Monthly Archives: May 2012

SBA Proposes Rules for Set-Asides for Multiple Award Contracts

On May 16, SBA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to address the use of set-asides on multiple award contracts and to clarify the regulations on bundling and contract consolidation. This proposed rule would amend SBA’s regulations to implement the

It’s All About Connections . . . So Get To Know KCSourceLink and USSourceLink

We all know that startups, entrepreneurs, and small business owners have passion, an idea, and an incredible commitment to turn that idea into a reality. What they do not have is a lot of free time to find all the

SBA Announces National Small Business Week Video Contest Winners

  by Karen Mills, SBA Administrator At the U.S. Small Business Administration, we have the great privilege to work with many amazing small business owners. Every day I see how small businesses are creating an economy built to last and living

Capitol Hill Connection for the Week of May 21

Each week while Congress is in session the Office of Advocacy posts a highlights schedule of congressional hearings and committee markups that we think will be of interest to stakeholders in the small business community. For further information on the

Asian-Pacific Immigrants, Yesterday and Today

Since 1992, the United States has recognized May as Asian-Pacific Heritage Month, celebrating the culture and history of Asian-Pacific Americans. My family’s American experience began with my grandfather, who emigrated from China in the 1920s. The 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act

Comments on Incorporation By Reference (IBR) of private technical standards Due June 1

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is requesting public input on issues related to Incorporation By Reference (IBR) of private technical standards and conformity assessment activities and whether and how to amend OMB Circular A-119 (Federal Participation in the

Proposed Changes to Size and Eligibility for Small Business Innovation and Research Program

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) proposes to amend its regulations governing size and eligibility for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs.    The proposed rule addresses ownership, control and affiliation for participants in the

NOAA Proposes Rules Requiring Shrimp Boats to use Turtle Excluder Devices

On May 10, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration proposed rules to withdraw the alternative tow time restriction and require all skimmer trawls, pusher-head trawls, and wing nets (butterfly trawls) rigged for fishing to use turtle excluder devices (TEDs) in

Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes 4(d) Special Rule for the Polar Bear

On April 19, the Fish and Wildlife Service proposed a special rule under authority of section 4(d) of the Endangered Species Act with respect to the conservation of the polar bear. This proposed 4(d) special rule, in most instances, synchronizes the

The Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: Think Biology 101

An “entrepreneurial ecosystem” is more than a buzzword, it’s the coordination of like-minded entities, individuals, or institutions to form a network to help create, grow, and sustain business development. Understanding and sustaining the ecosystem is critical for the long-term viability