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April 26, 2012

What Legislation Might Pass This Year to Help Small Business?

Posted by  | April 26, 2012

A recent Congressional Round Table event at the Capitol, hosted by Veterans Entrepreneurship Task Force (Vet-Force), offered support for the recommendations by the Interagency Task Force for Veteran Small Business Report. The Report (Recommendation #15), supported by senior members at all major Federal Agencies and VSOs, called for providing financial support from the Veterans Administration as a new property right for Veterans seeking to start a business. Legislation (H.R. 3167) has been introduced in House and the debate has begun. It could be a real game changer for Veteran Small Business and even create immediate jobs for the economy this year. The Bill is being championed by Federal Allies Institute at its Washington Days Conference on May 14th and 15th.

The International Franchise Association (IFA) increased funding to place a greater focus on its VetFran Program and re-introduced the Help Veterans Own Franchises Act on Capitol Hill. The bill, introduced by Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Reps. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) and Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa), is S. 1540 and H.R. 2888. The legislation would provide a tax credit to veterans who become franchisees, equal to 25 percent of their franchise fee, not to exceed $100,000. The IFA effort includes a multi-faceted campaign to attract support for the bill and to further support Veteran franchising efforts.

GovLoop: Washington Days Conference

April 24, 2012

Federal Allies Institute recently completed the association’s new Strategic Plan in cooperation with firms such as General Electric Company and agencies such as U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The conference is ‘a how to do business with the federal government event’ based upon the Federal Allies Strategic Plan and is targeted to small businesses across America that require a local ombudsman and a Washington, DC presence.  Federal Allies Institute seeks to facilitate and develop long-term relationships among participants in the procurement community.

The conference registration fee, substantially lower than the going rate, includes (at no charge) an optional one-year membership in the Institute to enable all conference registrants access to free management level expertise and free consultancy for how to navigate the government procurement space.  The volunteer experts, or “Federal Allies” are current successful federal contractors.

Additionally, Federal Allies Institute is the private sector initiative starting to take on the ‘Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval” role among a wide array of service providers operating in the federal procurement space.

Federal Allies Institute is now entering its fifth year and maintains a Strategic Alliance with U.S. Small Business Administration.  Federal Allies Institute helps small businesses become federal contractors regardless of their levels of maturity to do so.

Federal Allies Institute is a business membership organization in which annual business membership dues start at $195.  A special offer made during this conference is registration of $145, which includes the optional annual membership and access to the Federal Allies Network.

Federal Allies News April 2012

April 2, 2012

Dear Members,

One of the most ardent supporters of Federal Allies Institute and our national federal contracting network is Management Concepts Press.  They generously agreed to produce and distribute Federal Allies News.  Our participants – both business and federal – welcome this support!

FAI success grows as we help more small businesses nationwide win federal contracts and grants.   FAI’s membership of federal contractors on a voluntary basis collaborates with firms such as yours to help you accomplish your federal procurement sales and relationship building goals.  FAI’s results-driven volunteers, or allies, have diverse experiences and backgrounds.  FAI’s unique role here in Washington, DC as the honest-broker among all players of the federal procurement community is recognized by the federal government including the U.S. Small Business Administration and 25 more military and federal agencies.

So what do you need an ally for?  We can help you get started.  We can help you win your next contract.  Or do you just need a friend in Washington?  We have many.  We’ll introduce you.

Find your answers at FAI’s Washington Days Conference May 13-15.

Among confirmed keynote speakers are the Obama Administration’s top small business advocate Dr. Winslow Sargeant, Chief Counsel for Advocacy, U.S. Small Business Administration and Kevin Boshears, Director of Office of Small Business and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

FAI conferences and events are goal-oriented and based on the precise needs of all registrants.  The goals of both entrepreneurs and agency officials are considered.    The result ensures ‘quality time’ among all attendees.   Entrepreneurs expect results and this is what we aim to deliver!

Search for FAI’s Washington Days Conference at   FAI is an open organization that welcomes your ideas to further build this year’s conference agenda.   Which agencies and training (basic to advance) would you have us include?  What legislation are you following?  Let us know when you complete your online registration profile or simply call 571.217.0823.

I’m certain that you can relate – registration fees for a FAI event are comparatively and significantly lower than others because we are an association of mostly small businesses.  We make a real effort to lower the costs of doing business and that includes your trip to Washington.

Please register early to guarantee savings with American Airlines, Holiday Inn Capitol and AVIS.  Conference Scholarships are available from our generous members and sponsors who continue to give back to America’s small business community.

David T. Boddie

Executive Director, Federal Allies Institute

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