News and Events
SBDC Day 2019
March 20, 2019 marked the third annual National SBDC Day. Locations across the country celebrated with proclamations, open houses and more. The ND SBDC network took to social media to share the love from clients, resource partners and more. Take a look at the full gallery from the day!
ND SBDC along with Kansas and Oklahoma SBDCs has launched a cyber security initiative that kicked off with a public presentation in Bismarck on October 18. Members of the North Dakota SBA, SBDC, PTAC and VBOC staff participated along with regional business owners and cyber security professionals.
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NORTH DAKOTA PROCUREMENT FAIR
The annual North Dakota Procurement Fair was held on March 27, in Minot. Thanks to the help of many great vendors and attendees, this seventh annual event was once again a success.
2019 WOMEN'S PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOP
Both the ND PTAC and ND SBDC participated in this year's event. Read the story on News Dakota about the 2019 Women's Professional Workshop in Jamestown from the ND Women's Business Center.
UPCOMING PROCUREMENT WEBINARS - UPDATED REGULARLY:
Monthly Webinar Log-in Instructions
The following series of webinars are hosted in partnership with MN PTAC, North Dakota and South Dakota PTACs. Webinars typically take place the first Tuesday of every month from 9-10 a.m. Central Time.
1. Please join the ZOOM meeting from any PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
2. If you prefer to use phone for audio:
US (Long distance): +1 (669) 900-6833 or +1 (646) 558-8656
Meeting ID: 115-541-475
June 4 – Commercial Item Contracting: A Simpler Way to Do Business with the Government
Mark Blando, Eckland and Blando
Over twenty years ago, the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act (FASA) was passed, ushering in what promised to be an easier way to do business with the federal government. A core focus of FASA was the commercial item regime, which encouraged agencies to obtain commercial products to meet their needs whenever possible. This session will look back at the much-ridiculed specification-driven regime and the resulting call for reform that led to the passage of FASA. Then, learn about the current regulations governing the acquisition of commercial items, including the multi-part definition of “commercial item,” and gain a clear delineation of which contract clauses are applicable and inapplicable to “commercial items” and “commercially available off-the-shelf items.” Explore other key aspects of commercial item contracting, including the solicitation process, use of past performance information, subcontracting issues, and the progress that has been made over the twenty years since FASA.
July 16 – GSA Schedule: Is it Right for You?
Michelle Leshe, General Services Administration, Office of Small Business Utilization for Region 8
In this webinar participants will be equipped with the tools to determine if submitting a proposal for a GSA Federal Supply Schedule is a step their company should take. An overview of the schedules and process will be provided.