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Give Me 5 Federal Contracting Training Webinars

Give Me 5’s ongoing webinars and regional events bring you the most up-to-date and relevant information on the federal procurement marketplace. Registration for all courses is open to the general public at no charge.

Registering for any Give Me 5 Session gets you:
  • Access to the live webinars On-Demand!
  • Links to download the podcast, presentation, and all supplemental documents

Give Me 5: Transitioning Out of 8a - Fine Tune Your Pricing

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 * 2:00 eastern / 1:00 central / 11:00 pacific

In the 8a program, pricing has much more flexibility than when you're in a competitive situation. This webinar assists in defining a different pricing strategy for winning a Lowest Price Technically Acceptable Bid.

Course Instructor: Barbara English, President, English Solutions
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Give Me 5: Navigating the SAM Registration Process by Understanding Key FAR Provisions

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 * 2:00 Eastern / 1:00 Central / 11:00 Pacific

Your journey as a federal contractor begins when you set up your business in the System for Award Management (SAM). You take a deep breath and jump in. As you get into the meat of setting up your profile, you encounter complex questions based on the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). These questions require current, accurate, and complete responses. You appreciate how important it is to answer each question correctly. However, successfully completing the SAM registration process requires a sound understanding of the referenced FAR provisions. Your responses to these provisions will comprise your company profile. To assist you with providing accurate representations and certifications, this webinar addresses each of the FAR provisions you will encounter. Participants will take away practical information about SAM’s registration process, including comprehensive and user-friendly guidance on SAM’s FAR-based questions.

Course Instructors: Pat Meagher, Shareholder, Rogers Joseph O’Donnell PC

Oliya Zamaray, Associate, Rogers Joseph O’Donnell PIC

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Give Me 5: Becoming an Advocate for Your Business

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 * 2:00 Eastern / 1:00 Central / 11:00 Pacific

From the stop sign in front of your business to the taxes that your business pays, public policy is your silent business partner. As a business owner, your time and energy is best spent running and growing your business. However, you know the negative or positive impact that a new regulation, a tax increase or deduction, and a government program can have on your bottom line. This webinar outlines what it means to your business to become a strong advocate– but more importantly, it provides you with different tools to help you share your story with policymakers on the issues impacting your business and industry.

Course Instructors: Kristie Arslan, Executive Director, Women Impacting Public Policy

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Give Me 5: Transitioning Out of 8a - Optimize Your Marketing Strategy

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 * 2:00 eastern / 1:00 central / 11:00 pacific

Winning a contract under a competitive bid is considerably harder than direct 8a. Sign up for this webinar and learn how to narrow the playing field with other small business certification, teaming opportunities, and by fine-tuning your contact system.

Course Instructor: Barbara English, President, English Solutions
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Give Me 5: Special Unit – Construction

Wednesday * 2:00 Eastern / 1:00 Central / 11:00 Pacific

The Construction Industry offers tremendous opportunities and challenges for any business owner; but when your customer is the federal government, there is an extra layer of requirements that can either make or break your business. This Give Me 5 Special Unit on Construction helps you to organize your business, understand the rules/regulations, and assists you in becoming a highly successful Construction vendor for the Federal Government.

Course Instructors: Jennifer Horn, Partner, Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC

Maria Panichelli, Associate, Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC

Click here to register for: The Fundamentals of the FAR, Part 3: Debriefing and Protests, 4/8/2015

Click here to register for: Bonding and Liens, 4/29/2015

Click here to register for: Defending Against Protests, 5/13/2015

Click here to register for: Negotiation Tactics for Women – Best Practices in Negotiating Sub Contracts, 6/3/2015

Give Me 5 and WAC: Demystifying DCAA Incurred Cost Submissions

Thursday, April 9, 2015 * 11:00 eastern / 10:00 central / 8:00 pacific

Each year, thousands of government contractors struggle to understand their incurred cost submission (ICS) obligations also commonly referred to as the “ICE” (Incurred Cost Electronically). The process for determining whether an ICS is required and if so preparing an adequate one can be a daunting task. Common questions include: Am I required to complete the burdensome ICE spreadsheet? What schedules do I need to complete? When is ICS due? What qualifies as an “Adequate ICS”? Join Aronson government contracting compliance expert Donna Dominguez for a revealing look at “ICE.” This webinar will help attendees better understand ICS requirements, provide tips on how to submit an adequate incurred cost submission, and offer survival tips for an incurred cost audit. If you are responsible for preparing any portions of the ICS, reviewing the ICS, certifying the ICS (Executive Management), or are responsible for financial compliance matters, this webinar will help you tackle ICS with confidence!

Course Instructor: Donna M. Dominguez, Managing Consultant, Government Contract Services Group at Aronson Company
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Give Me 5: Transitioning Out of 8a - Get Financials in Order

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 * 2:00 eastern / 1:00 central / 11:00 pacific

Outside of 8a you will have more stringent financial and cash flow requirements. Register for this webinar to learn how to seek a financial partner, increasing your line of credit, as well as being prepared for DCAA audits.

