The Series is intended as an entry-level look at the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and its Supplements (DFARS, HHSAR, etc.), as well as the Small Business Administration (SBA) regulations for small business federal contractors.
U.S. Government policy is to work with small businesses whenever possible. There are special programs designed to help small businesses compete for federal contract and subcontracts and allow those businesses grow. There are also policies and regulations to ensure that small businesses are truly performing the work and growing their businesses in a sustainable way. The programs, policies, and regulations can be especially confusing for small businesses that have limited exposure to the federal acquisition system. The Series will cover five key topic areas: introduction, contracting basics, set-aside programs, contractor relationships, and graduation. Attendees may ask real time questions throughout the Series.
The U.S. Government has also established specialized programs for set-aside programs: 8(a), HUBZone, WOSB, EDWOSB, VOSB, and SDVOSB. This session will identify the eligibility requirements for each. The session will also discuss the U.S. Government small business goals, and how those can influence award set-aside decisions.