News and Events
MINNESOTA PROCUREMENT FAIR
The annual Minnesota Procurement Fair is coming up Thursday, April 18, 2019 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center, MN. Take a look at the event flyer for more details! First time attendee? Take advantage of a FREE prep workshop on April 4 in Minneapolis.
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
May 7– Small Business Administration – Federal Certifications
Lisa Claassen, SBA South Dakota District Office
Some small business groups require formal certifications in order to receive the benefits of their specific small business program for purpose of federal procurement. Some groups merely self-represent their business status when completing the solicitation representations and certifications clauses. Learn about the various federal certifications you may be eligible for. SBA will cover: 8(a) Business Development Program; Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB); Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB) and Economically Disadvantaged Women Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) and the HUBZone certifications. You will learn about each certification, what it takes to qualify, and how to apply.
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.