News and Events
OSBDC / SBA VISITS NORTH DAKOTA!!
We are so fortunate to have Lisa Younger, SBA Program Manager, here visiting our great state, and taking the time to visit many of our ND SBDC offices. Lisa will also be attending our 3rd Annual Stakeholder's Summit meeting this week in Bismarck! On Monday, Lisa had a chance to visit the SBA ND District Office and staff in Fargo (pictured below L-R: Deb Kantrud, LRS; Sheri Weston, PAS; David Martin, ND SBDC State Director; Sherri Komrosky, BOS; Lisa Younger; Alan Haut, DDD).
GRAND FORKS AFB & MINOT AFB - INDUSTRY DAY
Thursday, May 25 – 9:30am-3:00pm, Spirit Lake Casino & Resort - Walking Eagle Room (7889 Hwy 57 St. Michael, ND)
Learn how to become a small business supplier for the Grand Forks and Minot Air Force Bases! Attend any of the briefings or the last two hours to meet with squadron representatives. See the agenda of offerings here .
Free but registration is required. https://2017afindustryday.eventbrite.com
ND PTAC at APTAC!
Do you recognize that guy on the right?
That's our very own Dave Kleppe, PTAC Counselor! Dave just returned from the national APTAC conference in San Diego (lucky duck).
5th ANNUAL IMPACT PTAC GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT FAIR
Are you interested in starting a business, growing your business, or selling your goods and services to government agencies and prime contractors? Contracting with the government can be a great opportunity for expansion and diversification. Come explore the opportunity to expand your business, increase your sales, level out seasonal fluctuations and diversify your market.
Registration required, please see the flyer for more information and the registration link!
June 15 – 12:00-4:30pm – Brynhild Haugland Room at the Capitol Building, Bismarck, ND
- Check back for an updated schedule of webinars for May!
Monthly Webinar Log-in Instructions
The following series of webinars are hosted in partnership with MN PTAC, North Dakota and South Dakota PTACs. Webinars typically take place the first Tuesday of every month from 9-10 a.m. Central Time.
1. Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone:
2. Use your microphone and speakers (VOIP) for audio. You'll sound best with a headset. You can also call in using your telephone.
United States (Long distance): +1 (571) 317-3112
Access Code: 959-960-501
Audio PIN: Shown after joining the session
June 6 – FedBid
FedBid, Jake Jedlicka
FedBid is an online full-service reverse auction platform connecting Sellers to solicitations from federal, state and local government, commercial organizations and educational institutions. Through the marketplace, you are able to compete on everything from simple goods and services to complex multi-award contracts all in one place. This webinar will provide a brief introduction to FedBid and how sellers can utilize the marketplace, a live demonstration of finding Buys and placing bids on solicitations, and a question & answer period.
July 11 – All Small Mentor Protégé Program
JoAnn Braxton, Small Business Administration
The Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 and the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 provided authority for the Small Business Administration to establish mentor-protégé programs for all small businesses. The purpose of the new program is to develop strong protégé firms through mentor-provided business development assistance, and to help protégés successfully compete for government contracts.
August 1 – FPDS Market Research – The inside market on your competition!
Tanner Olson – Impact PTAC (Procurement Technical Assistance Center)
The Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS) is a complex system. It may look like a simple site, but FPDS can be difficult to navigate and challenging to mine for contracting information. This webinar will show you how to navigate the site and find important information used in contract research. This is an excellent site to find what contracts your competition are being awarded and what your local agencies are buying
SBA also contracts with Stover & Associates to offer weekly government contracting training webinars. Below is a list of a few of the upcoming seminars available to SBA 7(j).
7(j) eligibility includes firms that are owned by one of the following:
- Participants in the 8(a) Business Development Program
- Small businesses that are owned and controlled by economically and socially disadvantaged individuals;
- Small businesses located in areas of high unemployment or low-income; and,
- Small business owned by low-income individuals.
How it works
Just like a class you’d attend in person, courses are taught by a live instructor on a scheduled day and time. The Web-enabled Instructor-Led training experience has much in common with the classroom equivalent. Students:
- Receive course materials in advance
- Participate in real time using a broadband connection
- Interact directly with the instructor and their peers
From your computer, you’ll link to an instructor in a live, real-time, interactive learning experience. You’ll become part of a virtual classroom where you can ask questions, seek guidance and participate in class discussions and interactive exercises.
You must pre-register for these sessions: http://sbaworkshops.stoverteam.com There is no cost for 7(j) eligible businesses. For Workshop information email Phyllis Embree or Chris Strudthoff, or call 770.423.9888.
- Check back for an updated schedule of webinars for May!
NORTH DAKOTA VETERANS ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM (VEP)
The North Dakota Veterans Entrepreneurship Program (VEP) offers cutting edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to soldiers, sailors, airmen, members of the coast guard, and marines disabled as a result of their service. The intent of the VEP is to open the door to entrepreneurial opportunity and small business ownership to veterans by developing their competencies in the many steps and activities associated with creating and sustaining an entrepreneurial venture and helping them find appropriate programs and services.
Comparable to a military boot camp, this program is intense, rigorous, and challenging. Building upon key elements of UND School of Entrepreneurship’s comprehensive entrepreneurship curriculum, the program consists of a series of training modules designed to assist veterans in creating and growing businesses that can be profitable. A team of experienced faculty and successful entrepreneurs will provide a fun, interactive, and informative experience. They will introduce entrepreneurship ideas and concepts, and show how to apply them to a current or potential business. The VEP program is offered entirely free to qualified veterans accepted into the program. There is no charge for transportation to Grand Forks, the online and live courses, instruction, books, materials, food, and outings.
Please visit the VEP website for more information.