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Navigating Small Business and Disadvantaged Business Opportunities

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 92 minutes
Recorded Date: February 09, 2018
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12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
  • SBA Reforms and Regulations
  • Recent Developments in State and Local Small Business Programs
  • Small Businesses in Construction
  • Large Business Challenges
Runtime: 1 hour and 32 minutes
Recorded: February 9, 2018


Small businesses receive billions of dollars in federal, state, and local contracts every year. Accessing these funds, however, requires companies, and their counsel, to navigate nuanced rules on how to determine which companies are small, who qualifies for various socio-economic categories, and how these firms can work with larger entities.

The expansion of SBA’s mentor-prot?g? program to include all small businesses has only increased the small business share of the market and the complexities related to regulating it. At the same time, while small business award dollars are increasing, there is a consolidation in the number of small business entities receiving awards.

Topics will include:
  • Emerging small business issues and opportunities
  • Constitutional challenges to preference programs
  • Subcontracting, partnering, and joint ventures
  • The role of small business credits in award decisions
  • State/local-, minority-, and women-owned business enterprises
This program was recorded on February 9th, 2018.

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American Bar Association
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Robb Wong

Associate Administrator
SBA (Small Business Administration)

Robb Wong was sworn in as Associate Administrator, Office of Government Contracting and Business Development (GCBD) in March of 2017 where he advocates for small businesses and represents them on behalf of the President of the United States. Robb has a depth of experience focused on small business. He started his career as an SBA attorney in the Office of General Counsel then was a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Houston District Office and later was the SBA acting District Director/Counsel in the Lubbock District Office. From 1996 to 2017 Robb was CEO for several small businesses that successfully used SBA’s products and programs to enhance their growth. His SBA experience, coupled with his business acumen, fuels his passion to promote the growth of today’s small businesses in the federal marketplace. Robb’s philosophy is cemented in the belief that small businesses are the job generators that will help make America great again.

He is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center. Historically, the AA/GCBD oversees over $500 billion in total federal spending within the federal market place and helps ensure that small businesses can compete for federal opportunities.

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Keith M. Wiener

Holland & Knight LLP

Keith M. Wiener is an attorney and partner in Holland & Knight's Atlanta office and serves as the firmwide leader of both the State and Local Government Procurement Team and Government Representation Team. Mr. Wiener is also the leader of the Georgia Government Contracts and Procurement Team. He practices in the areas of government law, government contracts and procurement, public transportation, public private partnerships (P3s), construction, healthcare state procurement, government relations, RFP/RFQ compliance, bid proposals, bid protests and disputes, affirmative action, disparity studies, MBE/WBE/DBE/ACDBE/SBE/SBA/EBO programs, civil rights, diversity, 49 CFR Part 26, 49 CFR Part 23, administrative and regulatory law, land use and zoning, public finance and public policy litigation.

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Jennifer Morrison

Deputy Chief Counsel
Dell Technologies, Inc.

Jennifer Morrison is the Deputy Chief Counsel at Dell Technologies.

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