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My car got hit, what happened next completely caught me off guard

Posted by Abraham Xiong on August 7, 2014 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

My car got hit, what happened next completely caught me off guard


We live in a cynical world. Oftentimes, I’ve been that cynical person who doesn’t always believe in the good of humanity. Especially in business, I’m so wired to question people and not give them my trust immediately. Well, recently, my pessimistic view about people was put to the test…

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Hiring Procedures Compliance: A Necessary Evil

Posted by Abraham Xiong on January 29, 2013 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

By: Diana Younts, Managing Partner First Advantage Consulting Firm, LLC

 

For most companies, hiring procedures cause issues, not only big ones with the US DOL, but also internal problems. First, most financial violations that the US Department of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) finds are in hiring. How does a company avoid these problems? The best way is training and checks to ensure everyone knows to be consistent with policies and procedures...

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Women Vendors Get Less Than Price of Drone From U.S. Set-Asides

Posted by Abraham Xiong on July 3, 2012 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)
By Danielle Ivory on June 21, 2012

A new federal program to help small contractors owned by women is drawing criticism from lawmakers and business advocates who say it has provided too little assistance to too few firms.

 

After an 11-year delay, the first contracts were awarded under the program in April 2011, according to federal procurement data compiled by Bloomberg. By the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30, agencies had doled out $21.1 million ...

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GSA to close some contracts to new vendors

Posted by Abraham Xiong on June 9, 2012 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (0)

By Matthew Weigelt 

A senior General Services Administration official told policy-makers June 7 that the agency will identify "oversaturated" Multiple Award Schedules markets as means to help agencies find contractors and save GSA’s resources.

 

“The MAS program is perpetually open to qualified new offers, and, while vibrant markets exist in some of the Schedules, we have reached the point of saturation in others,” Steve Kempf, commissioner of GSA...

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SBA issues proposed rules for small-biz participation in multiple-award contracts (MAC)

Posted by Abraham Xiong on May 31, 2012 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Article by Jack Moore

The Small Business Administration has published proposed regulations in the Federal Register, clarifying how agencies should include small-business contractors in multiple-award contracts.

MACs have proliferated across government in recent years, but small contractors contend they are frequently left out of the process. The Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 sought to rectify that by allowing agency contracting officers to set aside parts of a multiple-award sch...

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JOBS Act: Raising Capital is About to Become Easier.

Posted by Abraham Xiong on March 24, 2012 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (1)

Great news for small businesses.  Raising capital is about to get a lot more easier as the new JOBS Act Bill is being consider into law.

Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) was passed this week by the Senate, which fundamentally alters the securities laws for small businesses. One of the major benefit of the Bill will remove restrictions on capital raising that many of the detractors of the Act believe are important for investor protection.

Another significant comp...

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Are contractors at risk of a flame out?

Posted by Abraham Xiong on March 8, 2012 at 7:45 AM Comments comments (0)

By Nick Wakeman

Retired Vice Adm. Lewis Crenshaw Jr. is a former Navy aviator so you have to forgive his aviation analogy, but in presenting accounting firm Grant Thornton’s annual contractor survey he made a convincing case that many companies in the market are dangerously close to stalling out.

 

On the surface, some of the numbers look good: 50 percent of the respondents said revenues were up. But that is down from last year’s survey that showe...

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Bill strips contractor reviews from past-performance evaluations

Posted by Abraham Xiong on March 8, 2012 at 7:35 AM Comments comments (0)

About the Author: Matthew Weigelt is a senior writer covering acquisition and procurement for Federal Computer Week.

This article was published on Mar. 1, 2012 at http://washingtontechnology.com/articles/2012/03/01/no-review-past-performance-evaluation.aspx?s=wtdaily_020312.


Companies would lose the opportunity to respond to performance reviews written by government officials under a new contracting bill. The reviews often play a major role in winning future contracts...

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Government Agencies to Increase Small Business Set-Asides

Posted by Abraham Xiong on November 17, 2011 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Government Agencies to Increase Small Business Set-Asides

On November 2nd, officials released an interim rule based on the FAR revisions. The rule took effect the same day.

