Workshops Presented by the Small Business Administration

In Partnership with the FSBDC and FPTAC

SBA Workshop: How to Build Capacity using the 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 2019 Mentor-Protégé Connect Event sponsored by UCF PTAC, and more…

October 9 | 1 PM – 4 PM

SBA Workshop: Resources for Veterans

Attention Veterans! 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 13 | 1 PM – 4 PM

SBA Workshop: Federal Certifications Managed by the 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 11 | 1 PM – 4 PM