2021 Past SECAF Events

Tuesday, December 14, 2021
1:00 - 2:30pm
Monthly Briefing: 
Using Joint Ventures, Mentor-Protégé, and CTA Relationships to Win Federal Work

Pursuing federal work on your own can be daunting, particularly as contract consolidation increases the competition amongst small businesses for fewer and larger contract vehicles.  In this environment, finding partners and pursuing work together through joint venture, mentor-protégé, and CTA relationships is more important than ever.  But just getting into these relationships is not a panacea.  When not done carefully from the regulatory and business standpoints, the relationships may not be eligible for the contracts they pursue and may be a bad marriage that ends up dragging down, rather than elevating, each company. 

This Briefing is targeted to CEOs, COOs, and Directors of Contracting who are grappling with whether to enter into a JV, mentor-protégé, and/or CTA relationship, how to go about doing it, and the potential pitfalls to avoid.  We will have a panel of experts on these strategic relationships who have been through them before, know the rules of the road, and will share their experiences (the good and the not-so-good).

The panel will be moderated by Devon Hewitt, Partner with Protorae Law PLLC, who regularly advises contractors on how to structure JVs, mentor-protégé, and CTA relationships.  The panelists will include both the mentor and protégé perspectives.  We expect a lively exchange between the panel and the audience and space will therefore be limited to maximize audience participation and the panel’s ability to answer questions.  Reserve your spot now by clicking the register button below.

Moderator:  Devon Hewitt, Partner with Protorae Law PLLC

Speakers:

  • Mark Chichester - President and Co-Founder of Atlas Research (recently acquired by Customer Value Partners, Inc.)
  • David Harris - President and Chief Executive Officer of Advanced Decision Vectors
  • Dr. Vivek “Vick” Taneja – Co-Founder, President of Dynamo Technologies

Thursday, December 9th, 2021
Gov Con Member Networking Event 
5:00-6:30pm


Grab your favorite beverage and a snack and join us for a ‘round the room introductions to get to know your fellow Government Contractor SECAF members!
  • What do they do?
  • Might there be teaming opportunities?
  • Can they help you? Can you help them? 
  • Enjoy the opportunity to network with your peers. 
This will be a Zoom Meeting. We hope everyone will activate video and audio. We will provide a list of registrants in advance to help facilitate connections.

Join us!  Here's what our members are saying about  virtual networking sessions:
  • Casual and friendly, yet informative and clearly a conduit for collaboration.
  • I liked the chance to see people and also hear of their companies. It was great!
  • This virtual environment via video teleconferencing is the new normal. I was impressed! SECAF has matured as a SB advocacy organization, and that was apparent. Good attendance. Great discussion. 
  • First one I've attended, but video feed made it easier to connect and speak, as opposed to an audio-only bridge.
  • Variety and experience of attendees.
  • I liked the combination of business with cute personal quirk. Great ice breaker, and humanized the artificial Zoom situation.

Thursday, November 4th, 2021
Gov Con Member Networking Event 
5:00-6:30pm


Grab your favorite beverage and a snack and join us for a ‘round the room introductions to get to know your fellow Government Contractor SECAF members!
  • What do they do?
  • Might there be teaming opportunities?
  • Can they help you? Can you help them? 
  • Enjoy the opportunity to network with your peers. 
This will be a Zoom Meeting. We hope everyone will activate video and audio. We will provide a list of registrants in advance to help facilitate connections.

Join us!  Here's what our members are saying about  virtual networking sessions:
  • Casual and friendly, yet informative and clearly a conduit for collaboration.
  • I liked the chance to see people and also hear of their companies. It was great!
  • This virtual environment via video teleconferencing is the new normal. I was impressed! SECAF has matured as a SB advocacy organization, and that was apparent. Good attendance. Great discussion. 
  • First one I've attended, but video feed made it easier to connect and speak, as opposed to an audio-only bridge.
  • Variety and experience of attendees.
  • I liked the combination of business with cute personal quirk. Great ice breaker, and humanized the artificial Zoom situation.
 
Thursday October 28, 2021
Legislative and Regulatory Update
10:00-11:00am Eastern Time

 
The SECAF Legislative and Regulatory Committee Chair will provide an update on the latest initiatives coming out of the legislative and executive branches of the federal government related to contracts and financial assistance.  This will include statutes and regulations related to the COVID 19 pandemic including the new vaccine mandate, small business preferences and payment terms, supply chain sourcing limitations and disclosures, CMMC and cybersecurity requirements, and facilities access limitations and requirements.

