Senators Cross Partisan Lines to Sponsor Act to Encourage Entrepreneurs

On May 22, 2012, U.S. Sens. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and Chris Coons (D-Del.) introduced Startup Act 2.0, bipartisan legislation aimed at jumpstarting the economy by helping entrepreneurs succeed. This proposal takes Moran and Warner’s original Startup Act and merges it with Coons and Rubio’s AGREE Act, building upon the […]

VA Training Event Helps Entrepreneurs Clear Hurdles Toward Certification

ORB was delighted to attend the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Verification Training at the Women’s Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery on June 7, 2012. The event was hosted by our good friends WAVE — Women As Veteran Entrepreneurs — and was well attended by veteran business owners and knowledgeable personnel from the VA. The […]

Women Entrepreneurs: Solid Preparation Required If You Want to Qualify Under 8(a) Program

The purpose of the 8(a) program run by the federal Small Business Administration (SBA) is to help small companies owned and operated by socially and economically disadvantaged persons to develop their businesses. Companies that qualify under 8(a) have the advantage of certain preferences in government contracting. Under federal regulations for the program, businesses owned by […]

Bidders Beware: Follow the Government’s Rules or Risk Losing the Contract

Read any bid protest decision issued by the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) and you will see that the losers are frequently reminded of their responsibility to submit adequately written and affirmatively stated proposals that clearly and unambiguously demonstrate their strengths in the areas specified by the contracting agency. Even incumbent contractors who have developed […]

When There’s a Mistake in a Contract Bid: What You Should Do

There’s been a lot of discussion recently about mistakes in bids for federal contracts. Mistakes can happen, particularly when bidders are rushed (and who isn’t rushed when preparing and submitting a bid?). Mistakes can be minor and waivable at the government’s discretion; they can be subject to correction in certain situations; or they can result […]