Start Date: 10/14/2020 8:00 AM EDT
End Date: 10/14/2020 9:30 AM EDT
Venue Name: Zoom Webinar
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Register by Tuesday, October 13 at 12:00pm.
SBA in FY21: What’s Ahead for the Small Business Programs
As we gear up for FY21, there are a number of important developments and initiatives underway at the Small Business Administration that will impact its small business procurement programs and regulations this year and into the future. As a small business contractor, it is critical for you to stay abreast of these changes because of how they will shape your pursuit of set-aside work with the federal government.
Please join us on October 14th for an informative panel discussion with two key decision-makers from SBA, Barbara Carson, Deputy Associate Administrator for the Office of Government Contracting and Business Development, U.S. Small Business Administration’s and Sam Le, Deputy Associate General Counsel for Procurement Law, U.S. Small Business Administration And the panel will be moderated by John Shoraka, a former SBA official who is currently Managing Director, GovContractPros (GCP).
Moderator: John Shoraka - Managing Director, GovContractPros (GCP)
- Barbara Carson - Deputy Associate Administrator for the Office of Government Contracting and Business Development, U.S. Small Business Administration’s
- Sam Le - Deputy Associate General Counsel for Procurement Law, U.S. Small Business Administration
John Shoraka currently serves at the Managing Director of GovContractPros (GCP). As Managing Director, he assists small business government contractors in all phases of their business lifecycle including navigation of the federal marketplace, business development, certification for and compliance with small business set-aside programs, teaming and mentor-protégé arrangements, and financing and acquisition. GCP, as a core value, works on pro bono basis, supporting various industry associations and conducting outreach to relevant Congressional committees to educate the staff on the benefits of the small business programs and strategies to strengthen them.
The professional services space to support federal contractors is saturated with companies that seek to make lots of money while driving little to no value. GCP has competitive challenges with clients whose trust has been damaged by unscrupulous actors within the space. The GCP values of “only charging for work we do” and “delivering results” are seemingly intuitive or basic, but in fact are truly differentiating against many competitors.
Since inception, GCP has assisted over 75 companies directly as company clients and 500+ companies through publicly available training and educational presentations.
John Shoraka is the former Associate Administrator of Government Contracting and Business Development at the U.S. Small Business Administration. Shoraka’s knowledge of the government contracting marketplace derives from decades of both infield private sector and public sector practice.
As outgoing Associate Administrator of SBA, Shoraka was responsible for overseeing the federal government’s small business set-aside programs. His responsibilities included the Business Development/8(a) program, HUBZone, WOSB and SDVOSB programs. He was responsible for the Office of Size Standards, the federal government’s small business goaling program as well as the federal government’s small business prime and subcontracting programs.
Shoraka worked closely with the White House, Office of Federal Procurement Policy and Senior Administration officials in crafting best practices for accomplishing small business procurement goals.
Shoraka has deep understanding of the federal government contracting legislative and regulatory landscape. He was responsible for implementing procurement provisions of the Small Business Jobs Act (including the All Small Mentor Protégé Program) as well as the National Defense Authorization Acts of FY13-16 (including sole source authority for the WOSB program). He represented the SBA and the Obama Administration in hearings before Congress, including hearings with the House Small Business Committee, House Armed Services Committee, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.
Barbara Carson is the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Deputy Associate Administrator for the Office of Government Contracting and Business Development. She joined the SBA in June 2013.
In this role, Carson advocates for small business contracting opportunities in federal agencies and enhances SBA federal procurement programs including 8(a), HUBZone, Woman-Owned Small Business and All Small Mentor Protégé programs. She and her team support thousands of small businesses every year as they compete for over $500 billion in federal prime contracts and billions more in subcontracts.
In her previous assignment, Carson served as the SBA’s Associate Administrator for the Office of Veterans Business Development. Her military background was an asset to the program, having served over 20 years as an active duty and reserve officer.
Carson is also Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve (USAFR), assigned to the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Office of Public Affairs. Her experience includes nuclear command and control and public affairs assignments across the United States, Japan and Europe.
Sam Le is the Deputy Associate General Counsel for Procurement Law at the U.S. Small Business Administration. He advises SBA officials on small business government contracting programs, and represents SBA before GAO, the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals, and the Office of Hearings and Appeals. Sam received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Virginia.
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