Speaker:
  • Eric Crusius - Chair, SECAF Legislative & Regulatory Committee

Tuesday, October 19, 2021
1:00 - 2:30pm
Monthly Briefing: Spotlight on the U.S. Small Business Administration


As we start the first new fiscal year under the Biden Administration, it is critical to take the pulse of the U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”).  SBA is the tip of the spear for policy and regulatory initiatives that shape the small business contracting programs and help small businesses grow in federal contracting.  To be prepared for success, small business contractors must understand the new initiatives coming out of SBA as well as the evolution of existing small business programs and requirements.  

Join us for unparalleled insights and access to SBA, its current thinking, and the future direction of its small business programs.  A panel of senior SBA officials will be moderated by Robb Wong, Deep Water Point and former SBA Associate Administrator, Office of Government Contracting and Business Development.  Learn the tactical tips you need to navigate SBA’s small business programs and the federal small business market.

Moderator:  Robb Wong - Deep Water Point

Speakers (Invited):
  • John Klein - Associate General Counsel for Procurement Law at U. S. Small Business Administration
  • Mark Hagedorn - Attorney-Advisor, SBA Office of Procurement Law, Office of General Counsel

Wednesday, October 13, 2021
12:00 - 1:00 PM

Webinar Series: The 2021 GAUGE Survey and Report
 
Streamlining operations, increasing effectiveness and creating efficiencies are all key elements to success for government contractors; especially if you plan to pursue opportunities presented by the proposed infrastructure bill working its way through Congress. 

Unanet’s 5th annual GAUGE Report is a go-to resource for any firm that wants to grow and prosper in GovCon. The Report is based on the GAUGE Survey which polled firms in five main areas of government contracting: Government Contract Compliance, Accounting, Utilization, Growth, and Efficiencies. This session will review the survey and report and summarize the 2021 results along with a few best practices for creating winning proposals.

At the conclusion of this presentation, the attendees will be able to:
  • Associate their firm with one of the groups surveyed
  • Compare their own metrics with those of potential competitors or partners
  • Identify trends in selected metrics across GovCon within bands of firm sizes
  • Identify metrics from the survey that matter to their respective firms 
  • Benchmark their metrics using the provided tools on the GAUGE web site.
Speaker: Rich Wilkinson, GovCon Expert, Unanet

Thursday, October 7th, 2021
Gov Con Member Networking Event 
5:00-6:30pm


Grab your favorite beverage and a snack and join us for a ‘round the room introductions to get to know your fellow Government Contractor SECAF members!
  • What do they do?
  • Might there be teaming opportunities?
  • Can they help you? Can you help them? 
  • Enjoy the opportunity to network with your peers. 
This will be a Zoom Meeting. We hope everyone will activate video and audio. We will provide a list of registrants in advance to help facilitate connections.

Join us!  Here's what our members are saying about  virtual networking sessions:
  • Casual and friendly, yet informative and clearly a conduit for collaboration.
  • I liked the chance to see people and also hear of their companies. It was great!
  • This virtual environment via video teleconferencing is the new normal. I was impressed! SECAF has matured as a SB advocacy organization, and that was apparent. Good attendance. Great discussion. 
  • First one I've attended, but video feed made it easier to connect and speak, as opposed to an audio-only bridge.
  • Variety and experience of attendees.
  • I liked the combination of business with cute personal quirk. Great ice breaker, and humanized the artificial Zoom situation.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Monthly Briefing: Small Business Federal Spending Outlook
1:00 - 2:30pm

SECAF is excited to kick off its 2021-2022 Program Year with the Federal Small Business Outlook.  As we close out FY21 and head into FY22, several important federal spending and budget trends are taking shape that will impact small businesses over the next year and beyond.  Deltek’s Kevin Plexico will give this member briefing providing a budget outlook and small business spending trends that matter to you. 

Kevin will also read the tea leaves from Capitol Hill and this year’s National Defense Authorization Act, discuss the latest with the much-discussed infrastructure spending, preview the key contract vehicles that small businesses should watch out for in FY22, and much more.  This briefing will give you the tools you need to make informed strategic decisions and position your company for growth in FY22. 

Speaker: Kevin Plexico - Senior Vice President of Information Solutions at Deltek

Who should attend this event?  
  • CEOs and Presidents
  • Business Development Executives
  • Other company officers responsible for business growth and development.
 

