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On April 23-24, PTACs from Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development hosted a small business conference on the Sky Ute reservation in the beautiful Four Corners. I am proud to have supported this great event and had the opportunity to meet so many amazing small businesses from our region and to present on FAR 101, Wage Laws, F ...

On April 8, 2019, Rick Zelenka of Critical Path IP Law and I presented an engaging discussion on how companies should navigate the Intellectual Property web to protect critical IP when selling space data. We appreciate the opportunity to participate in the 35th Space Symposium Tech Track and thank the Space Foundation. A copy of our presentation is available here. ...

On March 28, 2019, NDIA-Rocky Mountain Chapter, Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Center, Colorado Government Contracting Forum, and The Smalls hosted a day with the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA)  and the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) to help small and medium sized businesses achieve success in DoD compliance standards. The event focused on understand ...

The budget process in Washington DC has a direct impact on contracts available to small businesses. Understanding the process and how money is authorized and appropriated can help small businesses identify potential areas for growth. Additionally, small businesses can work together to leverage changes in the procurement system. Read More. ...

The role of the contracting officer is unique to government contracts and an essential aspect of working with the Government because the contracting officer is the sole person with authority to award, modify, administer or terminate a contract.

The issue of contract authority arises most frequently during the performance of a contract when a government employee who is not a contracting officer directs a company to perform work that is not within the scope of the contract.

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Everyone knows the story of how the Grinch hated the Whos in Whoville with their singing, gifts, food, and good cheer. In fact, he went to great lengths to try to destroy it. In the end, the Grinch fully embraced everything about Whoville after he opened up to the new concept. Consider compliance to be the equivalent of Whoville. The vast majority of small businesses view compliance from the view of the Grinch in the beginning of the story. While there is a low probability you will actually learn to love compliance by the end of the class, the class will present helpful, practical tips on how to implement an effective compliance program.

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December 31st is fast approaching and so is the deadline for the Defense Department’s cybersecurity requirements for all government contractors and subcontractors.  For those who are not aware, in 2001, the federal government started the process for protecting classified information when stored or shared by electronic means. If contractors maintain a government IT system or si ...

The multiple award IDIQ contracts are too heavily weighted towards efficiencies at the expense of the small business community. Specifically, the use of the One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) multiple award, Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract provides a great example of the concern of the impact of these contract vehicles on the small ...

I can still remember sitting at the Army JAG School, one of the few blue uniforms in a sea of green, to be taught the magic of government contracting. Still jet-lagged after the flight from Tokyo to Virginia, I was pounding coffee as the professors started educating us on fundamentals. Weeks later, I emerged as a new acquisition professional. Flash forward to present day and I ...

Tuesday, June 6 – The Pikes Peak SBDC “2nd Annual State of Small Business” with the UCCS Economic Forum was an informative and fun-filled morning. The speakers (Kelly Manning, Tatiana Bailey, Aikta Marcoulier, Dennis Casey, Rosy McDonough, Mike Hardin, Sarah Humbargar) provided insights into the economics of small business at the national, state and local levels; the economic i ...

Dealing with the U.S. government doesn’t have to be frustrating.

Your company deserves a trusted partner that will focus on collaboration and finding mutually beneficial solutions to keep your company’s relationship with the government strong.