PilieroMazza is a Proud Sponsor of the NCAIED Reservation Economic Summit on March 5-8, 2018

March 5, 2018

Join PilieroMazza as we support the
National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development
at the RES Annual Conference in Las Vegas on March 5-8, 2018

The Reservation Economic Summit (RES) events are an integral part of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s ongoing commitment to the Native American Business Community. The RES events provide unparalleled access to respected tribal leaders, members of congress, federal agency representatives, state and local elected officials and top CEO’s on both a regional and national platform. [more conference info]

At the conference, plan to attend the following sessions where PilieroMazza will be participating:

Key Employment and Labor Issues Affecting Tribal Entities

As tribal entities, ANCs and NHOs continue to grow and enter into contracts and subcontracts; it is critical they understand the common concerns that affect all businesses. This session will explore labor and employment issues important to tribal corporations, ANCs and NHOs, including the Fair Labor Standards Act. In addition, the session will address the scope of 8(a) companies’ waiver of tribal sovereign immunity and the effect of indemnity provisions on sovereign immunity.
Monday, March 5, 2018 from 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Nichole Atallah - Partner, Labor & Employment Group, will be one of the presenters.

Contracting and Procurement

This session will provide an introduction to government contracting, describing prime and subcontracting assistance programs, Small Business Administration (SBA) certification programs, as well as the Set-Aside programs (aka: the WOSB, SDVOSB, HUBZone and 8(a) programs). Also outlined and discussed will be the different vehicles used by the federal government to purchase goods and services and a list of resources available to small businesses.
Monday, March 5, 2018 from 1:30 - 3:00 pm
John Shoraka, Managing Director, Advisory Services Group, will be one of the presenters.


Contracting and Procurement - Financing Options for Government Contractors

Innovation and growth comes with a cost. Whether you’ve been awarded a major contract or decided to grow your firm through acquisition, you need financing to make this happen. Explore the range of financing solutions, specifically how refinancing existing debt, acquisition financing, contract mobilization financing and lines of credit can help contractors achieve new levels of growth. Consider comparison of products of the U.S. Small Business Administration and FinTech debt and factoring alternatives. Learn from case studies of contractors who have selected and utilized financing approaches that have moved them forward with success.
Monday, March 5, 2018 from 3:15 - 4:45 pm
Jon Williams - Partner, Government Contracts, and John Shoraka, Managing Director, Advisory Services Group, will be the presenters.

Technology - Being Tech Savvy: Mitigate Risk of Insider and Cyber Threats

The impact of a cyber-attack on your business, can affect your brand, customer trust, and company moral. Cyber security goes beyond the realm of IT, and requires full attention and engagement across the business. Use technology to know your insider threats, join senior cyber security experts to hear the latest cyber security strategies and best practices that any tribe, tribally owned company, ANC or business should be implementing to help mitigate risk and avoid an attack.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 from 3:45 - 5:15 pm
Jon Williams - Partner, Government Contracts, will be the moderator.

Mentor-Protégé Relationships - Value Propositions to Mentors and Protégés

Mentors serve valuable roles for budding entrepreneurs and small businesses learning to navigate markets, build strong business relationships, develop strategies to capture new work, and become great partners and capable competitors. To foster these types of relationships in federal procurement, federal agencies, including the U.S. Small Business Administration and the U.S. Department of Defense, authorize Mentor-Protégé Programs. The SBA recently implemented new regulations broadening its program to include all small businesses. Attend this session to learn more about these Mentor-Protégé programs, how they differ, and how they can be utilized by major contractors and their protégés.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 10:15-11:15 am
John Shoraka, Managing Director, Advisory Services Group, will be the moderator.
Megan Connor - Partner, Government Contracts, will be a panelist.

Successful Defense of a Size Appeal Before SBA's OHA

February 2, 2018
Size Appeal of Chenega Support Services, LLC, SBA No. SIZ-5874 (2017)

PilieroMazza successfully defended a size appeal before the SBA’s Office of Hearings and Appeals (“OHA”), allowing the awardee to maintain an important contract award. The Air Force awarded the contract in December 2016. No size protests were filed, but two competitors filed bid protests with GAO. In response to the bid protests, the Air Force took corrective action but did not terminate the contract. In October 2017, the Air Force completed its corrective action and confirmed the original contract award. A competitor subsequently filed a size protest against the awardee. SBA dismissed the size protest as untimely, concluding that because the original contract award was not terminated, and no size protest was filed within five days after the original notice of award, it was too late for the protester to file a size protest after the conclusion of corrective action approximately 10 months later. The protester appealed, but OHA agreed with SBA finding that it was too late to file a size protest because the contract was not terminated during the corrective action. Click here to read the decision.

PilieroMazza presented a webinar for the American Council of Engineering Companies

January 22, 2018
Jon Williams and Kimi Murakami presented an online webinar on "Are You Ready to Comply with the New DFARS Cyber Rule?"

2018 National 8(a) Association Small Business Conference

January 12, 2018


National 8(a) Association
2018 Small Business Conference

January 30 - February 1, 2018
Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Convention Center
Nashville, Tennessee

The 2018 National 8(a) Small Business Conference is the premier supplier diversity networking event for small businesses. The Conference offers educational sessions and resources for small, minority, current 8(a), and graduated 8(a) businesses including supplier diversity matchmaking with federal agencies, large business primes, and commercial companies and multiple networking opportunities to meet federal agencies, buyers, and prospective teaming partners.

If you are attending the conference, be sure to attend The SBA 8(a) Program A-Z the Legal Details breakout session on Wednesday, January 31, 2018, from 2:45 - 3:45 pm, and hear Tony Franco provide his insights.  Also, plan to attend Claims & REAs – A Sensical Approach on Thursday, February 1, 2018, from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm, presented in part by Cy Alba who will give a deeper dive on this important subject. Or just stop by and say hello to the guys!


Employee’s Lawsuit Seeking Ownership Interest in Small Business Dismissed by Virginia Court

January 11, 2018
In a recent Virginia state court case, PilieroMazza secured full dismissal in favor of a small business client in a lawsuit brought by a former employee claiming an ownership interest in the company.
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