Thursday, September 9th, 2021
Gov Con Member Networking Event 
5:00-6:30pm


Grab your favorite beverage and a snack and join us for a ‘round the room introductions to get to know your fellow Government Contractor SECAF members!
  • What do they do?
  • Might there be teaming opportunities?
  • Can they help you? Can you help them? 
  • What are the biggest concerns during this crisis?
  • What are they doing that’s working well?
  • Enjoy the opportunity to network with your peers. 
This will be a Zoom Meeting. We hope everyone will activate video and audio. We will provide a list of registrants in advance to help facilitate connections.

Join us!  Here's what our members are saying about  virtual networking sessions:
  • Casual and friendly, yet informative and clearly a conduit for collaboration.
  • I liked the chance to see people and also hear of their companies. It was great!
  • This virtual environment via video teleconferencing is the new normal. I was impressed! SECAF has matured as a SB advocacy organization, and that was apparent. Good attendance. Great discussion. 
  • First one I've attended, but video feed made it easier to connect and speak, as opposed to an audio-only bridge.
  • Variety and experience of attendees.
  • I liked the combination of business with cute personal quirk. Great ice breaker, and humanized the artificial Zoom situation.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Small Business Insights from the 2021 GovCon Clarity Report

12:00-1:00pm Eastern Time

 
In 2020, small businesses remained optimistic about the government contracting market. More than 50% reported migrating to the cloud, with a corresponding decrease in cybersecurity incidents. However, first time match rates dropped significantly. How can your small business take advantage of the optimistic market while balancing the inevitable tightening of the belt that was brought on by the pandemic?

In this webinar, we'll dive into challenges and insights for small businesses presented by the 2021 Clarity Report, and discuss how you can position your firm for success for the remainder of 2021.


Speaker:

Dan Firrincili - Senior Product Marketing Manager, Deltek

Thursday, June 24, 2021
DHG Matchmaking Conference
8:00am - 12:15pm


Join us for a special two-part half-day conference to gain insight into DHS’s IT Modernization Strategy, IT Modernization initiatives, procurement initiatives and future requirements and innovations DHS will explore with the private sector in the next 12-24 months.
 
Part I will begin with a fireside chat with Soraya Correa, Chief Procurement Officer at DHS, and Eric Hysen, Chief Information Officer at DHS followed by a panel discussion with representatives from DHS' Head of the Contracting Activity focused on the use of the NextGen suite of contracts and procurement strategies for their respective components.  Part II will include industry matchmaking sessions of NextGen suite of contract holders with non-contract holders and the opportunity to network with the participants.
 
Fireside Chat
  • Soraya Correa - Chief Procurement Officer at DHS
  • Eric Hysen - Chief Information Officer at DHS
Panel Discussion
  • Juan Arratia - Deputy Director, Office of Procurement Operations, DHS
  • Al Dainton - Director and Head of Contracting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (HCA ICE)
  • Amanda Duquette - Head of Contracting, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (HCA USCIS)

Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Webinar: PPP and the Impact on the ICS
12:00 - 1:00 pm

For many contractors that received PPP loans and applied for forgiveness, the impact to its incurred cost proposal was an afterthought. With the fiscal year 2020 deadline for incurred cost proposal submission right around the corner, we will discuss how loan forgiveness will impact contractor submissions and will dive into strategies for contractors to limit negative impact. 

Topics to be covered include:
  • High-level overview of PPP loans and PPP loan forgiveness
  • Review of the incurred cost proposal and schedules likely to be affected by PPP loan forgiveness
  • DCAA guidance on PPP loan forgiveness and corresponding credits
  • When do you record PPP loan forgiveness
  • Where and how to apply forgiveness credits
  • Strategies to limit negative potential impacts to your incurred cost proposal
Speaker:
  • Brad Tress - Senior Manager, DHG

Tuesday June 8th, 2021
Gov Con Member Networking Event 
5:00-6:30pm


Grab your favorite beverage and a snack and join us for a ‘round the room introductions to get to know your fellow Government Contractor SECAF members!
  • What do they do?
  • Might there be teaming opportunities?
  • Can they help you? Can you help them? 
  • What are the biggest concerns during this crisis?
  • What are they doing that’s working well?
  • Enjoy the opportunity to network with your peers. 
This will be a Zoom Meeting. We hope everyone will activate video and audio. We will provide a list of registrants in advance to help facilitate connections.

