April 26, 2012
What Legislation Might Pass This Year to Help Small Business?
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.
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.