September 22, 2021 - Small Business

SBA Issues Final Rule on Appeals Process for PPP Loan Review Decisions

The Small Business Administration (SBA) issued a final rule on Borrower Appeals of Final SBA Loan Review Decisions Under the Paycheck Protection Program on Thursday, September 16, 2021, that updates its interim final rule from August 27, 2020, and clarifies open issues. As we …›

September 2, 2021 - Small Business

GAO Rules on Solicitation Requirements for Small Business Joint Venture Facility Security Clearances

In an important new decision, InfoPoint LLC, B-419856, Aug. 27, 2021, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has sustained a protest against a Department of Defense (DOD) agency that insisted that small business joint venture offerors themselves were required satisfy a solicitation’s Facility Security Clearance …›

April 22, 2021 - Small Business

Levels of Accountability: What Federal Contractors Should Know About Small Business Subcontracting Plans and Compliance Reviews

Every year, the U.S. federal government establishes goals for the awards of prime contracts and subcontracts to small business concerns. While agencies are responsible for achieving these goals by awarding prime contracts to small businesses, contractors that are “other than small” are obliged to …›

April 1, 2021 - Coronavirus, Small Business

All Is Not Forgiven: PPP Forgiveness and Credits

On March 23, 2021, The House Small Business, Subcommittee on Contracting and Infrastructure held a remote hearing titled: “The Interaction Between the Paycheck Protection Program and Federal Acquisition Regulations: What It Means for Government Contractors.” The hearing focused specifically on the …›

February 3, 2021 - Small Business

8(a): The Small Business Administration’s Program for Socially & Economically Disadvantaged Businesses (Guide 3 of 4)

SBA’s 8(A) BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM What is the 8(a) program and what is it intended to do? The 8(a) program, officially designated the 8(a) Business Development program, is designed to assist small minority-owned businesses compete in the wider American economy. See 13 C.F.R. Part 124 Do I …›

Small Business Administration (SBA) Programs (Guide 2 of 4)

Many government programs exist to help small businesses—especially minority-owned small businesses—secure a foothold in government contracting. Read on to learn more about some common programs, the basic eligibility requirements, and how to register for them. These programs are quite complicated and you …›

February 3, 2021 - Small Business

Access to Capital-Funding Opportunities for Minority-Owned Businesses in Government Procurement (Guide 4 of 4)

Capital is the lifeblood of small businesses and fundamental to their formation and growth. However, obtaining capital can be difficult for minority-owned business enterprises (MBEs), as a lack of access to capital is one of the primary barriers for MBEs hoping to enter the …›

February 1, 2021 - Small Business

Roadblocks Inherent to the Public Procurement Process for Minority-Owned Businesses (Guide 1 of 4)

In the next four posts, we will share guides specific to federal contracting as a minority-owned small business. Minority-owned businesses often face unique challenges in the public procurement process due to systemic barriers embedded in the process. These barriers affect minority-owned business at all stages …›

January 19, 2021 - Small Business

The Economic Aid Act and a Second Round of PPP Loans

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, which became law on December 27, 2020, includes a second round of stimulus funding in the form of the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act(the “Economic Aid Act”). Among many other measures, the Economic …›