Join us!  Here's what our members are saying about  virtual networking sessions:
  • Casual and friendly, yet informative and clearly a conduit for collaboration.
  • I liked the chance to see people and also hear of their companies. It was great!
  • This virtual environment via video teleconferencing is the new normal. I was impressed! SECAF has matured as a SB advocacy organization, and that was apparent. Good attendance. Great discussion. 
  • First one I've attended, but video feed made it easier to connect and speak, as opposed to an audio-only bridge.
  • Variety and experience of attendees.
  • I liked the combination of business with cute personal quirk. Great ice breaker, and humanized the artificial Zoom situation.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Monthly Briefing: America's Future in Space - A Discussion of Possibilities for Small Businesses (unclassified)
8:00- 9:30am

This event is focused on helping small business understand how the U.S is engaging in creating space superiority and what the future holds for that realm.  

In the year 1800, John Adams was President of the United States and the Louisiana Purchase made by Thomas Jefferson was still three years away. The United States of America had 16 states and was 27 years old. In one short century, the country expanded to the Pacific Ocean and finished creating the foundation for our nation today. 

What will the year 2100 look like? In 1800, did early Americans think about long wagon caravans and settlers protected by the US Army, new government policies for managing growth of the West, or the need for treaties with our neighbors and other governments? In this century, technology and opportunity will bring incredible changes some of which we are already seeing with NASA’s Artemis Program to return to the moon and build a permanent presence, Billionaire entrepreneurs that will turn spaceflight into the newest domain for tourists, and industry plans to colonize Mars and mine asteroids for their raw materials. 

What types of organizations, human capital, technology, vehicles and equipment will be required to transform science fiction into tomorrow’s new business? How will these needs transform every spectrum of our lives from higher education to services and manufacturing? What new markets will be created?

For SECAF’s last session of the year, we wanted to expand everyone’s minds as well as discuss future business opportunities. Our panel will help you understand the efforts to achieve Space Superiority and  how relationships between government and industry continue to strengthen. Our panel will also look into the future and discuss what a nation working in space could look like.

Who should attend this event?  
  • CEOs and Presidents
  • Business Development Executives
  • Other company officers responsible for business growth and development.
Moderator:
  • Thomas Dorame - Senior Vice President, The Space Foundation
Speakers:
  • John T. Sheridan - General Manager, JTSheridan Associates LLC.
  • Jason L. Terry - Col, USSF Director, Policy and Integration, Office of the ASAF for Space Acquisition & Integration (SAF/SP)
  • Paula Trimble - Chief, Policy Legislative Affairs Director, Space Development Agency

Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Effective Bid Protest Strategies Every Contractor Needs to Know

12:00-1:00pm Eastern Time

 
After spending significant time and resources identifying a federal business opportunity and developing a proposal, it is important to defend your investment. The bid protest process is a key tool for advocating for your business interests in federal procurements. And whether challenging the terms of a solicitation, questioning an agency’s evaluation of proposals, or intervening to defend an award, contractors should understand the process back to front.
 
Join Jon Williams, Chair of PilieroMazza’s Government Contracts Group, for an overview of the bid protest process and key strategic considerations, including:
  • common pre- and post-award protest arguments;
  • deciding whether and where to protest; and
  • defending your award against a protest.
Speaker:  Jon Williams, Partner, PilieroMazza

Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Webinar Series: Strategies for CEOs, How to Set Yourself Apart to Hire Top Talent
12:00 - 1:00 PM
 
In this continued competitive market for small and mid-size government contractors, we will discuss strategies for CEOs to entice and retain top talent. The recruiting process is enhanced and accelerated when CEOs leverage their brand and are engaged with candidates and employees.  Join as we share considerations in how to increase your success rate of employment offer acceptances when paying the top of the market may not be an option.
 
Helios HR’s CEO Kathy Albarado will interview talent expert Kyle Robertson, Babs Doherty of Solerity, Michael Waddell of INTEGRITYOne Partners, and MJ Wivell of BTI 360, three prominent CEOs making remarkable developments with attracting and retaining top talent for their businesses. Discover how you can strategically and intentionally set yourself apart in this tight market to grow and scale.
Panelists:
  • Kathy Albarado, CEO, Helios HR
  • Babs Doherty, President and CEO, Solerity
  • Kyle Robertson, Senior Management Recruiting Consultant, Helios HR
  • Michael Waddell, Managing Partner, INTEGRITYOne Partners
  • MJ Wivell, CEO, BTI360

Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Webiner: GSA's Services Marketplace and New Services IDIQ
1:00 - 2:00 pm

This webinar will provide a comprehensive overview of GSA's Services Marketplace and one of the Services Marketplace's main initiatives, the New Services IDIQ. You will learn what to expect with the New Services IDIQ and hear an update on the information collected from Industry and Federal Agency New Services IDIQ engagements.  After the presentation, GSA representatives will address questions from attendees.

