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WILLISTON BND UPDATE
Thank you to Williston SBDC, Bank of North Dakota, and Williston Economic Development for sharing some pics of the presentation given by BND about new programs and upcoming efforts! ND SBDC looks forward to continuing to work with all our partners in helping North Dakotans to start, manage and grow their small businesses!
OSBDC / SBA VISITS NORTH DAKOTA!!
We were 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 her first day here, 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).
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
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.
September 5 – How to prepare for a debriefing
Michael J. Murphy – Principal at MORRISON SUND PLLC
What is a Debriefing under the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR)?
How do I use a Debriefing?
When is a Debriefing authorized and appropriate under the FAR?
Who may use a Debriefing?
Why use a Debriefing, from the perspective of both the offeror and the agency?
SBA also contracts with Stover & Associates to offer 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. Seats are limited, please see the flyer for more info !
- Managing and Administrating Government Contracts: August 1, 5-8 pm EDT
- Government Contract Negotiations: August 2 1-5pm EDT
- How to Qualify for the GSA Schedule: August 3, 1-2:30pm EDT
- Introduction to Construction Project Management: August 7, 1-4pm EDT
- Special Topics for Construction August 8, 1-3pm EDT
- Understanding RFPs: August 9, 1-3:30pm EDT
- Federal Contracting Basics: August 10, 5-8pm EDT
- Developing Technical and Past Performance Responses to RFPs: August 14, 1-4pm EDT
- Developing Pricing and the Cost Proposal: August 15, 1-4pm EDT
- Construction Contracting (Last for FY 2017): August 16, 1-4pm EDT
- Government Contracting Vehicles: August 16, 5-7pm EDT
- Audits and Accounting Systems: August 17, 1-4:30pm EDT
- Strategic Planning for Small Business: August 21, 1-2pm EDT
- Marketing to the Government Buyer: August 22, 1-4pm EDT
- Capture Management: August 23, 1-4pm EDT
- Using E-Commerce to Generate Federal Business Opportunities: August 24, 1-4pm EDT
- Developing and Managing Contractor Teams: August 28, 1-3pm EDT
- Understanding RFPs: August 29, 1-3:30pm EDT
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.