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Upcoming Events and Training

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: Doing Business with the US Department of Agriculture

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 * 2:00 Eastern / 1:00 Central / 11:00 Pacific

Have you conducted your research and discovered that the USDA is on your immediate list of agencies to prospect? This webinar will help you understand the best procedures for marketing to and executing contracts with the USDA.

Instructor:Lance Petteway, Director, Contract Management Division, Food and Nutrition Services - USDA

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Give Me 5: WIPP’s Ask the Expert – Getting Started in Government Contracting

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 * 2:00 Eastern / 1:00 Central / 11:00 Pacific

Contracting specialist Gloria Larkin makes herself available for an open conversation discussing how to get started in government contracting. This conversation could include topics as basic as “Is Contracting Right for My Business”, questions about setting up your profiles, or even questions about how to take the next step. You are encouraged to go to and see the list of webinars where Gloria has presented, and plan to join us so all of your questions can be answered. Registration is required.

Instructor: Gloria Larkin, President, TargetGov

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Give Me 5: GSA Ordering and Contract Compliance for New Schedule Holders

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 * 2:00 Eastern / 1:00 Central / 11:00 Pacific

Many contractors enter the GSA Schedule process tantalized by the prospect of growing their business in the federal marketplace and pursue their contract with gusto. Of course, after a grueling submission and review process, most are just relieved to have gotten through the system, happy they are now finally able to set out on their new road to riches. The trouble is that most contractors aren’t fully aware of what they have gotten themselves into. This webinar will help companies understand and effectively manage the GSA Schedule ordering process as well as highlight issues regarding contract compliance and maintenance. It will be helpful to any business owners, chief executives and business development personnel that have recently been awarded a GSA Schedule, or those that just want to understand what will be involved if they decide to pursue a GSA Schedule Contract.

Topics Covered:

· GSA Schedule Ordering Rules and Regulations

· Managing the Ordering Processes for Services

· Eligible GSA Schedule Users

· What Constitutes A GSA Schedule Sale?

· Sales Tracking and Reporting

· Small Business Eligibility

· Reporting and Paying the IFF

· eOffer/eMod and Digital Certificates

· Contract Modifications

· Economic Price Adjustments

· Trade Agreement Act Issues

· GSA Advantage and eBuy Systems

Instructor:Courtney Fairchild, President and CEO, Global Services

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Construction Unit - FAR 101 – Part 1 The Fundamentals of the Federal Acquisition Regulations and Federal Procurement: The Bidding Process

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 * 2:00 Eastern / 1:00 Central / 11:00 Pacific

Whether you are new to federal contracting, or have been contracting with the government for years, the Federal Acquisition Regulations, or “FAR”, can be rather confusing. This is especially true in the construction context, where concepts originally intended for use in supply or other service contracts are applied to yield unanticipated consequences. This Webinar will focus on improving your understanding of the FAR (and agency supplements thereto) and its application in the construction context, with a focus on the bidding process for both sealed bidding and negotiated procurement. A great introduction for a beginner wishing to break into the construction market, and a useful refresher for experienced federal contractors, this webinar seeks to teach all attendees how successfully navigate the federal procurement process to secure more federal contract awards.

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

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

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Give Me 5: Becoming a Federal Sub-Contractor

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 * 2:00 Eastern / 1:00 Central / 11:00 Pacific

For small firms ready to break into government contracting, one good option is to start as a sub-contractor. This webinar teaches you how to meet primes in your industry and identify their needs, build partnership relationships and cultivate a niche for a competitive advantage, and market your firm or partnership to Primes instead of waiting for them to call you.

Course Instructors: Naomi Fink, Founder and CEO, Europacifica Consulting
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Give Me 5: Best Practices in Construction

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 * 2:00 Eastern / 1:00 Central / 11:00 Pacific

Whether you a contractor working on federal, state or private projects, certain construction practices should be followed to insure that you and your company is protected on the project. Following certain business practices can mean the difference between a profitable construction project and one that exposes your company to financial risk. This Webinar will focus on best construction practices before, during and at the conclusion of a construction project. It seeks to outline best contracting, accounting, insurance, documentation and claims prevention strategies for beginner and experienced practitioners alike.

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

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

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