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This section contains links to articles regarding federal busienss and key federal agency news.  Updated daily.

GSA News

GSA releases statement on Old Post Office lease

GSA releases statement on Old Post Office lease Read more

GSA seeks information from industry to better capability on Software-as-a-Service (Saas) for Administrative Services

GSA seeks information from industry to better capability on Software-as-a-Service (Saas) for Administrative Services Read more

GSA announces issuance of RFP – Phase I for the new Department of Labor (DOL) headquarters

GSA announces issuance of RFP – Phase I for the new Department of Labor (DOL) headquarters Read more

GSA Awards Construction Contract for New Port of Entry in Columbus, New Mexico

New Port to help support Customs and Border Protection’s mission Read more

GSA announces the plan for environmental, transportation and other studies at sites being explored for the new Department of Labor (DOL) headquarters

GSA announces the plan for environmental, transportation and other studies at sites being explored for the new Department of Labor (DOL) headquarters Read more

GSA Schedule and Federal Marketing News

How to Gain Your Boss’ Support for Getting a GSA Contract

A GSA contract can help you increase government sales. You know it, your sales people know it, but sometimes the boss does not. As your firm’s business development manager, you know you that GSA schedules are a critical tool to have in your business...Read more

Want to Know How Federal Agencies Buy?

The Federal Buyer’s Journey Many contractors face the challenges of determining their place in the federal market and identifying how to pursue business. An important step in figuring this out is: Read more

Refresh, Revise, Reinforce Your GSA Contract

You will likely make several different types of changes to your GSA Contract during the 5 to 20-year period.  Your agreement with GSA is intended to be a living document, keeping up with changing times. We tend to look at the modifications in...Read more

What does the Government Solicitation Number Mean

The federal market is huge, and thousands of contracts are issued every year that has a value in the hundreds of billions of dollars. The bid packages used by the government usually contain a set of documents to which a bidder develops a responsive...Read more

6 Steps to take after your GSA Contract Award

You submitted your offer to GSA many months ago, and after a protracted period of waiting, you finally got your GSA number. Read more

SBA News

SEC Reconsiders Conflict Minerals Rule Implementation

On January 31, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that the agency would reconsider how to enforce a regulation that requires SEC filers to provide certain disclosures about the use of specified conflict minerals originating in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Link to...Read more

DOL Proposes to Delay the Fiduciary Rule

On March 2, 2017, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a proposal to extend for 60 days rules defining who is a “fiduciary” under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (Code).  The proposal would also extend for 60 days the applicability date of related prohibited transaction exemptions including the Best Interest Contract Exemption and...Read more

USDA, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Seeks Comments on Its Proposed Rule on Importation, Interstate Movement, and Environmental Release of Certain Genetically Engineered Organisms

On January 19, 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) published a proposed rule revising its regulations on the importation, interstate movement, and environmental release of certain genetically engineered organisms. The regulations were first established in 1987. This is the first comprehensive revision of the regulations, which are...Read more

DOE, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Seeks Comments on Its Proposed Rule on Energy Conservation Standards for Dedicated-Purpose Pool Pumps

On January 18, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy published concurrent and identical proposed and direct final rules amending energy conservation standards for dedicated-purpose pool pumps.  On January 25, 2016 DOE published a Test Procedure final rule establishing new test procedures for the pumps. This rule became effective on...Read more

DOE, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Seeks Comments on Its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Energy Conservation Standards for Consumer Central Air Conditioners and Heaters

 On January 6, 2017, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy published concurrent and identical proposed and direct final rules amending energy conservation standards for consumer central air conditioners and heat pumps. On January 5, 2017 DOE published a Test Procedure final rule establishing new test procedures for the air conditioners and...Read more

SBA Advice

Five Ways to Give Your Business A Strategic Refresh

Do any one of these five simple refresh ideas and you’ll help yourself manage your business goals, growth, and execution. Do all five and you have a perfect lean business plan.  Refocus... Read more

10 Local Marketing Strategies That Work

If you operate a local business (one that gets most of its customers from within a 75-mile radius) you can try many general marketing strategies, but you have one special consideration. You have... Read more

How To Get Your Money Questions Answered When Buying A Franchise

It’s all about the money, right? How much money you’ll need to buy a franchise How much money you’ll need for your ongoing expenses How much money you’ll be able to... Read more

Setting the stage

The stage was set – two maroon club chairs in front of the official podium, the American flag and the flag of the Small Business Administration placed against the deep blue curtain. Hundreds of... Read more

Planning for Your Summer Help: Legal and Tax Issues

Many small businesses take on additional help during the summer months. Some use seasonal workers to fill gaps created when full-time employees go on vacation. Others need workers for their summer... Read more

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