SBA 101: Small Business Contracting


CLE credits earned: 1.5 GENERAL Credit (WA 1.5 Law and Legal)

Federal Government programs intended to maximize opportunities for small businesses can be complicated and the potential penalties for noncompliance are harsh. This webinar will explore the fundamental rules governing set-asides, small business size status and eligibility, and teaming arrangements, as well as procedures for challenging the eligibility of competitors. Participants will walk away with a baseline understanding of current small business contracting concepts and rules they need to begin counseling small and large businesses interested in federal set-aside programs.

Key topics to be discussed:

• Federal Government Set-Aside Programs
• Determining Contractor Eligibility
• Joint Ventures and Mentor-Protégé Programs
• Prosecuting and Defending Size Protests

Date / Time: July 16, 2020

•   1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Eastern
•   12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Central
•   11:00 am – 12:30 pm Mountain
•   10:00 am – 11:30 am Pacific

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•   Live Video Broadcast/Re-Broadcast: Watch Program “live” in real-time, must sign-in and watch program on date and time set above. May ask questions during presentation via chat box. Qualifies for “live” CLE credit.
•   On-Demand Video: Access CLE 24/7 via on-demand library and watch program anytime. Qualifies for self-study CLE credit. On-demand versions are made available 5 business days after the original recording date and are view-able for up to one year.
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Original Broadcast Date: July 16, 2020

Eric Whytsell | Stinson Practice Group

Eric Whytsell is an experienced government contracts lawyer who represents clients’ interests through counseling, negotiation, and litigation. His clients include multinational corporations as well as small and mid-sized businesses in a variety of sectors, including technology and IT services, R&D, defense, cybersecurity, transportation, construction, manufacturing, financial services, education, health care, and biotech. Eric advises on federal, state and local procurement and other complex compliance issues throughout the life cycle of the contracting process. Clients rely on his counsel from pre-proposal opportunity and risk assessment, through compliance with solicitation requirements, award capture, and contract performance, to termination and close-out. Along the way, he helps clients understand and address a wide variety of issues, including: business ethics and conduct; government contractor-specific employment laws; privacy and data security; sourcing restrictions; M&A due diligence and contract novation; security clearances; cost and pricing; small business and socio-economic programs; and export controls. Eric also supports client success by negotiating contracts, subcontracts, teaming and joint venture agreements, and IP development agreements and licenses with contractors, commercial and non-profit entities, and institutions of higher education. If disputes or potential problems arise, he advocates for his clients in bid and size protests, contractor and government claims, and appeals. In addition, he guides clients through audits and investigations, terminations, and suspension and debarment issues. In addition to helping clients analyze and address cybersecurity and other government contracts-specific compliance issues, Eric supports companies of all types in their efforts to understand and properly manage compliance risks relating to export controls, sanctions, and foreign ownership restrictions. Regardless of the problems he is working to help solve, Eric’s approach reflects his belief in the importance of cogent analysis, effective communication, and a focus on the client’s bottom line. Eric recently ended a three-year term on the governing Council of the American Bar Association’s Public Contract Law Section. He currently serves as a Vice-Chair of ABA Section of Public Contract Law, State and Local Committee, Intellectual Property Committee, and Strategic Alliances, Teaming and Subcontracting Committee. Eric has co-edited two books on subcontract flow downs and written extensively on other government contract matters. He frequently lectures and conducts training on government contracting, cybersecurity, export controls, and intellectual property issues.

Roddy Stieger | Stinson Practice Group

Roddy Stieger is a commercial business attorney and litigator, advises on public and private contract issues, bid protests, claims and appeals, as well as commercial disputes. He leverages extensive litigation experience and a commonsense business approach to help clients across a diverse array of industries navigate government contacts disputes and commercial litigation to achieve business outcomes. Roddy advises government contractors on issues relating to municipal, state, and federal government procurements, contracts and subcontracts and helps in their pursuit of defense of federal, state, and local bid protests, claims and appeals before the Government Accountability Office, Boards of Contract Appeals, and Court of Federal Claims. He also handles commercial litigation disputes and provides general business advice on a variety of contractual, compliance, and risk management issues. Roddy has represented a wide range of industries including construction, real estate, energy, technology, research and engineering, aerospace, and defense.

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