SBA Government Contracting Events and News - August 30, 2021

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Moratorium Announced on 8a Bona Fide Place of Business Requirements

SBA has announced a moratorium on the requirement that participants in SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program must establish a bona fide place of business in a specific geographic area in order to be awarded any construction contract through the 8(a) Program due to the ongoing challenges of COVID-19.  

The moratorium is effective August 25, 2021, and applies to all 8(a) construction contracts offered to the 8(a) Program between August 25, 2021, and September 30, 2022.

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Government Contracting News, Updates, and Resources

Executive Order to Raise the Minimum Wage to $15 for Federal Contractors

Earlier this year, President Biden issued an executive order requiring federal contractors to pay a $15 minimum wage to hundreds of thousands of workers who are working on federal contracts. And the U.S. Department of Labor has announced proposed rulemaking to implement that order. 


FAR Updated to Include Useful Guidance on “Good Faith” Compliance with Small Business Subcontracting Plans

The Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council issued its final rule to implement Small Business Administration (SBA) rules that provide examples to guide contracting officers in assessing whether large business prime contractors have made “good faith” efforts to comply with their small business subcontracting plans. Learn more.


FAR Council Publishes Three Final Rules Aimed at Boosting Small Business Contracting

Three final rules were published recently amending the FAR to implement changes mandated by various National Defense Authorization Acts and to homogenize the FAR with regulatory changes made by the SBA). Learn more.

Additional Federal Register Notices on the FAR 


Small Business Government Contractors Need to Watch Out for Increasing Criminal and False Claims Act Liability in Small Business Government Contracting Programs

SBA preference programs can be vital for small businesses trying to compete in the potentially lucrative world of U.S. government contracting, but participation in these programs is not without risk.  Indeed, the programs can be fraught with peril and contain many landmines for those who do not understand and diligently comply with applicable small business program requirements. Learn more.


Comments Sought on Proposed Three-year Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Goals

As a condition of receiving federal money, MnDOT is required by the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration to establish an annual statewide goal for DBEs to perform on federally funded contracts over the next three years. The annual goal is a percentage of the federal contracting dollars that are targeted for certified DBE firms to perform based on the availability of ready, willing, and able firms in Minnesota. Learn more. 

SBA Federal Contracting Programs

Application Deadline: WBDC Innovation Program

Scale Higher: Building Innovation Into Your Business Model

Join a cohort of Women of Color business owners ready to learn and apply innovative tools and methodologies to drive customer growth, reduce operational risk and uncertainty, and ensure long-term sustainability.

Scale Higher: Building Innovation Into Your Business Model is a 10-week cohort-based curriculum designed for Women of Color business owners. The cohort will deliver culturally competent, immersive, learning experiences that demystify innovation tools and methodologies.

The deadline to apply is Sept. 3.  Learn more.

Foundations in Contracting

This series was developed for the small business vendor that is new to the
government marketplace. SBA and PTAC intend to walk you through the steps to build your foundation so that when you submit a proposal or bid, you are knowledgeable in all facets of the contracting process, and confident in your response.

  • Session 1, Tract A - Focus
    Sept. 2, 8 a.m.; Learn more
  • Session 2 - Targeting Your Market
    Sept. 2, 1 p.m.; Learn more

To sign up for these sessions, you must first meet with your assigned PTAC counselor to be recommended and complete the pre-class requirements.  Your PTAC Counselor will contact the instructor to get you registered.

Upcoming Training Opportunities

The training events listed below are being offered by SBA, SBA resource partners, and other organizations working to help you build your business by selling to the government. 

SBA’s participation or support is not an endorsement of any product, service, or entity.

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