small business

  • Artificial intelligence offers promise for startups in national security

    Cybersecurity and artificial intelligence small businesses in the greater Washington region will likely see an injection of federal funding in the coming year.

  • Threat to industry and government: Category management

    Russell Smith, the president of Organizational Communications Inc., encourages other vendors to speak out against the Obama administration’s category management effort.

  • Ken Dodds: Breaking down SBA’s new mentor-protégé rules

    For years, the mentor-protégé program at the Small Business Administration paired large, established businesses with small, disadvantaged companies to improve the little guys’ chances of winning federal contracts. Now the SBA has finalized a major revision to the mentor-protégé rules. Ken Dodds, director of planning and liaison in the government contracting office at SBA, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin to explain what the changes mean.

  • The top issues affecting small contractors

    What are the top marketing issues affecting small contractors? Find out when consultant Bob Davis joins host Mark Amtower on this week’s Amtower Off Center. June 20, 2016

  • Congress mulls new way to dispute SBA size standards

    A new bill would let companies challenge the agency through an administrative process that promises to be simpler and cheaper than litigation. Witnesses at a congressional hearing said they feared new size standards would alter competition for $200 billion in small-business set asides.

  • Rep. Chabot takes new approach to increasing small business contracting

    A new bill from the House Small Business Committee chairman would require SBA to develop a new methodology to measure how effective agencies are in ensuring small firms receive prime and subcontracts awards.

  • New year may bring more small business help from Washington

    Gridlock in Washington in recent years has stalled tax bills and other legislation aimed at helping small companies, but such proposals are expected to be on the agenda in the Republican-led Congress.

  • Contracting Myth No. 9 – Only the big guys succeed

    Congress ranks small business right up there with motherhood and apple pie. Small businesses should take advantage of this fact, says contracting expert Tim Sullivan.

  • GSA wins last bid protest, reopens office supplies contract

    The Government Accountability Office denied the sixth and final protest of the OS3 strategic sourcing contract awards. GSA expects the contract to save the government $90 million a year.

  • Glenn Delgado, Associate Administrator Office of Small Business Programs, NASA

    For the first time in nearly a decade, the government earned an ‘A’ for meeting its small business contracting goals. That’s 23 percent of contracting dollars across the government. NASA got the equivalent of an ‘A+’. Nearly 30 percent of its contracts went to small and disadvantaged businesses. How did they do it? Glenn Delgado is associate administrator of NASA’s Office of Small Business Programs. He told Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive that the commitment starts at the top.