Small Business Contracting

Effective May 25, 2018, the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) amended its regulations regarding a contractor’s size and/or socio-economic status following a novation, merger, or acquisition. Specifically, through a “technical correction,” the SBA revised its regulations to dictate that when a company becomes “other than small” or no longer has a certain socio-economic status (veteran-owned, woman-owned, HUBZone, etc.) as a result of a novation, merger, or acquisition, the business is no longer eligible to compete for set-aside task orders on multiple-award contracts held by the company. This change in eligibility is applicable even where the contracting officer does not specifically request a recertification.  Continue Reading Contractor Beware: SBA Expands Impact of Novation, Merger, or Acquisition on Size and Socio-Economic Status

Hand with megaphoneHello from Nashville, Tennessee! I’m currently at the National 8(a) Association’s Winter Conference and had the privilege of participating in a great panel discussion with some of the leading small business scholars and practitioners in the country. It was truly a great experience. Since I’m here and it’s fresh on my mind, I thought I’d share something that all SDVOSBs should know: Your world is about to change.

Continue Reading National 8(a) Winter Conference – Changes Coming for SDVOSBs

Cohen Seglias Co-Chair of the Federal Contracting Group, Edward DeLisle, testified at a Small Business Committee hearing titled, “All Work and No Pay: Change Orders Delayed for Small Construction Contractors.” The hearing examined the effects of change orders on small business contractors and potential solutions to alleviate the financial burden on small businesses caused by agency delay in approval and payment of change orders.

Continue Reading All Work and No Pay: Ed DeLisle Testifies Before Congressional Small Business Committee

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Women in Defense, Georgia Chapter presents Cohen Seglias attorneys Maria Panichelli and Amy Kirby in a 3-part educational webinar series for WOSBs, SDVOSBs, and other small businesses.

February 22, 2017 – The Perks, Procedure, & Common Pitfalls of Federal Small Business Program Eligibility & Certification: Recording Available

March 22, 2017 – Teaming Arrangements, Joint Ventures, and Mentor-Protégé Relationships

April 19, 2017 – Protests and Size/Eligibility Investigations

Continue Reading Doing Business with the Federal Government: A 3-Part Educational Webinar Series

This is the third and final installment in a series of 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 third and final 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 crucial concepts to keep in mind when drafting your teaming agreement. But check out our previous installments on: (1) the differences of teaming and joint venturing; and (2) avoiding common pitfalls in teaming. Stay tuned for our upcoming piece on the new “All Small” Mentor Protégé Program.
Continue Reading Key Considerations in Small Business Teaming: Part 3 – The “3 Es” of Teaming Agreements

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.

Continue Reading Key Considerations in Small Business Teaming: Part 1 – Teaming vs. Joint Venturing

Associated General Contractors of America & Cohen Seglias Webinar

AGC_Logo_0On October 6th, join Partner Ed DeLisle for the Associated General Contractors of America webinar, “What all Federal Contractors—Big and Small—Need to Know about the New SBA Mentor-Protégé Program & Other Small Business Changes.” For more information, and to register for this event, please visit the AGC of America website.

Continue Reading What all Federal Contractors Need to Know about the New SBA Mentor-Protégé Program & Other Small Business Changes

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.

Continue Reading Legal Landscape Special Edition: SBA Rolls Out Major Small Business Changes

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.”

Continue Reading New Small Business Mentor-Protégé Program Announced By The SBA