TargetGov Newsletter- Volume 7, Issue 4

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Clarifying Legal Requirements

The federal government has incorporated very specific legal requirements into every aspect of contracting from the initial budget process through the preliminary acquisition method development, methods of payments, contractor eligibility, prime and subcontracting issues, small business programs and subcontracting issues, communication during the life cycle of a contract, contractor debarment, protests, debriefings, and ownership.

Course Highlights:
  • Statutory framework, acquisition methods and types of government contracts
  • FAR, DFARS and agency supplements - breaking down the standard contract terms and conditions in government prime and subcontracts. 
  • The treatment of costs/pricing in government contracts
  • Government contracts compliance - unique business practices and ethical responsibilities of government contractors
  • Teaming Arrangements, subcontracting and small business contracting programs - what contractors need to know
  • Government contract disputes processes - from bid protests to debarment
Schedule
Date: March 5, 2014
Time: 8:30am - 4:00pm
Cost: $695 - register before 2/28 to receive the early bird rate of $445

Location: bwtech@UMBC Research and Technology Park, Baltimore, MD -- just minutes from BWI airport.
 
Click here for more information and to register.
 
 
Speaking Engagements

2014 Idaho Business Opportunity Conference
February 27
Coeur d'Alene, ID

Small Business Opportunities and Resources Forum
March 7
Johnstown, PA


Opportunities 2014
March 10
Asheville, NC

BWCC Contracting Information Series: Women in Government Contracting Update
March 25
Baltimore, MD


NCMA Subcontract Management Training Forum
March 27-28
San Diego, CA

WCOE Women Build America National Conference
Washington, DC
March 30- April 1


GovConNet Procurement Conference
Rockville, MD
May 16

TargetGov Live Webinars 


Join us for an online, educational webinar. In just 60 minutes, we’ll provide you with the specialized training you need to handle government contracting challenges — all from the convenience of your office. To view all upcoming webinars click here.

Debunking the Myths of Government Contracting 
The U.S. Federal government spends over $500 billion dollars every year buying services and products of every type from small and large businesses located throughout the U.S. This is a very lucrative market for the thousands of successful businesses selling to the government and military, but the market is misunderstood and misleading myths abound. This webinar will address the most critical myths, clarify realities and identify legitimate strategies and tactics that guarantee success in this competitive market.

Presented by: Gloria Larkin
Date: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm ET, 10:00 â€“ 11:00 am PT
Cost: $129

Register Here

Crafting a Powerful Capability Statement
Both the government and private sector markets use a very unique business development tool called a Capability Statement. Attend this session to understand the three types of Capabilities Statements and learn how to create a powerful door opener Capability Statement document, your most important business development tool. Often very few contractors know how to create an effective document and acquisition personnel are subsequently buried by generic capability statements, making it very difficult to quickly evaluate and select those that fit specific needs. Learn how to stand out by crafting a compelling Capability Statement that will capture the interest of contracting personnel, teaming partners and prime contractors.

Presented by: Gloria Larkin
Date: Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm ET, 10:00 â€“ 11:00 am PT
Cost: $129

Register Here
10 Ways Women Can Dare to Grow Their Business Big
 

By: Geri Stengel
Published by: Forbes


"While the number of women-owned firms is increasing faster than the national average, we see time and time again that women remain less likely to grow their firms to scale. Just 2% of women-owned firms have passed the million-dollar revenue threshold, compared to 6% of men-owned firms – and this gender gap is seen in every industry,” said Julie Weeks, President of Womenable, a consultancy focused on enabling women’s entrepreneurship.

Many women struggle with issues related to confidence that  impede their ability to scale their businesses past that million-dollar ceiling. Becky Blalock shares her own experience of rising to the very top of the male-dominated information technology industry and the experiences of others who also broke through in her book, DARE: Straight Talk on Confidence, Courage, and Career for Women in Charge.

Like other skills, confidence can be learned. Based on Blalock’s book, here are 10 skills that women entrepreneurs need in order to dare to grow their businesses big.

1.) Seek mentors and sponsors, mentor and sponsor others
Women entrepreneurs can shorten the path to success by learning from the success and failures of others. Finding entrepreneurs who will share advice is critical. Equally important is sharing the lessons you’ve learned with others.

Go beyond mentorship, find and be a  sponsor.  A sponsor is a person who uses his or her clout to open doors for you. For entrepreneurs, these doors include referrals to funders, clients, suppliers, employees and media visibility.

 

Read the other 9 tips here...

The Future of Women In Tech [Commentary]
 


Published By: The Baltimore Sun

Thirty years ago, U.S. colleges and universities awarded 37 percent of computer science bachelor's degrees to women. Today, when that number should be approaching 50 percent, it has actually been cut in half. Women in the United States now receive just 18 percent of computer science bachelor's degrees, and less than a quarter of professionals in computing are women.

It's true that women in technology are increasingly well known. Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, and Marissa Mayer, president and CEO of Yahoo, are household names. Among Marylanders, Stephanie C. Hill, president of Lockheed Martin's Information Systems and Global Solutions-Civil product line, stands out as a rising tech star. Ms. Hill, a UMBC graduate who leads 10,000 employees in areas ranging from cybersecurity to space exploration, was recently selected as the 2014 Black Engineer of the Year at an industry conference in Washington.

Despite these women's accomplishments, their visibility still pales in comparison to the likes of Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerburg and Steve Jobs. We must change that, and doing so starts with changing perceptions of who belongs in tech fields.

One of UMBC's top computer science students, Blossom Metevier, didn't take a single computer science course in high school, assuming the field was for "gamers and geeks." In college, she learned that computer science is foremost about problem solving, and that it was perfect for her.


 

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Are You Required to Have Federal Past Performance?

By: Ben Souder
Published by:
TargetGov

 

When helping clients with their Capability Statements, a common question we hear at TargetGov is, “do I have to have Past Performance with the Federal Government?” This is an excellent and pertinent question, because the Past Performance section of your Capability Statement showcases your proof that you can do the work you say you can do. Because of this it is one of the key components in alleviating risk.

It is better to have Past Performance with the agency you’re trying to work with, or with the Federal Government in general because then they know that you’re familiar with their system and way of doing things. But what do you do if you don’t have any past experience with them? Keep the purpose of the Past Performance section in mind, as it will help you understand what to do.

 

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Have you purchased a book, Capability Statement template, webinar or other product from TargetGov? Post a review on that product's page, email us at info@targetgov.com and we'll send you a coupon to save 25% off any TargetGov webinar.

UMBC Training Centers Awarded Contract from The National 
Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

 
UMBC Training Centers announced a contract award from National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). The contract has an estimated anticipated value of $3,667,373, including base and option years.

UMBC Training Centers will deliver a program of study consisting of ten geospatial analysis training courses. These courses will be structured around themes of critical thinking, spatial thinking and methodologies, and include topics such as spatial statistics, regional studies, and human geography. Utilizing Rapid Applied Learning (RAL™) – a UMBC Training Centers exclusive – this training program consists of leading instructional design approaches and emerging instructional technologies to deliver interactive and engaging content.

“We have served numerous organizations and individuals with top tier professional education and training” said Kent Malwitz, President, UMBC Training Centers. “We are pleased to deliver this customized training program to NGA to help them fulfill their important mission of providing timely, relevant, and accurate geospatial intelligence in support of national security.”

About UMBC Training: UMBC Training Centers, is the premier provider of technical, engineering and professional skills training in the mid-Atlantic region, extending the instructional excellence of UMBC to individuals, businesses, non-profit organizations and government agencies.

 
For more information about this award and UMBC Training Programs click here.
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