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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.

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

PilieroMazza is Proud to Support VIP Start

January 11, 2018

PilieroMazza is proud to support the National Veteran Institute for Procurement funded by the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Foundation (MCCCF). The next session of the VIP START Training Program is being held on January 16 - 18, 2018. 

Megan Connor will be leading a training class on "How To Form Teaming Agreements and Strategic Partnerships" and Kimi Murakami will be leading a class on "Legal Considerations Prior to Doing Business with a Prime Contractor or the Federal Government."

National Center for Veteran Institute for Procurement (VIP) is a veteran entrepreneurship program that specifically addresses federal procurement. VIP offers a platform with three training programs to assist our veterans. VIP GROW is the core curriculum which assists companies in developing strategies to expand and operate within the federal marketplace. VIP START program is for companies wanting to enter the federal market and become procurement ready. VIP INTERNATIONAL program is for companies that want to enter or expand their federal and commercial contracting opportunities overseas.

The core curriculums of GROW, START, and INTERNATIONAL are accelerator-like in-residence educational training program for owners, principals, and C-level executives of VOSB/SDVOSBs.

  • The programs consist of a 27-hour, 3-day comprehensive certification program
  • Program covers over 20 topics such as contracting, teaming agreements, human resources, accounting, finance, program controls, and business development
  • Classroom training is offered four times per year
  • Qualified participants from 50 SDVOSBs and VOSBs nationwide are enrolled on a first come first served basis for each class
  • Instructors are professional service experts, government officials, and agency representatives.
  • The training takes place at the Bolger Center, a 500-hotel room conference training facility leased from the U.S. Postal Service.
  • The Bolger Center is located just 11 miles from the White House. The program is offered at no charge to participants.
  • Participants only cover travel cost to and from the Washington, DC area. VIP is offered at no cost to participants

In April 2016, VIP START was launched to train service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSB) and veteran-owned small businesses (VOSB) who want to enter or need help to expand their business growth into the federal marketplace. VIP START has graduated 148 veteran-owned businesses from 29 states plus Washington, D.C.

For more information about VIP START and the other VIP programs, go to

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