January 26, 2021 – SBA Government Contracting Legislative Updates: The federal government is one of the largest buyers of goods and services in the world. The mission of the U.S Small Business Administration’s Office of Government Contracting is to provide America’s small businesses the maximum opportunity to participate in the federal procurement marketplace. In 2020, we saw important legislative changes to the federal 8(a) Business Development Program as well as the SBA All Small Mentor Protégé Program. These legislative changes may have an impact on your company’s interest and eligibility in these programs. Join us for a webinar presented detailing important legislative changes to the 8(a) Business Development Program and the SBA All Small Mentor Protégé Program. In addition, attendees will receive a brief overview from the Ohio University Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) regarding free technical assistance available to all small businesses in the government contracting arena. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. January 26. A question and answer session will follow the training. To register, click here. A link to the webinar training will be provided 24 hours before the event.

February 12, 2021 – Webinar: Introduction to Selling to the Federal Government: Each year, our government spends billions of dollars in goods and services purchased from private firms. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) works to create an environment for maximum participation by small, disadvantaged, and woman-owned businesses in federal government contract awards and large prime subcontract awards. SBA administers several programs and services that assist small businesses in meeting the requirements to receive government contracts, either as prime contractors or subcontractors. These include the 8(a) Business Development Program, SAM, HUBZone Program, and SUB-Net. Find out how these programs can help your business. 10-11:30 a.m. February 12. For more information and to register, click here.

March 18, 2021 – Cyber Security Requirements – A CMMC Primer: This presentation by Damon Hacker of Vestige Digital Investigations, a CMMC Registered Provider Organization, introduces the DoD’s Cybersecurity CMMC (Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification). You will learn how to navigate the requirement and understand the DoD’s expectations. If you are one of the 221,000+ suppliers to the DoD – big or small, prime or subcontractor, if you handle Federal Contract Information (FCI) or Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI), you will need to become certified to bid on and receive contracts in 2021. Start forming a path forward to become certified and explore why the process could take six months or more. 10-11:30 a.m. March 18. For more information and to register, click here.