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Introduction to Federal Government Contracting Small Business Programs

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Produced on December 11, 2018

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Course Information

Time 1h 1m
Difficulty Advanced

Course Description

Federal small business preference programs provide significant opportunities for small businesses to do business with the federal government and with large federal contractors. Federal government small business contracting, however, comes with significant risks.

In this course, attorneys Steve Ramaley, who has represented many small and large businesses and has testified before Congress on small business issues, and Chris Denny, who counsels small and large businesses on federal small business laws and regulations, will address: (1) the origins of the federal small business programs; (2) the creation and role of the Small Business Administration (“SBA”); (3) the purpose and objectives of the federal small business programs; and (4) the requirements of the federal small business programs, including the rules regarding program eligibility, participation, and graduation, with the goal of demystifying this complex and ever-changing area of law. In addition, this course will address the risks – including the significant government resources that are committed to enforcing program rules and punishing those firms and individuals who fraudulently claim status as a small business or fraudulently work with small businesses to take advantage of their status.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the purpose and objectives of each of SBA’s small business preference programs - small business, service-disabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB), women-owned small business (WOSB), small business in Historically-Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone), and small business in the 8(a) Business Development Program
  2. Address the relevant criteria for a business to qualify under each program and how SBA determines affiliation between two or more businesses, the consequences for such a determination, and how to organize and manage businesses to mitigate and manage affiliation risks
  3. Break down the rules for how and when contracts are set aside for, or sole-sourced to, small businesses and understand how large and small businesses can work together without triggering affiliation between the companies, including prime/sub, the 50% rule, joint venturing, and subcontracting plan participation
  4. Discuss what happens to existing contracts when a small business is acquired by a larger company, among other rules related to mergers and acquisitions
  5. Analyze recent and forecasted rule changes that have or will change the small business contracting marketplace and understand how size status can be challenged, and also why and how the Government punishes firms and individuals that have defrauded the SBA’s programs

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Stephen P. Ramaley

Miles & Stockbridge P.C.

Steve Ramaley, an associate at Miles & Stockbridge, is a government contracts and grants lawyer. Steve assists public and private entities with government contract and grant compliance; government audits and fraud investigations; small business preference programs, domestic preference rules (BAA/TAA) and export control laws; intellectual property rights and cyber-security; subcontractor and teaming agreements; and other matters relating to domestic and international commerce.

Steve received his JD, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from American University Washington College of Law in 2011, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the International Law Review. Steve was an Echols Scholar as an undergraduate student at the University of Virginia, from which he earned degrees in Government & Foreign Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies.

Christopher Denny

Turner Construction Company

Chris Denny is a government contracts lawyer. Chris assists his clients with a range of government contracting issues including: small business program compliance (SBA, DOT, state and local programs); Buy American Act compliance, labor compliance (Davis-Bacon and Service Contract Act); and negotiating subcontracts and teaming agreements. Chris also has experience handling bid protest litigation and managing government contract claims and disputes.

Chris received his JD, magna cum laude, from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in 2013, where he served as a title editor of the law review. During law school, Chris served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Robert Young Jr. of the Michigan Supreme Court. Chris earned his undergraduate degree in Finance from Michigan State University’s Eli Broad College of Business.


Heather M.

Really good overview with enough detail without losing interest

Patra L.

I liked the fact that their slides were packed full of important info and that their presentation really tracked the slides

stephanie c.

Informative engaging speaker

michael g.

Very succinct and clear discussion of the small business issues involved with federal government contracts.

Cacilia M.

Great course. I own a small business so this was very helpful.

Frank M.

Excellent presentation.

Thomas G.


Frank B.

Very good introductory course that also went into some detail on some small business issues.

Jessica B.

Good coverage of the subject

Elayna P.

These speakers were awesome. Energetic, knowledgeable, articulate. Thanks!

Paul G.

Thank you!


Great course!

Marion C.

enjoyed having two presenters that worked well together

Pamela S.

Very good coverage of the subject

Yvonne Y.

Interesting topic!

Shafeek S.

Excellent! Particularly Stephen Ramaley was very knowledgeable.

Edward C.

Well presented - knowledgeable speakers and interesting delivery.

Timothy T.

excellent very detailed written material

Shannen N.

This was a great program that provided a strong overview on the different programs.

Robert K.

clear and comprehensive

Michelle S.

This had the right amount of detail for a Small Biz Government Contracting 101 seminar. Thank you.

nazmeen s.

Great presentation!

Gregory D.

very informative

John C.

Good overview

Mary Carol D.

I hope somebody tells Stephen Ramaley that he is an excellent presenter.

Brad B.

good course

Sharon L.

Great overview. Appropriate for beginners in this area, such as myself.

John C B.

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