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The SBA's Mentor-Protégé Program

Program Code: 170097
Seminar Date: Thursday, February 20, 2014
Start Time: 12:00 PM EST
Registration fee: $150.00

The Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Mentor-Protégé Program provides Section 8(a) small businesses (and likely in the future other qualified small businesses) a unique opportunity to compete for set-aside federal government contracts in partnership with large businesses.  The statutes and rules governing participation in this program, from Mentor-Protégé eligibility to joint venture development to contract performance issues, are complex and not always considered a model of clarity.  

Participants will learn about:

  • The basic structure and regulatory requirements governing Mentor-Protégé programs under the SBA as well as other procuring agencies; 
  • How this program can benefit your company;
  • Eligibility requirements for participation as a Mentor and Protégé and the roles of each;
  • The Do’s and Don’ts of applying for and maintaining Mentor-Protégé status;
  • Creation and maintenance of separate entities or joint ventures between the Mentor and Protégé; 
  • The exception from the SBA’s prohibition against “affiliation” between Mentor and Protégé and common myths related to the affiliation rules;
  • Avoiding size protests challenging a Mentor-Protégé status;
  • Limits on what large Mentor firms can and cannot do, and what small Protégé firms should and should not do, in connection with this program; and
  • How to apply your compliance program to Mentor-Protégé issues.

This seminar is presented by two highly experienced government contract attorneys who have counseled both large and small firms in this area of the law.

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This fast-paced webinar will address the above issues and more while giving you the opportunity to ask our experts for advice about your unique concerns.

Presenters Include:

Weisberg, William - LRGWilliam Weisberg
Principal
Law Offices of William Weisberg, PLLC
Bill Weisberg is the prinicipal of the Law Offices of William Weisberg PLLC, which he founded in 2013 after practicing government contract law in large firms for over 25 years, the last 10 of which he chaired the government contract practice groups of two international law firms. Bill represents prime and subcontractors and grantees in all phases of government contracts and related areas, including protest and claims litigation, counseling, compliance, and the transactional and intellectual property aspects of government procurement. Bill's clients include traditional defense and non-defense government contractors, as well as primarily commercial companies and other entities that have the government as "a" customer rather than their primary customer.

WBNR Presenter: Fontana, JimJames (Jim) Fontana, Esquire
Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Dempsey Fontana, PLLC
James C. Fontana is the co-founder and managing partner of Dempsey Fontana, PLLC. He has almost 30 years of experience as an attorney specializing in government and commercial contracts, with an emphasis on technology and related technical services, as well as ethics compliance and self-governance issues. He also specializes in mergers and acquisitions in both the government technology and commercial sectors. In 2006, the Association of Corporate Counsel named Mr. Fontana Outstanding Chief Legal Officer in the Washington D.C Metropolitan Area. In both 2005 and 2006, the Washington Business Journal named Mr. Fontana a Top Attorney in the Washington, DC area in the General Counsel category. Mr. Fontana received his undergraduate degree from American University and is a graduate of Temple University School of Law.

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