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

GSA News

Former USDA Research Site Hits GSA Auction Block

Former USDA Research Site Hits GSA Auction Block Read more

GSA showcases government-wide shared services at Industry Day

GSA showcases government-wide shared services at Industry Day Read more

FY2017 Per Diem Rates for Federal Travelers Released

FY2017 Per Diem Rates for Federal Travelers Released Read more

Vacant Land in Vieques, Puerto Rico to be sold via Online Auction

Vacant Land in Vieques, Puerto Rico to be sold via Online Auction Read more

GSA Spearheads Efforts for Government-wide Data Center Optimization Initiative

GSA Spearheads Efforts for Government-wide Data Center Optimization Initiative Read more

GSA Schedule and Federal Marketing News

The Lucky Government Contractor

A client called me recently to let me know that they “haven’t had much luck” generating sales under their GSA contract. Curiously, she went on to say that she recently lost a bid because “a competitor got lucky” and won it instead. Sadly, it’s not...Read more

eBuy RFP’s – Should you Bid on Every Opportunity

Top 7 Questions about eBuy Opportunities  After winning a GSA contract and uploading their price list to GSA Advantage, many GSA contractors are excited to access the myriad of RFP’s (Request for Proposal) and RFQ's (Request...Read more

How do Agencies buy Services through our GSA Contract?

Buying Professional Services on a GSA Contract Have you encountered an agency who wants to buy professional services from you, but doesn't know how to buy services  off GSA Schedules.  To help you and your clients understand...Read more

Open Market Items under a GSA Contract order

New GSA Contractors often ask about selling items that are not listed in their GSA Schedule contract.  These are known as Open Market items.  You can sell such products or services to agencies under a GSA Contract order, but you...Read more

Government Sales Falling Short?

Doing all the right things but without results? Do the sentiments in this email haunt you too? Companies seeking to generate GSA sales, or government sales in general, often make the same mistake…they do what they are told! Read more

SBA News

More Seniors, More Entrepreneurs: Senior Self-Employment on the Rise in the U.S.

For Release: August 18, 2016 SBA Number: 16-07 ADV Contact: Elle Patout Elle.Patout@sba.gov Read more

SEC Proposes Rule to Update and Simplify Disclosure Requirements

On July 13, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a proposed rule that would update and simplify the agency’s disclosure requirements.  The SEC’s objective is to eliminate redundant, overlapping, outdated, or superseded provisions in light of changes to SEC disclosure requirements, US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), International Financial Reporting...Read more

IRS Proposes Rule to Update Estate Valuations

On August 4, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a proposed rule relating to the valuation of interests in corporations and partnerships for estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax purposes and the treatment of lapsing rights and restrictions on liquidation in determining the value of transferred interests under Internal Revenue Code section 2704. The rule would affect how...Read more

APHIS Proposes Amendments to Horse Protection Regulations

APHIS Proposes Amendments to Horse Protection Regulations Read more

DOL Proposes Rules to Revise the Form 5500 Annual Return/Report Filed By Employee Benefit Plans

On July 21, 2016, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued proposed rules to update the Form 5500 Annual Return/Report. Read more

SBA Advice

SBA Celebrates Women’s Equality Day

It was almost 100 years ago, on August 26, 1920, when the 19th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution was ratified and women in America won the right to vote. As history (or her story) tells us, this... Read more

5 Key Tips on Sales Forecasting for Business Owners

Don’t underestimate the value of a sales forecast for running a business effectively. Even if you do nothing else in the way of planning, having just a sales forecast plus regular review and... Read more

3 Technologies for Streamlining Customer Communications

Ask the typical small business owner which methods his or her company uses to communicate with customers, and email is likely to be at or near the top of the list.  But what happens as your... Read more

How Choosing And Buying A Franchise Is Like The 10,000 Meter Run

The correct way to choose, research and potentially buy a franchise can be likened to running a 10,000-meter race (which equals 6.2137 miles), in which it’s imperative to pace yourself if... Read more

Financing Your Expanding Business with the SBA

If your business is part of the small minority of businesses who successfully maneuver those challenging early years, then you might be thinking, “what’s next?” If you are fortunate enough–or... Read more

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