Date(s) - 11/16/2016
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
MEC - Leesburg
THE SBA’S GOVERNMENT-WIDE MENTOR-PROTEGE PROGRAM: THE NEW RULES AND HOW THEY WILL CHANGE SMALL BUSINEESS SET-ASIDE CONTRACTING
On August 24, 2016, the SBA implemented the SBA’s small business mentor-protégé program. This program may potentially be one of the most important and far-reaching federal contracting programs for small businesses in recent memory. The new rule establishes for the first time a Government-Wide mentor-protégé program for all small businesses, which is consistent with the program for participants in SBA’s 8(a) program. The course will cover the provisions of the rule, including: program eligibility requirements, negotiating mentor-protégé agreements, the benefits of theses agreements, joint venturing between mentors and protégés for small business set-aside opportunities, and compliance with SBA’s requirements.
Specific topics will include:
- Establishing eligibility of Protégés
- Establishing eligibility of Mentors
- Number of allowable Protégés per Mentor
- Negotiating the intricacies’ of a written Mentor-Protégé Agreement that complies with SBA requirements
- Benefits of Establishing a Mentor-Protégé agreement for both parties, including the ability to create joint ventures that can compete as small businesses under set-aside procurements
- How SBA evaluates the Mentor-Protégé relationship
- Consequences for not complying with SBA requirements
The seminar will be taught by Ken Brody, a founding partner of the law firm of David, Brody and Dondershine, LLP in Reston, Virginia. Ken has over thirty-seven years of experience dealing with procurement issues, initially as a government trial attorney with the Department of the Navy, and for the past 28 years in private practice. His practice focuses on representing government contractors, particularly small businesses, on all aspects of government contracting, including negotiating agreements, the requirements of small business programs, and litigating contract disputes. He also teaches a class for PTAP on negotiating Teaming Agreements and Subcontracts and another class on Bid Protests. Additional information about Ken’s practice and experience can be found at his firm’s website: www.dbd-law.com.