During the first week of April 2016, The Contracting Education Academy at Georgia Tech is repeating its popular three-day course that delves into the intricacies of the government’s Small Business Programs.
The course focuses on the government’s efforts to improve small business participation in both prime contracting and subcontracting.
The class will be held in the world-class Global Learning Center on Georgia Tech’s campus in midtown Atlanta. Registration details may be found by clicking here.
Known as “CON 260B – Small Business Programs,” the course is a Defense Acquisition University (DAU) level 2 contracting course that goes a long way to ensure that those in the acquisition field – Defense and civilian agencies alike – are more aware of and responsive to small business goals.
Historically, this class was designed for small business specialists, however The Academy has fashioned this class so that it is applicable to all interested parties – contracting officers and contracting staff, small business specialists from all agencies, small business advocates, as well as prime contractors and small business themselves.
A review of DAU’s prerequisite course, CON 260A, is included in the Contracting Academy’s CON 260B course.
Small business participation in federal contracting is a high-profile issue. For example, a recent Department of Defense (DoD) memo (seen here) reiterates how essential small businesses are to our nation’s economic recovery because they produce more jobs, represent a major source of innovative solutions to warfighter needs that help maintain our status as the world’s finest military, and contribute more to gross domestic output. The Contracting Academy is committed to supporting DoD and other agency directives aimed at achieving higher levels of small business participation in federal contracting.
Contracting officers — and all leaders who manage budgets and allocate funds for contracts — are collectively responsible for achieving the government’s 23 percent small business goal. To ensure that this responsibility is met, many federal agencies’ senior executives are evaluated and held accountable for small business participation in contracting. A mandatory performance requirement for supporting this goal includes language that “establishes a command or program climate that is responsive to small business concerns.”
The Academy’s CON 260B is very relevant to the training needs of everyone involved in the process of seeing to it that small businesses participate in government contracting and subcontracting opportunities. This includes, of course, small businesses themselves as well as large businesses who are required to establish small business subcontracting goals.
The Academy offers CON 260B, a 3-day course, as an open enrollment course which virtually ensures seating for all registrants. Register here for the next CON 260B – Small Business Programs class at Georgia Tech in Atlanta.
2.1 CEUs are granted to those successfully completing this course.
This 3-day course is also available for instruction at your site. For more information or to make arrangements, call 404-894-6109 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.