- Market Research 101 for Government Contractors - Jan 30 (Rescheduled)
- Developing a Compelling Capability Statement (2024 Update) - Feb 6
- Intro to Teaming (2024 Update) - Feb 8
- How to Build a Strong Government Sales Strategy: 8 Core Activities (2024 Update) - Feb 13
- Evolving DoD Contractor Cybersecurity Requirements (2024 Update) - Feb 14
- Understanding Simplified Acquisitions in Government Contracting - Feb 20
Training & Events
The North Dakota APEX offers many webinars and workshops designed to help you understand and navigate the government procurement process.
Training is critical to keep businesses informed of the latest procurement practices and opportunities.
12th Annual Selling to the Government
March 27, 2024 | 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Raymond J. Bohn Armory
4150 Miriam Ave
Bismarck, ND 58501
Are you ready to test the waters of government contracting? Have you considered diversifying your customer base to include the government as a customer? This annual government procurement event will offer workshops to learn about local, state, and federal government market sectors. In addition, you will learn how to complete registrations, available solicitations, how to do business with federal agencies, and more.
Attendees will be provided with an educational environment and the ability to network and share their capabilities with key stakeholders.
Even in this global economy, business is still conducted between people. Taking the time to make personal connections and market your firm's capabilities still matters!
Upcoming Tri-State Procurement Webinars
The following series of webinars are hosted in partnership with Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota APEX Accelerators, and SBA District Offices.
Webinars typically take place the first Tuesday of every month from 9 -10 a.m. Central Time.
The wage and hour session will offer an overview of the Service Contract Act and federal Davis-Bacon laws and the everyday application of these laws in the workplace. The webinar will cover the issues central to government contract compliance including prevailing wage and fringe benefit requirements, completing certified payrolls, specific record keeping requirements and guidelines for the correct payment of overtime. This session will also include a discussion on the problem areas most common in government contract compliance.
Wouldn’t it be great to have a free advisor, helping you with government contracting and growing your business? Your small business can learn from an experienced government contractor through SBA's MentorProtégé program. Protégés can get valuable business development help from their mentors in several areas, including:
- Guidance on internal business management systems, accounting, marketing, manufacturing, and strategic planning
- Financial assistance in the form of equity investments, loans, and bonding
- Assistance navigating federal contract bidding, acquisition, and the federal procurement process
- Education about international trade, strategic planning, and finding markets
- Business development, including strategy and identifying contracting and partnership opportunities
- General and administrative assistance, like human resource sharing or security clearance support
BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting Events
Basic Research Grants vs. SBIR/STTR: Not all NIH Grants are Created Equal!
February 14, 2024 @ 1 p.m. -2:30 p.m.
This webinar highlights where you’ll need to think, plan and write differently to
with the SBIR/STTR program and why you’ll need more SBIR/STTR training to be
competitive with your proposal. This session is ideal for university students and staff experienced in grant writing and considering SBIR/STTR funding to advance R&D.
University Participation in SBIR/STTR: From Pre-submissions to Post-award
February 21, 2024 @ 1 p.m. -2:30 p.m.
Universities are often directly or indirectly involved in the development and execution
of SBIR/STTR funded projects, so it is important that university administrators understand
and that the small business understands the university’s policies. Understanding these rules is critical to successful proposal and compliance. This session covers issues that need to be addressed both as the proposal is being developed and after it is awarded looking specifically from the university’s perspective.
How to Leverage I-Corps for SBIR
February 27, 2024 @ 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
This session will provide an overview of the SBIR/STTR programs and how you can leverage
your knowledge gained from customer discovery to build a compelling SBIR/STTR proposal.
In this interactive workshop, we’ll learn how to use data from customer discovery
to come up with 1-3 clearly defined Technical Objectives related to product development
for a Phase I
application. We will also go over how to use data from market research and customer discovery to determine your quantitative metrics for success.
25th Annual SADBOC Government Procurment Fair
April 11, 2024 @ 9a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Small businesses interested in doing business with government agencies and prime contractors are encouraged to attend this premier event.
Coupling education with marketing strategies, this event will:
- Provide businesses an opportunity to meet with representatives on the trade floor from more than 60 federal, state and local government agencies, large prime contractors, and nonprofit organizations, and
- Learn about various nuances of the government marketplace through 21 workshop options in 4 tracks centered around pathways to becoming a successful government contractor.
A complete listing of workshops and exhibitors will be posted closer to the event date.
Small Businesses will also have the opportunity to get paired with an agency and/or prime contractor representative interested in their particular product/service during the Matchmaking segment (by appointment only).
For an opportunity to get matched – watch for Matchmaking signup beginning March 25th
Matchmaking will close April 5th, 2024.
Defense Logistics Agency Events and Webinars
Find upcoming opportunities to work with DLA through DLA's Small Business Outreach Calendar. Discover matchmaking events, attend classes or connect with other small businesses in similar industries. Details for each event can be found by selecting an event name in the calendar.
Find Procurement Technical Assistance Centers through the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers' event website.
U.S. Navy Office of Small Business Programs Upcoming Events
The mission of OSBP is to promote acquisition opportunities where small business can
best support the needs of our Sailors and Marines. We owe it to these men and women
to provide them with the systems, innovation, products and tools necessary to enable
them to accomplish their mission and return home safely. We also owe it to the taxpayer
to acquire these products and services at affordable and responsible prices. It is
our hope that through this website you will gain information that will assist you
in competing for those opportunities. You will find links to all of the DON's major
buying activities and it is there that you will get to know the business of the Navy
and Marine Corps.
As one of our clients, you have the opportunity to access and attend several additional webinar's available through Govology. Review the list of dates, times, and topics, read the event flyer for more details and then contact us to get the access code and get registered today.
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) & Small Business Technology Transfer (STRR) Training Events
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are highly competitive programs that encourage domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) with the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR and STTR enable small businesses to explore their technological potential and provide the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation's R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated, and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.
The Proposed CMMC Level 2: Basic Cyber Hygiene
A special 2-hour Session of Blue Cyber. The Blue Cyber Director, Kelley Kiernan and technical experts will cover the 15 security requirements in the FAR 52.204-21 ( the Proposed DoD CMMC 2.0 Level 1) which comprise basic cyber hygiene for any small business. The target audience is small businesses of any type, with or without government contracts. We will create a fictional small business and protect it! A Kickoff from AAPEX Region 7 Director Every small business is welcome!
CYBERSECURITY FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
Join us at the Air Force/Space Force CISO’s Blue Cyber Initiative.
Always free and public, the DAF CISO’s Blue Cyber education series is an early partnership with the Defense Industrial Base, which enables small businesses to bake in cybersecurity and move forward at the speed of innovation. The Blue Cyber Initiative Small Business Cybersecurity boot camp. As small businesses drive innovation and support defense missions with cutting-edge technologies, it is vital we work together to protect DoD sensitive data and networks.
Blue Cyber will pair small businesses with the most modern cyber protection methods in the industry, better positions DIB small businesses to protect sensitive information and networks even before they have a contract to innovate for defense; this defense sensitive information includes YOUR Intellectual Property.
Air Force and Space Force Chief Information Security Officer Ask-Me-Anything
The Air Force and Space Force Chief Information Security Officer has created the Blue Cyber Education Series for Small Businesses and Academic/Research Institutions. This program provides the Small Business Cybersecurity Materials and an Every-Tuesday Cybersecurity Ask-Me-Anything.
To directly register for ND APEX sponsored events visit our calendar.