After you register, you will be able to submit your questions for consideration in advance.  Please submit question by May 13. 
You may also ask a question during the webinar as well. 
 
Speaker:
  • Bounce Quarry, Supplier Relationship Manager for the Professional Services Category
 
Bounce Quarry recently joined the PSHC Program Operations group as a Supplier Relationship Management Specialist for the Professional Services Category. His role as a Supplier Relationship Management Specialist is to engage industry on category management goals, performance and how federal agencies perceive the industrial base. Bounce joined GSA in August 2008 and has worked as a Senior Contracting Officer under the PSS, AAS, OASIS and GSA SmartPay contracting portfolios. Bounce earned his Unlimited Warrant as a Senior Contracting Officer and currently holds a FAC-C Level III certification. Prior to joining GSA, Bounce worked for the University of Washington as a Grants Specialist.
 
GSA colleagues will assist with the Q&A: 
  • Lee Tittle, Project Manager
  • Paul Szymanski, Contracting Officer
  • Sheila Morrison, Contracting Officer

Thursday, May 13, 2021
Gov Con Member Networking Event 
5:00-6:30pm


Grab your favorite beverage and a snack and join us for a ‘round the room introductions to get to know your fellow Government Contractor SECAF members!
  • What do they do?
  • Might there be teaming opportunities?
  • Can they help you? Can you help them? 
  • What are the biggest concerns during this crisis?
  • What are they doing that’s working well?
  • Enjoy the opportunity to network with your peers. 
This will be a Zoom Meeting. We hope everyone will activate video and audio. We will provide a list of registrants in advance to help facilitate connections.

Join us!  Here's what our members are saying about  virtual networking sessions:
  • Casual and friendly, yet informative and clearly a conduit for collaboration.
  • I liked the chance to see people and also hear of their companies. It was great!
  • This virtual environment via video teleconferencing is the new normal. I was impressed! SECAF has matured as a SB advocacy organization, and that was apparent. Good attendance. Great discussion. 
  • First one I've attended, but video feed made it easier to connect and speak, as opposed to an audio-only bridge.
  • Variety and experience of attendees.
  • I liked the combination of business with cute personal quirk. Great ice breaker, and humanized the artificial Zoom situation.

Thursday, May 6, 2021
13th Annual Government Contractor Awards Gala
5:00pm


A Virtual Event Brought to You Live From the McLean Hilton
Awards Ceremony  5:00 - 6:00pm

Networking Happy Hour 6:00 - 7:00pm, immediately following the awards ceremony  

Attire:  Festive
Cost:  Complimentary
Registration:  Required in advance! Deadline extended - register by May 6 at 12 noon.
Questions?  Contact us info@secaf.org 


Join us to celebrate the 2021 Finalists and Winners!

 
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Monthly Briefing: Emerging Opportunities in Environment and Climate Change - NOAA, NASA, and DoD 
8:00 - 9:30 am
 
The new administration has stated a commitment to make the environment and climate change a policy priority. This program will acquaint you with the environmental and climate change work that is being done, and will be done, in the executive branch departments and agencies of the U.S. federal government; and through the public – private partnerships that are working now, in conjunction with governments.  
 
The panel is a mix of those engaged in national security policy, applied research, conservation, and small business programs.  They will help you understand where the executive branch is today, where it might be in the near future, and how small businesses can contribute.  
 
Moderator:  Mr. Stephen M. James, President and COO, Integrated Systems Solutions, Inc.
 
Speakers: 
  • Dr. Holly A. Bamford - Chief Conservation Officer, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
  • The Honorable John Conger - Director, Center for Climate and Security
  • Mr. Jeffrey D. Hale - Small Business Officer, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Ms. Jennifer D. Perez - Small Business Officer, Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA
  • Dr. Gavin A. Schmidt - Director, Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), NASA 

Thursday, April 8, 2021
Gov Con Member Networking Event 
5:00-6:30pm


Grab your favorite beverage and a snack and join us for a ‘round the room introductions to get to know your fellow Government Contractor SECAF members!

What do they do?
Might there be teaming opportunities?
Can they help you? Can you help them? 
What are the biggest concerns during this crisis?
What are they doing that’s working well?
Enjoy the opportunity to network with your peers. 
This will be a Zoom Meeting. We hope everyone will activate video and audio. We will provide a list of registrants in advance to help facilitate connections.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Webinar Series: Recruiting Strategies Matter to Win Business in 2021 
12:00 - 1:00 PM


With the market for top talent tougher than ever, particularly in cyber, software, and IT, the government is looking for less "tell me" and more "show me" when it comes to your recruiting capabilities.  We'll dig into the government perspective and discuss approaches that make sense for small federal contractors.
 
