Maximizing Teaming Under SBA's Joint Venture Rules

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In the last two years, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has made monumental changes to its regulations concerning the eligibility of joint ventures to compete on small business and status-based set-asides. These include major revisions to the 8(a) mentor-protégé program, creation of the “All Small Business” mentor-protégé program, and opening the door to joint ventures comprising multiple small businesses. Hear guidance on how contractors large and small can use the new rules to maximize their chances of winning contracts, the keys to drafting joint venture agreements that comply with the SBA regulations (and also make business sense), and takeaways from the first year of the new programs.

Key Takeaways:


  • Gain a better understanding of SBA’s teaming regulations.
  • Learn the legal framework and key attributes of joint venture requirements.
  • Understand the guiding principles in establishing small business joint venture programs.
  • Learn how to comply with SBA teaming arrangement criteria.


  Shene Commodore_CommercialShene Commodore, CPCM, Fellow
  Commodore Consulting, LLC

President Ms. Shene’ Commodore, CPCM, Fellow is President & Founder of Commodore Consulting. Ms. Commodore has over 25 years of procurement experience. Commodore Consulting provides contract management, strategic planning, proposal writing, GSA services, & training. She also works with government agencies to provide program management, acquisition support, and IT support services. Ms. Commodore enjoys teaching classes on the FAR, SB programs, Leadership development, and pricing. She has taught over 3,000 government and contractor staff. In October 2013, Ms. Commodore was recognized by Minority Enterprise Advocate Magazine as one of the 25 Influential Women In Business for her dedication to helping clients win government contracts. She is also the grateful 2014 recipient of the Security Industry Association’s Government Policy award for her contribution & leadership to help SIA address the public policy challenges impacting the physical security industry.
Lasky.Adam_final (004)  Adam K. Lasky
  Oles Morrision Rinker & Baker, LLP


Adam Lasky is a partner at Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP, where he focuses his legal practice on helping clients win and navigate government contracts, with an emphasis on bid protests, SBA regulatory compliance issues and teaming arrangements. He is a Vice-Chair of the Bid Protests and Small Business & Other Socioeconomic Programs Committees of the ABA Public Contract Law Section. Adam is the author of a number of articles and book chapters on government contracts, including “A Practitioner’s Road Map to GAO Bid Protests” (The Construction Lawyer 2010), “Roadmap to Bid Protests at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims” (The Construction Lawyer 2018), and the bid protests chapter of “Federal Government Construction Contracts” (ABA 2d. & 3d. eds.).  Adam has been recognized as “Rising Star” by Washington Super Lawyers in each of the past five years.