Training & Events
UPCOMING PROCUREMENT WEBINARS - UPDATED REGULARLY:
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The following series of webinars are hosted in partnership with MN PTAC, North Dakota and South Dakota PTACs, and SBA District Offices. Webinars typically take place the first Tuesday of every month from 9-10 a.m. Central Time.
May 5th - SBA Federal Certifications
Lisa Claasan, SBA & Kareen Dougherty
SD PTAC Some small business groups require formal certifications in order to receive the benefits of their specific small business program for purpose of federal procurement. Some groups merely self-represent their business status when completing the solicitation representations and certification clauses. Learn about federal certifications you may be eligible for. SBA will cover the 8(a) Business Development Program; Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB); Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB) and Economically Disadvantaged Woman Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) and the HUBZone certifications. You will learn about the certifications and how PTAC can help you with your application.
June 2 – Commercial Item Contracting: A Simpler Way To Do Business With The Government
Mark Blando, Eckland and Blando
9 – 10 a.m. Central Time
Over twenty years ago, the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act (FASA) was passed, ushering in what promised to be an easier way to do business with the federal government. A core focus of FASA was the commercial item regime, which encouraged agencies to obtain commercial products to meet their needs whenever possible. This session will look back at the much-ridiculed specification-driven regime and the resulting call for reform that led to the passage of FASA. Then, learn about the current regulations governing the acquisition of commercial items, including the multi-part definition of “commercial item,” and gain a clear delineation of which contract clauses are applicable and inapplicable to “commercial items” and “commercially available off-the-shelf items.” Explore other key aspects of commercial item contracting, including the solicitation process, use of past performance information, subcontracting issues, and the progress that has been made over the twenty years since FASA.
July 7 – GSA Schedules: Are they Right for You and Your Business?
Michelle Leshe, GSA Office of Small Business Utilization – Region 8
9 – 10 a.m. Central Time
In this webinar participants will be equipped with the tools to determine if submitting a proposal for a GSA Federal Supply Schedule is a step their company should take. An overview of the schedules and process will be provided.
As one of our clients, you have the opportunity to access and attend several additional webinars available through Govology. Review the list of dates, times, and topics, read the event flyer for more details and then contact us to get the access code and get registered today!
- Coaching Your Government Proposal Team - April 2 @ 12pm CDT
- Set Up Your Proposal Process for Success - April 9 @ 12pm CDT
- Who Buys What You Sell - A Step by Step Process - April 23 @ 12pm CDT
- Prospecting for Government Market Opportunities - April 30 @ 12pm CDT
MINOT AIR FORCE BASE PITCH DAY
Pitch Days are designed to acquire innovative commercial items, technologies, and services. Local and regional small business vendors submit solutions to Government issues which are reviewed by Government subject-matter experts. The intent is to obtain “innovative” solutions or potential new capabilities that fulfill requirements, close capability gaps, or provide potential technology advancements. Solutions may include existing technologies or procedures that are not currently in use at Minot Air Force Base that would enhance or streamline mission capabilities. At Pitch Day, if there’s a viable solution that’s feasible to fund we can award the same day. See details about this upcoming event - slated for late May with initial submissions due mid-April. Get involved today!
8(a) VIRTUAL EVENTS
Plan to attend SBA 8(a) live webcasts to help you grow your business. Access SBA's training through an innovative new platform with industry experts you know and follow. Learn more and get signed up today!
SBA 7(j) TRAINING
Take advantage of this free interactive web-based training opportunity. From your computer, you’ll link to an instructor in a live, real-time, interactive learning experience. You’ll become part of a virtual classroom where you can ask questions, seek guidance and participate in class discussions and interactive exercises.
Seats are limited and self-certification of 7(j) eligibility is required. See flyer for registration details and schedule.
FARGO MOORHEAD ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS INDUSTRY DAY
Plan to attend this even on Thursday, June 18 from 8:30am - 3:00 pm at the Concordia College Barry Auditorium. Learn more about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - St. Paul District and the FM Diversion Project. You'll also have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with prime contractors and attend workshops. Register today. - This event has been postponed. We'll update with a date once it has bee rescheduled.
8TH ANNUAL NORTH DAKOTA PROCUREMENT FAIR - postponed
In light of the spread of COVID-19 and with the health and safety of our attendees and exhibitors as our main focus, we are postponing the event which was originally planned for March 25, 2020 at the Capitol Building in Bismarck. Once a new date is finalized we will notify you.
CYBERSECURITY TRAINING VIDEO
This video provides a step-by-step guide on how government contractors can achieve compliance with the cybersecurity requirements established by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), specifically Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) clause 252.204-7012, entitled “Safeguarding Covered Defense Information and Cyber Incident Reporting.”
To directly register for ND PTAC sponsored events visit our calendar.