The SBTDC’s State of Small Business Blog

  • Government Contracting: To be or not to be? Jun 5, 2018 By Pam Racer, PTAC counselor at Western Carolina University The U.S. federal marketplace remains a great market opportunity for small businesses. The federal government typically spends approximately $500 billion in contracts every year; and, 23 percent of these dollars are mandated to be awarded to small businesses. One of the biggest challenges that a small businesses faces ... Read more »
  • Veteran-Owned Eligibility Requirements Jun 5, 2018 By Pam Racer, PTAC counselor at Western Carolina University Veteran-Owned Business eligibility requirements are changing. Growing inconsistencies between the processes used by the Small Business Administration (SBA) and Veteran’s Affairs (VA) Veteran Owned Small Business Programs, initiated a push to overhaul the regulations for eligibility of veteran-owned small business (VOSB) and service-disabled veteran owned small ... Read more »
  • Micro-Purchases: Changes are coming! Apr 26, 2018 By Rebecca Barbour, PTAC counselor at North Carolina State University Micro purchases represent the smallest federal purchase, but account of over $8 billion in annual federal spending. Defined in FAR Subpart 13.2, micro purchases do not require full provisions and clauses, may be awarded without competitive solicitations, and are typically made using government purchase cards (P-Cards). ... Read more »
  • Federal vendor database – WWW.SAM.GOV – hacked Mar 30, 2018 By Mark G. Mills, PTAC Program Director at North Carolina State University The General Services Administration (GSA) has announced that fraudulent activity has allegedly taken place within the System for Award Management (SAM). SAM is the federal government’s vendor database. It also contains links to several other contract-related functions. Existing SAM registrants are ... Read more »
  • PTAC Client Success Story: Williamson & Moore Inc. Mar 30, 2018 By George Griffin, PTAC counselor at NC A&T Williamson & Moore Inc. is a Service-Disabled Veteran- Owned Small Business established in 2016. Angela Williamson, owner, is a retired Service-Disabled Veteran having served 28 years, and 9 months in the U.S. Coast Guard. Williamson & Moore Inc. is a service provider currently in the janitorial field. ... Read more »
  • GSA – Federal Agencies “Purchaser” and “Landlord” Feb 7, 2018 By Richard Speights, PTAC Counselor at UNC-Charlotte GSA (General Services Administration) provides centralized procurement for the federal government, offering billions of dollars’ worth of products, services, and facilities that federal agencies need to accomplish their mission of public service. GSA’s acquisition solutions supply federal agencies with cost-effective high-quality products and services from commercial vendors. GSA ... Read more »

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