On Thursday, August 17, 2017, I will be in Tampa, Florida taking part in the Prime Focus Executive Event.  I will present a session on the All Small Mentor-Protégé Program, highlighting the opportunities of this expanded program for both large and small businesses. During my session, I will explain how SBA-approved mentor/protégé relationships allow small businesses to benefit from significant support from large business mentors without being deemed to be affiliated. I will also offer best practices for large business mentors to enter into joint ventures with protégés and compete for work set aside for small businesses.

This program is hosted by CWU Inc. and Solvability, Inc.

I will be in Tampa, Florida on Friday, May 5 speaking at the 30th Annual Government Small Business Conference: Game Plan for Federal Contracting. I will speak on the topic of, “SBA Mentor Protégé Program” at 10:50 a.m. This session will provide an overview of the Mentor Protégé program and offer insights into how businesses of all types can take advantage of the program. This session is appropriate for businesses looking to develop their business and compete more successfully for federal government contracts.

Visit the Florida Small Business Development Center website for more information and registration.

This week I will be in Tampa, Florida speaking at the two-day, interactive Florida GovCon Summit presented by Solvability. I will speak on the topic of, “Growing Your Business Through Joint Ventures” at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29. Recent changes in federal regulations have presented businesses with options and strategies for growth, this session will consider how businesses should maximize those opportunities.

Additional program information is available here.

From March 29-30, I will be in Tampa, Florida taking part in the Florida GovCon Summit presented by Solvability. This two-day, interactive summit features speakers with deep and broad roots in federal contracting. The panel session I will be speaking on is titled, “Maximizing Your Value for Exit.” This panel will offer insight into how small businesses can plan their exit strategy, best practices to finding a buyer and the steps to take now to maximize company valuation. I will specifically delve into the major legal considerations and issues to be aware of in planning an exit strategy.

Visit the Florida GovCon Summit website for more information and registration.

I will be co-hosting a webinar on Tuesday, November 29 on compliance challenges under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). Key topics that will be covered in this webinar include ITAR and EAR amendments and new rules; jurisdiction and classification; licensing, agreements, and exceptions; effective compliance practices; recent enforcement; and identifying risks and pitfalls. The webinar is being hosted by The Knowledge Group and will be held from 10 – 11:30 a.m. EST. For more information and to register, click here.

I will be in Knoxville today presenting at the 2016 GovCon Seminar hosted by Strategic Consulting Solutions and PDS Consulting Services. My session will be focused on the expansion of the Small Business Administration’s Mentor/ Protégé Program. Specifically, I will discuss how the recent program expansion is creating opportunities for contractors, large and small. The seminar is eligible for 6 CPE hours and will begin at 8 a.m. EST, details are available here.

Recently, Bass, Berry & Sims co-hosted (along with investment banking firm Bluestone Capital Partners and accounting firm BDO) a CEO panel discussion on “Building Shareholder Value in the Mid-Tier.”  Panelists included Chris Coleman, CEO of LookingGlass Cyber Solutions. Paul Leslie, CEO of Dovel Technologies. and Julian Setian, CEO of SOS International. Tim Garnett of The Avascent Group delivered a keynote presentation. The focus of the event was to discuss strategies for middle-market government contractors to build value for shareholders.

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On May 4, I am headed to Nashville to take part in the Joint Venture/Team Training Panel sponsored by UT PTAC and NBIC.  The seminar will take place from 8:00 a.m. to noon at our Nashville office. Joint ventures continue to provide businesses with new opportunities in a fiercely competitive federal marketplace. Attendees will hear expert panel discussions from several perspectives on navigating the challenges of joint ventures, identifying potential pitfalls in structuring joint ventures and leveraging strategic alliances to become more effective and win government contracts. Hope to see you there!

View the PDF for more information and registration.

In February, we discussed the impact easing restrictions with Cuba would have on trade. And Cuba continues to be a hot topic for U.S. companies and business people.  Yet it is vital for counsel to understand the continuing hurdles and steps necessary for compliance.  On April 12 at 1:00 pm EST, we will present a webinar, Doing Business in Cuba: Navigating the Evolving Sanctions Landscape, Leveraging New Opportunities.  During this lively panel, we will review issues such as the following:

  • Which business activities are currently permissible for U.S. companies with respect to Cuba?
  • How is the Commerce Department regulating exports and re-exports to Cuba?
  • What steps should companies take to promote OFAC and export control compliance with respect to Cuba?

We hope you can join us! To learn more or register, visit the Strafford website.

On Friday morning, I’ll be back in Oak Ridge. We’ve partnered with the East Tennessee Economic Council (ETEC), and I’ll be presenting, “How to Prepare for and Take Advantage of SBA’s Expansion of the Mentor Protégé Program.” I plan to provide an overview of SBA’s proposed rule that will dramatically reshape Mentor Protégé programs within the federal government, and provide some tips on how to get ready for final implementation and roll-out of the new program. The presentation will also highlight some of the unique changes being proposed by SBA, including the expanded affiliation exception for joint ventures, and how large and small businesses can take steps now to prepare for the expanded opportunities under the new program. The Friday ETEC meeting will begin at 7:30 a.m. EST, details here. If you’re an early bird and in the area, please join us!