Government is expecting new levels of agility and performance when it comes to hiring – they are investing in it for their own hiring, and they want to see it from contractors as well.  2021 will see DHS finally activate new commercial-oriented hiring rules so that they can better meet cyber-hiring requirements, while other agencies like the Defense Health Agency (DHA) and Veterans Affairs (VA) are looking for transformation of workforce delivery contracts that heavily favor large companies who can perform against tough recruiting requirements.  The message is clear, “Don’t tell me you can recruit – show me.”  
 
This webinar will focus on the types of hiring requirements that are coming from government RFP’s in 2021 and how small companies can position themselves to compete within this type of framework, on paper to win a bid, and in reality, to fill open jobs and grow.  

Speakers:
  • Aaron McElroy - Founder and CEO of Provato, and Director of Avature Government Solutions
  • Mike Bruni - Talent Acquisition Officer, Talent Acquisition Strategies LLC  

Tuesday, March 9, 2021
8:00- 9:30am
SBIRs – How to take advantage of new opportunities with the Small Business Innovation Research Program

Known as “America’s Seed Fund” the SBIR program provides $3.3 billion annually to startups and small businesses to help transform their ideas into marketable products and services.  The SBIR program is also known as one of the best kept secrets in the world of federal procurement because the ways and means by which innovative companies can take advantage of this program is not well known.

This seminar is geared toward early entrepreneurs with early stage companies in need of capital to take their concepts to market as well as executives of established small businesses that are keen to generate additional revenue streams with novel approaches to the federal governments high tech needs. The seminar will discuss:
  • specific opportunities that are available
  • how to prepare your company to be competitive for a SBIR award
  • ins and outs of preparing an application
  • possibilities for partnering with large businesses under the SBIR program
We’ll also drill down on what it takes to go from Phase I to Phase III and how you can maximize the effectiveness of a SBIR to ensure your company’s success.

Moderated by: 
  • John Williams - Director of Innovation and Technology, Office of Innovation and Technology, Office of Investment and Innovation, U.S. Small Business Administration
Speakers: 
  • Ralph Blakeney - Executive Consultant SBIR/STTR, Technology Transfer & Commercialization Programs
  • Major Andrew Bowne - Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, USAF
  • Ben Ledford - Vice President, Eiden Systems
  • Robyn Snyder - Supplier Diversity Program Manager, Lockheed Martin

Thursday, March 4, 2021
Gov Con Member Networking Event
For SECAF Members only
5:00-6:30pm

Grab your favorite beverage and a snack and join us for a ‘round the room introductions to get to know your fellow Government Contractor SECAF members!
  • What do they do?
  • Might there be teaming opportunities?
  • Can they help you? Can you help them? 
  • What are the biggest concerns during this crisis?
  • What are they doing that’s working well?
  • Enjoy the opportunity to network with your peers. 
This will be a Zoom Meeting. We hope everyone will activate video and audio. We will provide a list of registrants in advance to help facilitate connections.

Join us!  Here's what our members are saying about  virtual networking sessions:
  • Casual and friendly, yet informative and clearly a conduit for collaboration.
  • I liked the chance to see people and also hear of their companies. It was great!
  • This virtual environment via video teleconferencing is the new normal. I was impressed! SECAF has matured as a SB advocacy organization, and that was apparent. Good attendance. Great discussion. 
  • First one I've attended, but video feed made it easier to connect and speak, as opposed to an audio-only bridge.
  • Variety and experience of attendees.
  • I liked the combination of business with cute personal quirk. Great ice breaker, and humanized the artificial Zoom situation.

No cost, but you must register in advance.  Questions? Contact us info@secaf.org

Gov Con Members Only
Register by Wednesday, March 3rd at 3:00pm.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Webinar Series: Selling a Company - Lessons Learned Presented by FON Advisors
12:00 - 1:00 PM

Webinar for ALL SECAF Members
Join us for a candid discussion with two business owners who sold their companies recently.  They'll talk about lessons learned while starting, growing and selling their companies.
  • How did they prepare?
  • What they wish they had known BEFORE they began the journey 
  • What's the most valuable lesson they learned from the process?
  • Top three tips they have for someone who is thinking about selling their company
Who should attend?  CEOs

Moderated by:  Cameron Hamilton, Managing Director, FON Corporate Finance 

Speakers:
  • Donna Alligood – Owner Knowledge Link, Inc.
  • Charles Mathews – President at Executive Information Systems, LLC


Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Webinar Series: How to Implement Compliant Business Processes and Systems 
12:00 - 1:00 PM


Small government contractors will gain insight into the 6 DFARS Business Systems, which business rules and processes can be automated, and what accounting system requirements are critical to achieve compliance. 

