Events/Workshops

  
  
    

Government Contracting

Tuesday, December 06, 2016 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
This workshop is designed to introduce your business to the various federal government contracting programs, assist you in understanding the federal government procurement methods and buying procedures, give you step-by-step guidance in setting up a search agent to identify contract opportunities, help you determine how your business can participate in these programs, assist you in and support your business' efforts to participate in these programs. Topics to be covered include: - How the Government Buys - Identifying Contracting Opportunities - Traditional Procurement Programs - Is Becoming a Government Contractor Right for You - Getting Started, Required Registrations, Beneficial Certifications - Marketing Tips - The Importance of Networking - Additional Training and Counseling Programs
Speaker: JoAnn Lawrence, Deputy District Officer, SBA
Tuesday, December 06, 2016 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
This workshop will focus on registering for the System for Award Management (SAM) a primary database for vendors doing business with the federal government. This registration is sometimes referred to as "self-certifying" your small business. Federal Acquisitions Regulations (FAR) require all prospective vendors to be registered in SAM prior to the award of a contract, basic agreement, basic ordering agreement, or blanket purchase agreement. SAM is also a marketing tool for businesses. SAM allows Government agencies and contractors to search for your company based on your ability, size, location, experience, ownership and more. Participants can work from computers provided. IMPORTANT: BECAUSE YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO VERIFY YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS, YOU MUST BE ABLE TO ACCESS YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT. To complete the SAM Registration, you will need: 1. Your company D&B (Dun and Bradstreet) DUNS number. If you do not have a DUNS Number, you can request your DUNS number online at http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform. Once on the D&B website, click the link: Click here to request your D-U-N-S Number via the Web OR You can click the link in the menu box to the left of the page for “Begin D-U-N-S Search/Request Process”. If a DUNS number does not exist for your business location, it can be created within one (1) business day. If you prefer, you can call D&B at (800) 333-0505 or (866) 705-5711 to request your DUNS Number. NOTE: You do not have to pay to request/receive a DUNS number from D&B. If you are offered additional services for a fee, you should advise D&B that at this time you are an entity interested in doing business with the US Federal Government and you are interested in obtaining your DUNS number to complete your SAM registration. 2. Your company Tax Identification Number (TIN)/Employer Identification Number (EIN). If you do not have your EIN you can apply online at www.irs.gov and click “Apply for an EIN Online”. This is a free service offered by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). If you have questions regarding your EIN, please call IRS at 800-829-1040. 3. Your company Commercial and Government Entity Code (CAGE Code). The CAGE Code is a five-character ID number used extensively within the federal government, assigned by the Department of Defense’s Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). The CAGE code is used to support a variety of mechanized systems throughout the government and provides a standardized method of identifying a given facility at a specific location. The code may be used for a facility clearance or a pre-award survey. If you do not have a CAGE code, one will be automatically assigned to you as a part of your entity's registration in SAM. 4. Your banking information. All payments made by the Federal Government are now made by way of Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). a. ABA Routing Number for your bank b. Account Number and Type, or Lockbox Number c. Automated Clearing House (ACH) point of contact d. Remittance point of contact e. Accounts Receivable point of contact It is important that you verify these numbers with your financial institution before registration in SAM. 5. Statistical Information about your business You will be required to provide: a. The receipts of your firm (Average Annual Receipts for the past three years, including all affiliates). b. The number of employees of your firm (Average Number of Employees including all affiliates: The average number of persons employed for each pay period over the firm's latest 12 months, including persons employed by the parent organization, all branches, and all affiliates) II. http://dsbs.sba.gov/dsbs/search/dsp_dsbs.cfm SBA’s Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS) – SBA Profile At the end of your SAM registration there will be an opportunity to “Register or Update your SBA Profile.” This is a separate database than the SAM database and a place where all Small Business firms want to be sure and get registered. SBA’s DSBS is a site that most all Federal Contracting Activities as well Large Business Prime Contractors use for market research when looking for a particular small business firm or sector of small business firms when making decisions on whether or not to use small business set asides. Be sure to complete this section in full detail to include the “Capabilities Narrative.”
Speaker: JoAnn Lawrence, Deputy District Officer, SBA

Start-up Assistance

Thursday, December 15, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
This workshop is highly recommended for all individuals interested in determining the feasibility of their business idea, planning to start or have recently started a small business, seeking a small business loan, or wanting to learn more about business planning. Topics of discussion will include writing a business plan, sources of funds for start-up and expansion, small business resources, and required licenses. This workshop is FREE but pre-registration is requested. Click on the link below to pre-register for this workshop online. Please arrive 10 minutes ahead of time scheduled. The workshop begins promptly at 11:30 am.
Call Toll Free: 1- (866)-782-4159

The Louisiana Small Business Development Center Network, hosted by the University of Louisiana at Monroe, is an accredited member of the National Association
of Small Business Development Centers and funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration,
Louisiana Economic Development and participating universities. All SBA programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.
All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.
Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities and/or limited English proficiency will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.
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