 

Small businesses should be excited about the new regulation which will allow more set-aside opportunities for the 99.7% of businesses in the USA. Last year, only 22% of all Federal contracting dollars were awarded to small businesses. This new rule will encourage agencies to ...

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HUBZone Expiration & Redesignated Changes Coming Oct 1st. 2011

Posted by Abraham Xiong on September 21, 2011 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO HUBZONE COMPANIES

Important, statutorily mandated changes will occur beginning October 1, 2011 that may affect your small business’ eligibility for the HUBZone program. SBA is committed to helping all current HUBZone firms during this transition. If you need additional assistance after reading the questions and answers below, please call the HUBZone help desk at (202) 205-8885, or email at [email protected]

How might your firm be...

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New Rule Changes for 8(a) Joint Venture Partnerships

Posted by Abraham Xiong on March 19, 2011 at 12:36 PM Comments comments (0)

New Rule Changes for 8(a) Joint Venture Partnerships

 

8a companies can enjoy some new rule changes for Joint Venture partnerships. On February 11th, 2011 the SBA made significant rule changes to the 8a Mentor-Protégé Joint Venture Program.

 

Joint Ventures are partnerships formed by two companies, an 8a company and a non-8a company, coming together to pursue contract opportunities. Both companies bring different strengths to the table to help the...

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New Association Aims to Increase Business Participation in Government Contracting

Posted by Abraham Xiong on May 17, 2010 at 10:37 AM Comments comments (1)


Atlanta, GA. – May 11, 2010 – Government contracting has been around for more than 200 years. Yet, less than 1% of businesses in the US are actively winning government contracts. With the federal government being the largest consumer in the world, spending over $523 billion in 2009 and with a recession lingering; why are so few companies doing business with the federal government.


Mr. Abraham Xiong, President of Government Contracto...

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How Does "Coopetition" Work In The Government Market?

Posted by Abraham Xiong on May 7, 2010 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (1)

 

By Abraham Xiong – President of Government Contractors Association, Inc.

 

There’s a new buzz word floating around…”Coopetition.” You may or may not have heard of it, but you will. With the new age of globalization, businesses are finding that greater communication is making the world smaller. The globe is becoming one market place through greater travel capacity and social media such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Ning. Thi...

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Government Contracts a Lesson in Patience

Posted by Abraham Xiong on May 7, 2010 at 4:41 PM Comments comments (0)

 

- Katie Orlinsky for The Wall Street Journal – 4/21/2010


Like many business owners who have suffered during the downturn, Randy Lebolo decided the most reliable client for his small construction firm would be Uncle Sam.

 

Thumbtack Technology’s Ben Engber, shown in Brooklyn, N.Y., Monday, says he has decided to hold off pushing for a federal government contract.

 

When the real-estate market was in free fall nearly t...

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White House establishes small business contracting task forces

Posted by Abraham Xiong on April 29, 2010 at 10:23 AM Comments comments (2)

Article by: Robert Brodsky


The White House on Monday established a pair of interagency task forces to help federal agencies award more contracts to small businesses.

 

The first task force will focus on improving procurement opportunities for all small businesses and helping agencies meet statutory contracting goals. The second group will focus exclusively on improving contracting opportunities for small businesses owned by veterans and servi...

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Small Business Parity Act of 2010

Posted by Abraham Xiong on April 18, 2010 at 8:56 AM Comments comments (0)

WASHINGTON – United States Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship Chair Mary Landrieu, D-La., along with Senator Richard Durbin, D-Ill., introduced the Small Business Parity Programs Act, which would place three small business government contracting programs – Hubzone, 8(a) and service-disabled veterans – on an equal playing field when competing for government work.

 

A recent court decision – which followed two Government Accountabili...

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New 8(m) Certification for Women Owned Small Businesses?

Posted by Abraham Xiong on April 8, 2010 at 10:13 PM Comments comments (0)

 

New 8(m) Certification for Women Owned Small Businesses?


Women-owned small businesses ("WOSB's") are reported to be the fastest growing segment of this country's business community. Unfortunately, WOSB's have not seen a proportionate increase in the number of federal contracting dollars sent their way. In fact, the federal government has repeatedly failed to meet its own women-owned small business contracting goal (which was s...

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