Small businesses seeking to take the company to another level should consider the various 8(a) certification benefits and advantages. With the right information about the government contracting process when agencies purchase your specific services or products, your company can often reach a level that the traditional commercial sector may not allow. What… Read more »

Oftentimes government contractors may want to file SBA size standards protest because they have reason to believe that the awardee does not meet the definition of a small business. However, given the short deadlines, companies have a difficult time explaining why the competitor is not a small business. This procedural requirement that… Read more »

There is still great confusion between small businesses about 8a set aside contracts versus HUBZone contracts set-aside requirements. 8a set asides are a powerful tool for agencies to achieve small business and small disadvantaged business contracting goals. An 8a set aside can be facilitated as a sole source or competitive acquisition. When… Read more »

The subtle difference between using a teaming agreement and a joint venture agreement is that a teaming agreement essential identifies the prime contractor and subcontractor and discusses the roles of each to the government. In a joint venture arrangement, a third entity is the actual offeror and not the individual… Read more »

Under SBA small business regulations, the ostensible subcontractor rule requires that when a subcontractor is actually performing the primary and vital contract requirements of the contract, or when the prime contractor is unusually reliant upon the subcontractor, the two firms are affiliated for purposes of the procurement at issue. The rule’s purpose… Read more »

In the recent case of SBA Size Appeal of Medical Comfort Systems, Inc., and B&B Medical Services, Inc., SBA No. SIZ-5640 (2015), OHA found that the Area Office correctly determined that past affiliation between firms had ended well before the date for determining size and that identity of interest analysis did not… Read more »

Information for Colorado Employers that Can Minimize Litigation National origin discrimination in the workplace, under Colorado discrimination laws, occurs when employers treat applicants or employees unfavorably because of factors such as ethnicity, national origin, accent, or even if the employer perceived them to be of a certain national original regardless of whether… Read more »

Does Your Teaming Agreement Avoid SBA Meaning of Affiliation? When small businesses become subject to the SBA affiliation definition, there is generally a government bid submitted where there are teaming agreements or joint venture agreement relationships.  Having improper relationships can cause companies to lose the contract and income for their respective… Read more »

Understanding the rules when submitting a joint venture proposal for government contracts can be very tricky. Although the FAR allows for this type of relationship, companies submitting a bid proposal must be very aware of the underlying affiliation rules that frequently apply.  When small businesses enter into a joint venture agreement, they… Read more »

Often times, small businesses enter into family relationships that can impact the SBA Size standards application. When competitors challenge a government contract award in an SBA small business size protest, the analysis will usually be conducted under an Identity of Interest and family relationship basis. Companies that do not understand these rules… Read more »