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8(a) certification extended

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8(a) certification extended to 10 years for companies admitted before 9/9/2020

From page 400 of the FY2021 NDAA (Public Law No: 116-283):

“SEC. 889. EXTENSION OF PARTICIPATION IN 8(A) PROGRAM.

(a) IN GENERAL.—The Administrator of the Small Business Administration shall ensure that a small business concern participating in the program established under section 8(a) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 637) on or before September 9, 2020, may elect to extend such participation by a period of 1 year, regardless of whether the small business concern previously elected to suspend participation in the program pursuant to guidance of the Administrator.

(b) EMERGENCY RULEMAKING AUTHORITY.—Not later than 15 days after the date of enactment of this section, the Administrator shall issue regulations to carry out this section without regard to the notice requirements under section 553(b) of title 5, United States Code.

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Changes to SBA WOSB/EDWOSB Certification

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It’s important to be aware of the SBA’s new certification process for WOSB/EDWOSB. As of October 15, 2020, all new WOSB/EDWOSB set asides posted in this socio-economic category will only be awarded to firms who have officially applied for, and were approved by, the SBA on their new site, https://beta.certify.sba.gov/. If you are only self-certified in the old site, certify.sba.gov, you will not be qualified to bid on new set asides and still need to apply through the new site. If you are third party certified, you still need to apply on the new site and need to upload your 3rd party certifier certificate.  

As a PTAC client, assistance in the certification process is part of the service we provide free of charge.  We have already assisted dozens of firms to successfully navigate the application process so please allow us to go through the process with you. If you want to know more about how we may assist with this process please reach out to your counselor or email us directly at ptac@gmu.edu. Not yet a client? Learn more: https://virginiaptac.org/services/counseling/  

Lisa Wood

Statewide Director of the Virginia PTAC

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Battelle Need Small Businesses

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As part of the commitment to leveraging the small business community throughout their organization, Battelle needs small business partners to join their electronic-ordering databases, “PunchOut“ and “Coupa”!

Left Brain Professionals is partnering with Battelle due to their vast network to small businesses of all certifications –Veteran Owned, Woman Owned, 8(a) –throughout multiple industries.

Over the next few weeks, Battelle’s goal is to double their accepted suppliers in the spend categories of:

(1) Chemicals

(2) Computer and Information Technologies (CIT) peripherals

(3) Compressed Gas (4) Electronic Components

(5) Lab Supplies

(6) Life Science

(7) MRO

(8) Shipping

(9) Office Supplies. Suppliers, including resellers, are welcome to apply. 

Both the PunchOut and Coupa applications utilize the cXML data format, which is a requirement for all suppliers to meet. The data interface for PunchOut is via PeopleSoft 9.0 and PeopleTools 8.50.27.

Additionally, all suppliers:

(1) must have active virus protection and email security applied,

(2) be able to support both applications,

(3) have the ability to ship anywhere in the continental United States (CONUS), including Alaska and Hawaii, and the US Territory of Puerto Rico.

All purchase orders and all invoices must originate from and be processed within the applications. An official request for proposal (RFP) will be executed, by spend category, via the Scout program in the upcoming weeks. Notice of the opening of the RFP will be sent to registered parties only.

Companies interested in participating that meet the capability requirements of both the PunchOut and Coupa applications are encouraged to contact Left Brain Professionals’ project liaison at their earliest convenience for a brief discussion prior to being included in any spend category’s RFP distribution list.

Questions about the PunchOut and/or Coupa applications should be communicated to Melissa Metzger for coordination of response.

Melissa Metzger, MAFM, at (614-556-4415) or melissa@leftbrainpro.com,

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