SBA All Small Mentor Protege Program Rules ASMPP 13 CFR 124.520?

 To better understand what is a mentor under the SBA All Small Mentor Protege Program (ASMPP), it might be useful to understand the underlying reason for the program. The purpose of the SBA’s Mentor Protege Program is for the Mentor to enhance and improve the protégé’s capabilities. Under 13 CFR… Read more »

Contractor Teaming Agreement Best Practices

Applying contractor teaming agreement best practices can create a great tool to “get your foot in the door” in Federal government contracting.  As best practices for small business success in government contracting, they are vital when bidding for substantially large contracts, such as federal government agency projects.  However, federal contractors should… Read more »

Proposal Joint Venture Requirements & Federal Government Contracts

Small businesses considering submitting a joint venture  proposal for federal government contracts must be aware of certain legal landmines when bidding. The most important aspect of using a JV business relationship is to avoid affiliation while making sure that the joint venture agreement meets statutory requirements. Small businesses that are 8(a)… Read more »

SBA Joint Venture Advantages & Disadvantages ( Pros and Cons)

Understand how joint venture pros and cons can impact your federal contract. In government contracting, small businesses often execute generic joint venture agreement templates without clearly understanding the applicable rules and the liability attached.  Although there are many joint venture advantages and disadvantages, the real question is what impact (positive… Read more »

8a Set Aside Contracting Versus HUBZone Contracts Program

There is still great confusion between small businesses about 8a sole source and 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. When challenging the agency’s decision, contractors should beware of the… Read more »

Difference – Contractor Teaming Agreement vs Joint Venture

The subtle difference between using a contractor teaming agreement vs joint venture agreement is that a teaming contract essentially identifies the prime contractor and subcontractor relationship and discusses the roles of each to the government. In a joint venture arrangement, a third entity is looked at for evaluation purposes as… Read more »

SBA Size Appeal and Determinations of Common Management and Control

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 »

SBA Definition of Affiliation

Does Your Teaming Agreement Avoid the SBA Definition 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… Read more »