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Maria L. Panichelli is a Partner in the Firm’s Construction and Federal Contracting Groups.  As a member of the Federal Group, Maria represents a national client base of prime and sub-contractors, with a focus on federal construction contracting, and small business procurement issues.

Maria is active in a number of federal contracting- and/or construction-related professional associations. She works closely with several Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, providing educational content for a variety of government contractors. Maria is also a community partner at Govology, a legal content contributor to VetLikeMeTargetgov, and Onvia, and a faculty member at the Government Contracting Institute.

For the second year in a row, Maria Panichelli will be teaching courses on small business contracting at the National Veterans Small Business Engagement (NVSME) in Minneapolis, MN on November 2nd. The NVSBE directly connects Veteran Owned Small Businesses (VOSBs) with Procurement Decision Makers (PDMs) from the Department of Veterans Affairs, other federal agencies, state government, as well as large commercial firms with small business needs. NVBSE continues to prove as the most effective way to directly connect VOSBs with potential buyers in the federal and commercial marketplaces. For more information and to register, please click here.

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This is the second in a series of three articles brought to you by Maria L. Panichelli and Edward T. DeLisle for GovBizConnect, an online professional network for government contracting professionals. 

Originally published on the GovBizConnect website.

Welcome to the second installment of our three-part series, Key Considerations in Small Business Teaming: How to Form a Productive Partnership While Safeguarding your Interests and Protecting your Small Business Eligibility. You can read Part I here. Today, we will be focusing on how to avoid common pitfalls in teaming. But check out our previous installment on the differences of teaming and joint venturing, and stay tuned for our final installment, which will address how to draft an enforceable teaming agreement that will protect your interests as a small business. Continue Reading Key Considerations in Small Business Teaming: Part 2 – Avoiding the Common Pitfalls of Teaming

This is the first in a series of three articles brought to you by Maria L. Panichelli and Edward T. DeLisle for GovBizConnect, an online professional network for government contracting professionals. 

Originally published on the GovBizConnect website.

Welcome to the first installment of our three-part series, Key Considerations in Small Business Teaming: How to Form a Productive Partnership While Safeguarding your Interests and Protecting your Small Business Eligibility. Today, we will be focusing on the differences between teaming arrangements and joint ventures. Check back soon for our next two installments, which will address: (1) avoiding the common pitfalls of teaming; and (2) how to draft an enforceable teaming agreement that will protect your interests.

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GOVOLOGYWe are excited to bring you another webinar that we are hosting with Govology and presented by Maria Panichelli! We are happy to provide friends of Cohen Seglias a 25% discount off of this webinar when they register using the code protest25. This is a live webinar that includes on demand recordings that you will be able to access even if you cannot make the scheduled time. We think you will find this webinar to be not only informative but also a useful tool! Continue Reading Everything You Need to Know About Protests: Govology Webinar

Confused about terminations?

give me 5On August 17, 2016, join Maria Panichelli for her webinar, “Federal Contracting Fundamentals: Learn the Ins and Outs of Terminations,” for Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP). This webinar is a part of WIPP”s “Give me 5” program designed to provide education and access to women in federal contracts. To register for this webinar, please visit the WIPP website

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legal landscape special editionWelcome to a special edition of the Legal Landscape, a series we have developed with Onvia’s blog to provide government contractors with a quick, but thorough, summary of important legal developments and regulations in government contracting, as well as a plain-English explanation of how these developments may affect state & local contractors. In this special edition we’ll discuss significant changes recently rolled out by the Small Business Administration (SBA) regarding federal small business procurement regulations. Government contractors should keep in mind that state & local agencies often look toward changes in federal regulations as a guideline.

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The long-awaited Final Rule addressing changes to the SBA’s Mentor-Protégé program is being published in the Federal Register today. The Mentor-Protégé program that was limited to 8(a) Small Business Concerns has now been expanded and, effective August 24, 2016, will be available to Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses, HUBZones Small Businesses, and Women-Owned Small Businesses, as well as non-disadvantaged Small Business Concerns. The program is “designed to enhance the capabilities of protégé firms by requiring approved mentors to provide business development assistance to protégé firms and to improve the protégé firms’ ability to successfully compete for federal contracts.”

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Cohen Seglias and Govology Webinar

We are excited to bring you a webinar that we are hosting with Govology and presented by Maria Panichelli. We are happy to provide followers and friends of Cohen Seglias a 25% discount off of this webinar when they register using the code govology25. This is a live webinar that includes on demand recordings that you will be able to access even if you cannot make the scheduled time. We think you will find this webinar not only informative but also a useful tool!

Date: July 21, 2016Govology Webinar July 21, 2016

Time: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. EDT (10:00 a.m. PDT)

Duration: approx. 90 minutes

Registration: You can use this link to register and use the code: govology25 to receive a 25% discount on registration!

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Change Ahead SignEarlier this week, we blogged about a final rule issued on May 31 by the Small Business Administration (“SBA”), which made several major changes to the small business regulations. This new rule implements changes mandated by the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, (“NDAA”) and finalizes the proposed rule issued by the SBA back in December of 2014.

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The Small Business Administration (“SBA”) has had a very busy week. First, on May 24, 2016, the agency issued “Statement of General Policy No. 3” (“the Statement”) clarifying the hotly debated inter-affiliate sales exclusion (an issue relating to the counting of annual receipts for purposes of determining size). Then, yesterday, the agency published a lengthy final rule, which implements the long-awaited small business regulation changes mandated by the National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”) of 2013. Collectively, the Statement and the rule make a number of very important changes affecting Federal contractors. Some of the most important changes are: Continue Reading SBA Issues Important Changes and Clarification Concerning Small Business Regulations