/7 Access to the FedMAP™ Online Community that includes training,
    courses, templates, resources, and group forums.

Registration is required and applications are being accepted NOW!

8 (a)  Virtual Events

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SBA’s 8(a) Virtual Events Platform to attend targeted trains for every phase of the 8(a) Business Development Program. Each live webinar session will provide attendees with strategies and tactics certified 8(a) firms are using to win contracts and grow their business.

While attending each session you will learn how successful 8(a) firms have effectively used the 8(a) BD Program to position their companies for sole-source awards, teaming, and business growth.

Topics covered during live webinar sessions for years 1-9 include:
• Year 0-2: Strategies for winning 8(a) sole source contracts, how to leverage the FAR as a small business, market research and proposal strategies for 8(a), Targeted Capabilities Statements
• Year 3-4: Refresher Strategies, 8(a)-Friendly Marketing and E-Tools
• Year 5-7: Joint Ventures and Mentor-Protégé, Managing Growth, and Networking to Capture Federal Business
• Year 8-9: Preparing for the exit with marketing tips for non-8(a) participants, understanding the “All Small Mentor-Protégé program, and Prime Contracting

February Sessions

Target Cohort Date and Time (ET) Course
Program Years 5-7 2/18/2020 | 11am ‐ 12pm (ET) Managing Growth
New 8(a) Participant 2/18/2020 | 4pm ‐ 5pm (ET) Bids and Proposals
New 8(a) Participant 2/19/2020 | 1pm ‐ 2pm (ET) Capabilities Statements and Briefings


For Course Details and to Register:

For additional information on upcoming webcast sessions contact:
Jasmine Francois - Moore or Jason Whetsell at our office 571-551-6075
or support@geconsultinggroup.com

The U.S. government is the largest single purchaser of goods and services in the world

On-Line Government Contracting Training

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.


  • 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 experience. You’ll become part of a virtual classroom where you can ask questions, seek guidance and participate in class discussions and interactive exercises.

February 18, 2020
Strategic Planning
1:00—2:30 pm EST

February 19, 2020
Preparing Bids for Government Construction Contracts
1:00—4:00 pm EST

February 20, 2020
Negotiating Government Contracts
1:00—5:00 pm EST

February 24, 2020
Audits and Accounting Systems
1:00—4:00 pm EST

February 25, 2020
Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) Primer
1:00—5:00 pm EST

How to Qualify for the GSA Schedule
5:00—7:00 pm EST

February 26, 2020
Managing and Administrating
Government Contracts
1:00—4:00 pm EST

For Course Details and to Register:  http://sbaworkshops.stoverteam.com

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

Keep your small business safe. Create a cybersecurity plan. Hashtag #BeCyberSmart

Cybersecurity Courses for 7(j) Eligible Firms

Eligible 7(j) participants are invited to a free training series to learn critical cybersecurity concepts, approaches to protecting their resources and intellectual property, and mandatory federal contracting requirements for both prime and sub-tier subcontractors.

Each course is approximately 1 hour.

This is the second round of training offered and we've heard great things from past participants, including that it's given them "a competitive edge."

7(j) Eligibility includes firms that are owned by one of the following:
(a) a socially and economically disadvantaged individual whose firm may or may not be a participant in the 8(a) Business Development Program;
(b) a firm located in a high unemployment or low income area, as de-fined in the U.S. Census Bureau's County and City Data Book and in the Poverty Guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS);
(c) a firm owned by a low-income individual.

Training like this is normally a huge investment for a firm but if you qualify, you can take it at no charge.

February 18: 1 - 2 pm ET: MOD 1; 2:30 - 3:30 pm ET: MOD 2
February 19: 1 - 2 pm ET: MOD 7; 2:30 - 3:30 pm ET: MOD 8
February 20: 1 - 2 pm ET: MOD 3; 2:30 - 3:30 pm ET: MOD 4
February 21: 11:00 am-12:00pm ET: MOD 11; 12:30- 1:30pm ET:MOD 12
February 25: 1 - 2 pm ET: MOD 9; 2:30 - 3:30 pm ET: MOD 10
February 26: 1 - 2 pm ET: MOD 5; 2:30 - 3:30 pm ET: MOD 6
February 27: 1 - 2 pm ET: MOD 15; 2:30 - 3:30 pm ET: MOD 16
February 28: 11:00 am-12:00pm ET: MOD 7; 12:30- 1:30pm ET:MOD 8

Register for critical FREE interactive web-based training today at: https://synergysolutions.talentlms.com/

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