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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 - Introduction

Wednesday, February 12, 2015 * 2:00 eastern / 1:00 central / 11:00 pacific

The 8a program creates opportunities for small and disadvantaged businesses as they attempt to compete in the federal market place; however, an alarming number of businesses fail within 2 years after leaving the benefits and protections of 8a. This series of webinars is designed to address the steps necessary for a Transitioning 8a Firm in order to position and prepare itself for continued success through government contracting. This introductory webinar provides you with the foundation so you understand the need to position your business early for federal contracting after leaving the 8a program.

Course Instructor: Barbara English, President, English Solutions
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Give Me 5: Doing Business with the USDA

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 * 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.

Course Instructor: Lance Petteway, Director, Contract Management Division, Food and Nutrition Services - USDA
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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 2: The Source Selection Process, 2/25/2015

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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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