This seminar will explore the various Federal and State set-aside programs through a discussion about the qualifications and benefits for each of these classifications or programs. The federal set-aside programs to be explored include those for veteran owned businesses; women owned businesses; HubZone Certification; and 8-A Certification. An explanation will be provided on what qualifies a company to be considered a small disadvantaged business. The seminar will detail which classifications require self certification and which require formal certification. An overview of the State of Connecticutís Supplier Diversity Program will be presented along with an explanation of the Department of Transportationís Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program (DBE).
After exploring the cited set-aside programs the seminar will demonstrate the websites for locating federal bids over $25,000 and the Stateís bid portal where state and municipal bids can be found. Through specific searches in these bid portals companies will learn how to locate various bids along with solicitations restricted under socio-economic headings. The seminar will also demonstrate the databases where certified companies are found.
Among other topics covered is how a businessís size standard is determined using the North American Industry Classification (NAICS) System. Details will be provided to show how to obtain a DUNS Number required by the SAM registration.
There will be a brief discussion about services offered by the Connecticut Procurement Technical Assistance Program (CT PTAP) and the Small Business Administration (SBA).
The program is designed to be interactive so that all questions are welcome. Brien Robertson, Director of Procurement Technical Assistance Program will present the seminar along with Lisa Powell, Economic Development Specialist from the SBA.