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  July 03, 2019 SBA Finally Proposes a Regulation to Harmonize Its Receipts-Based Size Standards with the Small Business Runway Extension Act of 2018 On June 24, 2019, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) finally proposed a regulation which would harmonize its receipts-based size standard regulation with the Congressional directive of the Small Business Runway Extension Act of 2018 (SBREA).    January 30, 2019 What Should You Do If You've Been Denied SWaM Certification or Recertification? In a previous post, we discussed what it means to be SWaM certified, how SWaM certification can help your business obtain work with the Commonwealth of Virginia, which paid nearly $9.8 billion to private contractors in fiscal year 2018, and the hurdles of obtaining certification.   January 18, 2019 What Congress Giveth to Small Business, the SBA Says Not So Fast In our December 26, 2018 blog post, we addressed the Small Business Recovery Extension Act of 2018, by which Congress extended to five years the lookback period for averaging receipts in determining small business size under revenue based NAICS codes.   December 26, 2018 Congress' Holiday Gift To Small Businesses - Two Years For many businesses, the transition from being a “small business concern” to an “other than small” concern can be traumatic, not unlike the neophyte daredevil being shot out of a circus cannon and hoping that there will be a soft landing at the other end. Without the small business benefits like set-asides, joint venture and mentor protégé arrangements, and the lighter regulatory compliance burdens, the challenges for a company increase substantially. When one adds on the need to confront the harsher open competition environment with larger competitors that may no longer view the emerging entity with a welcoming attitude, the challenge may become overwhelming for some.   November 01, 2018 Get SWaM Certified in Virginia and Win! When it comes to new business opportunities for small businesses, there are two potentially lucrative markets that are sometimes overlooked: the state and local governments.   September 12, 2018 3 IP Questions Every Government Contractor Must Ask Before Entering a Corporate Transaction One of the roles of John Cleese in the comic movie “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” was Tim the Enchanter. Tim the Enchanter posed three questions to the Knights of the Round Table to determine if they would be allowed to cross a Bridge of Death to reach the Holy Grail, or would be thrown into a chasm. This blog entry poses three less dangerous, but nevertheless important, intellectual property questions for government contractors that may participate in some form of a corporate transaction, whether it be a sale of stock, merger, sale of assets, or even a secured investment.   June 21, 2018 What To Do When The OFCCP Comes Knocking If you are a member of the government contracting community, you probably have some familiarity with the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), an arm of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).   February 20, 2018 When Deal Making and Government Consent Merge: The Who, What, When, Where, and Why of Novation Agreements Over the past year, there has been a tremendous amount of merger and acquisition activity, and the government contracting industry has been no exception.   February 09, 2018 Risky Business of the False Claims Act, Part II – What Your Business Needs to Know About the FCA & How You Might Encounter It In Part I of our False Claims Act (FCA) blog series, we examined the evolution of the FCA and why some understanding of its parameters is important to businesses engaged in, among others, the government contracts, medical, financial services and senior housing sectors.   October 26, 2017 Williams Mullen Launches GovCon Perspectives Podcast