Topics to be covered include:
  • What are the six business systems
  • Types of contracts associated with each system
  • Audit authority and responsibility 
  • When an audit is required and what it entails
  • Contracting vehicles and associated business system point

Presented by: Cyndi Dunn, Senior Director, Cordia Partners. 

Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Webinar Series: CMMC Update - What you need to be prepared for in 2021  
12:00-1:00pm Eastern time


The DoD has been trying to implement cybersecurity compliance rules (DFARS 204.252-7012) for the supply chain for several years and there was a lot of activity in this area in 2020 that will affect most government contractors in 2021 and beyond.

 
This webinar will provide details about some of the latest changes/updates to the DoD's cybersecurity compliance programs including:

The DFARS 7012 Interim Rule that went into effect on November 30, 2020
The latest CMMC rollout schedule
The status of the CMMC Accreditation Board and ecosystem
How a new Administration might alter the trajectory of the CMMC program
If and when the rest of the Federal government will adopt the CMMC model

Presented by Tim Brennan, CEO at SysArc and Tony Bai, cybersecurity professional with A-LIGN

Tuesday, February 9, 2021
New DoD Strategy to Optimize Small Business Engagement
8:00- 9:30am

As you may know, in October 2019, the Department of Defense revised its Small Business Strategy.  DoD aims to leverage the might of the millions of entrepreneurs and small business owners across the nation to help secure our future.   Join us to learn about DoD’s goals and objectives to engage small business.  Our panel discussion will focus on tips for small businesses to find opportunities to work with DoD including management, educational and a sample of acquisition tools that could be used to achieve this strategy. 

Our speakers will help you understand the game plan for the Department to accomplish its mission by focusing on three strategic goals: 1) creating and implementing a unified management structure across the Department’s small business workforce; 2) aligning the Department’s small business activities with the 2018 National Defense Strategy (NDS) and 3) supporting documents; and strengthening the DoD’s ability to support the warfighter and serve small businesses.  

The DoD Office of Small Business Programs will offer information about how the DoD will organize the department’s small business management to ensure small businesses remain an important part of contributing to our nation’s defense.  This structure will assist the Department in assessing priorities across stakeholders, identifying opportunities for enhancement, and leveraging the significant efforts of other departments and agencies that also focus on supporting small businesses. 

The discussion will include new small business training requirements for the acquisition workforce to educate new acquisition officials on the role small business perform and operate. Lastly, we’ll hear about small business programs available today in the DoD to leverage and tap into the innovation provided by companies. The overall strategy highlights how the Department is working to identify opportunities to improve its day-to-day support of small businesses, maximize the utility of each individual program, and replicate our most successful tactics across lines of effort.  
 
Who should attend this event? 
  • CEOs and Presidents
  • Business Development Executives
  • Other company officers responsible for business growth and development

Moderator:  Chris Scirpoli - President, Pumex Computing

Speakers:
  • Ken Carkhuff – Small Business Learning Director, Defense Acquisition University
  • Victoria Mundt - Associate Director Office of Small Business Programs, US Department of Defense
  • Rick Tossavainen - CEO, Dark Wolf


Thursday, February 4, 2021
Gov Con Member Networking Event 
5:00-6:30pm


Grab your favorite beverage and a snack and join us for a ‘round the room introductions to get to know your fellow Government Contractor SECAF members!
  • What do they do?
  • Might there be teaming opportunities?
  • Can they help you? Can you help them? 
  • What are the biggest concerns during this crisis?
  • What are they doing that’s working well?
  • Enjoy the opportunity to network with your peers. 
This will be a Zoom Meeting. We hope everyone will activate video and audio. We will provide a list of registrants in advance to help facilitate connections.

Join us!  Here's what our members are saying about  virtual networking sessions:
  • Casual and friendly, yet informative and clearly a conduit for collaboration.
  • I liked the chance to see people and also hear of their companies. It was great!
  • This virtual environment via video teleconferencing is the new normal. I was impressed! SECAF has matured as a SB advocacy organization, and that was apparent. Good attendance. Great discussion. 
  • First one I've attended, but video feed made it easier to connect and speak, as opposed to an audio-only bridge.
  • Variety and experience of attendees.
  • I liked the combination of business with cute personal quirk. Great ice breaker, and humanized the artificial Zoom situation.

