Workshops Presented by the Small Business Administration

In Partnership with the FSBDC and FPTAC

SBA Workshop: Women and Veterans Federal Contracting Program

This workshop provides an overview of the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) program, the Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) program, and the Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) Federal Contracting Program. We will discuss criteria to qualify, general small business eligibility requirements, and how to apply. All small businesses that are interested in submitting an offer on a federal solicitation that has been set aside under the WOSB, EDWOSB or SDVOSB Program must complete this certification prior to submitting their offers. SBA is participating in this event.

You will learn more details on the:

  • Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) and Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) Programs
  • Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) Program
  • General Small Business eligibility requirements
  • Where to register and costs, if any, associated with certification
  • In addition, you will learn where to find Federal Opportunities for your small business.

July 24 | 1 PM – 4 PM


SBA Workshop: SBA “All Small” Mentor-Protégé Program

On October 1, 2016, the Small Business Administration (SBA) started the recently expanded Mentor Protégé Program, which was previously only open to 8(a) socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses! Now ALL OTHER SMALL BUSINESSES can participate in the SBA’s Mentor Protégé Program and take full advantage of Joint Venturing and other Business Development Opportunities previously only available to 8(a) businesses. The new program also opens up opportunities to large business contractors to participate as Mentors. Importantly, under this initiative SBA-approved Mentors can provide assistance and resources to Protégés (and joint venture with them for set-aside procurements) WITHOUT any size or affiliation concerns. During this session, an SBA representative will explain – in plain language – how to take advantage of the NEW Small Business Mentor Protégé Program. The workshop will address how to create a Mentor Protégé Agreement that complies with the regulations, and attendees will learn all the information they need to prepare and apply for the Small Business Mentor Protégé Program. We will also provide information on Joint Venturing requirements which allow a Large Mentor and a Small Protégé to Joint Venture together on set-aside contracts.

You will learn the criteria for:

  • Who can participate as a Protégé and/or a Mentor
  • Program specifics: duration, business development assistance, etc.
  • Preparation of a business plan for your Mentor-Protégé proposal
  • How the SBA will evaluate your Mentor-Protégé plan
  • In addition, you will be invited to participate where in the Fall 2018 Mentor-Protégé Connect Event sponsored by UCF PTAC, and more…

August 22 | 1 PM – 4 PM


SBA Workshop: Federal Certifications Managed by SBA

Every year, the Federal government procures supplies and/or services to the tune of several hundred billion dollars. A whopping twenty-three (23) percent of those procurements are earmarked for smaller businesses. If you own a small business and have the potential to sell your product/service to the Federal government you ought to take the time to learn about these programs. At Federal level, our government is mandated to reserve a sizable percentage of all procurements dollars for small businesses; for certified socio-economically disadvantaged small businesses; for women-owned small businesses or; for business located in Historically Underutilized Business Zones. SBA manages all of these certifications. Certifying your business can definitely help you successfully compete for government contracts. As a certified entity, in addition to pursuing contracts, you may participate in executive level business training that helps to keep small businesses competitive. As part of our efforts to maintain program integrity, we ensure firms are compliant with program/federal regulations so they stay in good standing and can enjoy continued program participation.

You will learn the eligibility criteria for the:

  • 8 (a) Business Development Program
  • Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Program
  • Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program
  • New SBA Mentor Protégé program
  • In addition, you will learn where to find Federal Opportunities for your small business.

September 19 | 1 PM – 4 PM


SBA Workshop: How SBA Can Help Achieve Your Contracting Goals

When you think of the Small Business Administration (the SBA), you probably think of business loans. But there are also other things the SBA can do to help your business before and after you start—from training on effective day-to-day management and/or expansion of your business to obtaining very lucrative federal contracts.
Here are 5 specific ways the SBA helps you:

  • SBA offers business education and training, counseling and other assistance
  • SBA provides access to capital via different loan guarantee programs.
    • Microloans, regular guaranteed loans up to $5M, loans for veterans and spouses, loans for exporters, home-based businesses, etc
    • In addition, we can guarantee Surety Bonding up to $10M
    • Most SBA lenders available via online lender matching program
  • SBA can help you register, get trained and become a government contractor
    • Certification as 8(a), WOSB/EDWOSB, HUBZone open doors for federal contracts
    • Access to Mentor-Protégé programs that help you better position your company by building capacity, and providing size and affiliation exemptions for larger companies
    • Access to SBA Joint Ventures
    • Assistance from SBA Procurement and Commercial representatives
  • SBA works with FEMA to provide disaster assistance to all.
  • SBA advocates for the SBIR and/or STTR grants for research and development as well as other special federal initiatives, including the SBA National Ombudsman

Most SBA activities are available to all businesses, but loans and some programs are available only to small businesses. As part of our efforts to maintain program integrity, we ensure firms are compliant with program/federal regulations so they stay in good standing and can enjoy continued program participation.

October 11 | 1 PM – 4 PM


SBA Workshop: SBA Resources for Veterans

Attention to Orders! Many Americans mistakenly believe that Veterans Day is the day America sets aside to honor American military personnel who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained from combat. That’s not quite true. Memorial Day is the day set aside to honor America’s war dead. Veterans Day, on the other hand, honors ALL American veterans, both living and dead. In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank LIVING veterans for dedicated and loyal service to their country.

This workshop covers the programs and services the Small Business Administration (SBA) offers to veterans and their spouses to help start and grow a business. Although the SBA is usually associated with loans, this overview will run through the SBA Loan Programs as well as our other programs and services including Counseling, Export Assistance, Government Contracting, Surety Bonds, and Disaster Assistance. Some of these services are for all businesses, while others are specifically for veterans. Free to attend, however, registration is required. The presentation will be conducted by SBA and PTAC.

You will learn about:

  • SBA Programs and Services including those targeting veterans:
    • Veteran’s Business Outreach Center (VBOC)
    • Veteran Advantage loan guarantee
    • Boots2Business Program
    • VWISE
  • PTAC will address general questions related to CVE certification
  • Other Veteran Business Development Initiatives in local area

November 14  | 1 PM – 4 PM


SBA Workshop: Federal Certifications Managed by SBA

Every year, the Federal government procures supplies and/or services to the tune of several hundred billion dollars. A whopping twenty-three (23) percent of those procurements are earmarked for smaller businesses. If you own a small business and have the potential to sell your product/service to the Federal government you ought to take the time to learn about these programs. At Federal level, our government is mandated to reserve a sizable percentage of all procurements dollars for small businesses; for certified socio-economically disadvantaged small businesses; for women-owned small businesses or; for business located in Historically Underutilized Business Zones. SBA manages all of these certifications. Certifying your business can definitely help you successfully compete for government contracts. As a certified entity, in addition to pursuing contracts, you may participate in executive level business training that helps to keep small businesses competitive. As part of our efforts to maintain program integrity, we ensure firms are compliant with program/federal regulations so they stay in good standing and can enjoy continued program participation.

You will learn the eligibility criteria for the:

  • 8 (a) Business Development Program
  • Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Program
  • Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program
  • New SBA Mentor Protégé program
  • In addition, you will learn where to find Federal Opportunities for your small business.

December 12 | 1 PM – 4 PM