Course Instructor: Barbara English, President, English Solutions
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Give Me 5 and WAC: Attributes of an Acceptable Accounting System

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 * 11:00 eastern / 10:00 central / 8:00 pacific

Failure to maintain an accounting system that lives up to the federal government’s standards could spell big trouble for government contractors. Having an “acceptable accounting system” in the eyes of the government means satisfying more than 18 stipulations and compliance can be tricky for even the most prepared contractors. In this webinar, Nicole Mitchell of Aronson LLC will break down these important guidelines and provide practical tips for maintaining an adequate accounting system. Learning Objectives: * How to comply with applicable laws and regulations. * Determine the reliability of your accounting system and cost data. * Learn ways to minimize misallocations and discharges. * Identify common items questioned by DCAA. * And much, much more! Who Will Benefit? This presentation is a must for finance and contract professionals working with government contracts. Get ahead of the curve — register your team today!

Course Instructor: Nicole M. Mitchell, CPA; Partner, Government Contract Services Group at Aronson Company
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Give Me 5: Managing and Incentivizing Employees - Sharing in the Upside While Protecting the Company's Downside

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 * 2:00 eastern / 1:00 central / 11:00 pacific

Attracting and retaining key employees is a challenge every business faces, and government contractors know that a valuable contract can hinge on making the right staffing choices. In addition to creating a great work environment, companies can attract top quality employees through cash, equity and other equity-linked compensation methods. Please join Dean Nordlinger and Nichole Atallah of PilieroMazza PLLC as they cover various ways government contracting firms can compensate employees as well as steps firms can implement to avoid common labor and employment pitfalls.

Course Instructor: Dean Nordlinger, Partner, PilieroMazza PLLC, Nichole Atallah, Associate, PilieroMazza PLLC
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Give Me 5: Transitioning Out of 8a - Establish Excellent Recruiting System

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 * 2:00 eastern / 1:00 central / 11:00 pacific

The majority of your contracts that you win will require hiring new people. Register for this webinar to learn whether or not to recruit staff internally, or utilize external staffing organization ... or a combination of both.

Course Instructor: Barbara English, President, English Solutions
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Give Me 5 and WAC: Managing Cost Type Contracts

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 * 11:00 eastern / 10:00 central / 8:00 pacific

Many government service contractors successfully enter the government market with relatively straightforward T&M (Labor Hour) contracts. Eventually an opportunity to bid and perform larger and more complex cost reimbursement contracts will present itself. The skills required to manage T&M contracts differ markedly from the skills required to manage a cost type contract. While the statements of work may be very similar, the administrative requirements associated with managing a cost type contract greatly exceed those required for T&M work. Failure to comply with these requirements can have serious ramifications. An understanding of your obligations is essential to mitigating your risks, maximizing your cost recovery and maintaining your bottom line. Highlights * Attributes of an Adequate Accounting System * Costs that can be reimbursed * How direct costs are reimbursed * How indirect costs are reimbursed * How cost type contracts are invoiced * The "Paid to Cost" rule * The Limitation of Cost and Funds Clauses

Course Instructor: Thomas Marcinko, Aronson Company
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Give Me 5: Transitioning Out of 8a - Make Teaming Your Business Culture

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 * 2:00 eastern / 1:00 central / 11:00 pacific

As a small business, your level of success is greatly dependent on your ability to team with other businesses. Register for this webinar to learn how to a recruit other businesses, both small and large, as a teaming partner.

Course Instructor: Barbara English, President, English Solutions
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Give Me 5 and WAC: Time for Budgeting Indirect Rates

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 * 11:00 eastern / 10:00 central / 8:00 pacific

Budgets aren't just for the White House Budgeting indirect rates is a process that goes well beyond dumping last year’s data into an old Excel spreadsheet in order to “guesstimate” next year’s expenses. For the savvy government contractor, it’s an analytical process that looks at various aspects of your company’s historical and future points of view in order to remain competitive and profitable. Join us for a webinar presented by Aronson LLC’s that will provide valuable insight into how to develop budgeted indirect rates. Aisha Mian of Aronson's Government Contract Services Group will share practical advice for: Developing a budget that meets the company’s future and strategic goals Balancing profitability on existing contracts while proposing competitive indirect rates Best practices for preparing your budget package for submission to the government Fiscally responsible government contractors should prepare their Fiscal Year budgets for submission to the government by early January and it is never too soon to begin preparing. Whether you have time & materials, firm fixed price or cost reimbursement contracts, this informative webinar will provide both an overview of the requirements and practical tips for meeting them. Reserve your spot today!

Course Instructor: Aisha Mian, Managing Consultant, Government Contract Services Group, Aronson Company
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Give Me 5: Transitioning Out of 8a - The Essential Ingredient of All – Relationships!!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 * 2:00 eastern / 1:00 central / 11:00 pacific

The majority of federal contracts are won based on relationships with other vendors and federal buyers. Register for this webinar to learn how to develop crucial relationships for success.

Course Instructor: Barbara English, President, English Solutions
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Give Me 5: Reverse Auctions: When Could They Drive Revenue For You!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 * 2:00 eastern / 1:00 central / 11:00 pacific

Federal reverse auctions are here to stay: Federal buyers like the sound of saving time and money. Now that high-profile federal reverse auction provider, FedBid, is back in full operation, it's a better time than ever to see where reverse auctions might fit in your strategy. Need to drive IDIQ or GSA Schedule revenue? Looking to build past performance? Targeting certain agencies?

Course Instructor: Judy Bradt, CEO, Summit Insights
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