Sponsored by:  SysArc

Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Webinar Series: New Legislative and Regulatory Developments Affecting Small Businesses
12:00 - 1:30 PM

 
Webinar hosted by the Chair of SECAF’s Legislative & Regulatory Committee, Devon Hewitt
    
2020 ended with a bang for small business!  In October the Small Business Administration published a lengthy rule overhauling its regulations for virtually every one of its small business programs.  At the very end of the year, Congress passed a new COVID relief bill and the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act both of which also included a number of provisions affecting small businesses.  This webinar will hit the highlights of these new rules including:
• Consolidation of SBA’s All Small and Section 8(a) Mentor/Protégé Programs
• Revisions to “3 in 2” Rule
• Revisions to Joint Venture Regulations
• Revisions to Recertification Requirements
• Transfer of SDVOSB Certification from CVE to SBA
• Extension of Section 8(a) Program
• Expansion of Paycheck Protection Program

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Webinar Series: ABCs of JVs
2:00 - 3:00 pm

 
Presented by Protorae Law 
    
Joint Ventures are all the rage in government contracts.  Mentor/Protege joint ventures allow large businesses access to revenue they otherwise would not have.  Small business joint ventures allow smalls to band together to share resources, past performance and specialized skills.  But joint ventures have many mines for the unwary.  Join Devon Hewitt of Protorae Law to discuss the ABCs of joint ventures including:

 
  • the SBA rules applicable to joint ventures
  • non competes provisions in joint ventures
  • "control" issues in joint ventures
  • withdrawal provisions in joint ventures
  • joint venture logistics 


Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Monthly Briefing: Business Development in 2021
8:00 - 9:30 am Eastern time

Between the COVID-19 pandemic and the turmoil surrounding the change in administrations, small businesses face significant uncertainty as they anticipate and prepare for 2021.  Consequently, the adoption and implementation of a disciplined approach to the pursuit of work with the federal government is more important than ever.  Join us for a candid discussion about how to grow your company and win business with the government in these strange times and beyond.   We will hear from industry and government leaders who will offer practical advice and discuss best practices regarding:  

  • How to position your company to capitalize on opportunities
  • The steps necessary to obtain that first prime contract
  • The most common mistakes made by small businesses and how to avoid them
  • Strategies for healthy partnerships.
Moderator: 
  • Lyn Sherlock -  Senior Partner, Federal, Defense & Aerospace, growth[period], Brigadier General USAF (Retired)
Speakers:
  • Darryle Conway - Chief Growth Officer, Constellis
  • Susan Hayashi - Vice President and Clinical Advancement Center Lead, JBS International 
  • Matthew Johnson - Industry Liaison and Communications Director, Office of Acquisition and Assistance (M/OAA), USAID 
  • Gary Slack -  President and Chief Executive Officer, XLA
  • Teneshia Alston - U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Small Business Goaling Program Manager
 

Thursday, January 7, 2021
SECAF Member Networking Event 
For SECAF Members only
5:00-6:30pm

Grab your favorite beverage and a snack and join us for an informal networking event to get to know your fellow SECAF members!

  • What do they do?
  • Might there be teaming opportunities?
  • How can they help you? Can you help them?
  • What are your biggest concerns during this crisis?
  • What are you doing that’s working well?  What can use help with?
  • Enjoy the opportunity to network with your peers.
This will be a Zoom Meeting limited to about 45 SECAF members with no more than 15 Service Provider members and up to 30 Gov Con members. One person per company, please!  After a brief introduction with all, there will be a couple of Break Out room sessions with a facilitator and a small number of people in each room.  Come prepared with a one-minute elevator speech about your company.  Discussion will follow at the direction of the facilitator.  We hope everyone will activate video and audio. We will provide a list of registrants in advance to help facilitate connections. We look forward to seeing you!

Join us!  Here's what our members are saying about virtual networking sessions:
  • Casual and friendly, yet informative and clearly a conduit for collaboration.
  • I liked the chance to see people and also hear of their companies. It was great!
  • This virtual environment via video teleconferencing is the new normal. I was impressed! SECAF has matured as a SB advocacy organization, and that was apparent. Good attendance. Great discussion.
  • First one I've attended, but video feed made it easier to connect and speak, as opposed to an audio-only bridge.
  • Variety and experience of attendees.
  • I liked the combination of business with cute personal quirk. Great ice breaker and humanized the artificial Zoom situation.