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  • 23 Apr 2021 10:26 PM | Richard Brooks (Administrator)

    As you embark on the CMMC journey and prepare to learn more about the certification process and apply to be certified as a federal contractor, you will come across many acronyms. Some of these acronyms play a major role as you become CMMC certified. It would definitely be worth to have a quick reference page as you move forward and get your pre-assessment started.

    The following glossary is adapted from the DOD’s CMMC 1.0 Appendices as well as CMMCAB.ORG and republished here as a service to our readers and clients looking into getting pre-assessment for CMMC Compliance and prepare for the assessment. CMMC definitions will be the standard for use of terms by CMMC Auditors. We also hope this will help you and your team speak the same language.

    CMMC ACRONYMS & DEFINITION

    C3PAO - CMMC Third-Party Assessors Organization

    Organization authorized to manage the assessment process and enter into a contract to deliver CMMC assessments with assessed organization and certified CMMC assessors.

    CCA/CCP - Certified CMMC Assessors/Professionals

    Credentialed Individuals are authorized to deliver assessments, training, and consulting.

    CUI - Controlled Unclassified Information

    Information that requires safeguarding or dissemination controls pursuant to and consistent with law, regulations, and government-wide policies, excluding information that is classified under Executive Order.

    CDI - Covered Defense Information

    Term used to identify information that requires protection under DFARS Clause.

    Unclassified controlled technical information (CTI) or other information, as described in the CUI Registry, that requires safeguarding or dissemination controls pursuant to and consistent with law, regulations, and Government wide policies and is:

    *Marked or otherwise identified in the contract, task order, or delivery order and provided to the contractor by or on behalf of, DoD in support of the performance of the contract, OR

    *Collected, developed, received, transmitted, used, or stored by, or on behalf of, the contractor in support of the performance of the contract.

    Cybersecurity

    Prevention of damage to, protection of, and restoration of computers, electronic communications systems, electronic communications services, wire communication, and electronic communication, including information contained therein, to ensure its availability, integrity, authentication, confidentiality, and nonrepudiation.

    Defense Industrial Base (DIB)

    The worldwide industrial complex that enables research and development, as well as design, production, delivery, and maintenance of military weapons systems, subsystems, and components or parts, to meet U.S. military requirements.

    Domain

    Domains are sets of capabilities that are based on cybersecurity best practices. There are 17 domains within CMMC. Each domain is assessed for practice and process maturity across five defined levels.

    Encryption

    The process of changing plaintext into cipher text.

    Encryption Policies

    Policies that manage the use, storage, disposal, and protection of cryptographic keys used to protect organization data and communications.

    FCI - Federal Contract Information

    Federal contract information means information, not intended for public release, that is provided by or generated for the Government under a contract to develop or deliver a product or service to the Government, but not including information provided by the Government to the public (such as on public Web sites) or simple transactional information, such as necessary to process payments.

    Firewall

    A device or program that controls the flow of network traffic between networks or hosts that employ differing security postures.

    ICAM - Identity, Credential, and Access Management

    Programs, processes, technologies, and personnel used to create trusted digital identity representations of individuals and non-person entities (NPEs), bind those identities to credentials that may serve as a proxy for the individual or NPE in access transactions, and leverage the credentials to provide authorized access to an organizations’ resources.

    Insider Threat

    The threat that an insider will use her/his authorized access, wittingly or unwittingly, to do harm to the security of the organization or the United States. This threat can include damage to the

    United States through espionage, terrorism, unauthorized disclosure, or through the loss or degradation of departmental resources or capabilities.

    LPP - Licensed Partner Publisher The CMMC-AB LPP program is designed for publishers of educational courses and content who wish to sell such content to education organizations such as universities, online schools or professional schools or direct to consumer. Listed as a LPP on the CMMC-AB website.

    LTP - Licensed Training Providers The CMMC-AB LTP program is designed for providers of education and training services such as colleges, universities, online schools, professional schools, internal corporate training departments, or any direct-to-consumer learning providers. Delivers certified training to students using approved curriculum developed by LPPs. Listed as a Licensed Training Provider on the CMMC-AB Marketplace.

    Maturity Model

    A maturity model is a set of characteristics, attributes, or indicators that represent progression in a particular domain. A maturity model allows an organization or industry to have its practices, processes, and methods evaluated against a clear set of requirements (such as activities or processes) that define specific maturity levels. At any given maturity level, an organization is expected to exhibit the capabilities of that level. A tool that helps assess the current effectiveness of an organization and supports determining what capabilities they need in order to obtain the next level of maturity in order to continue progression up the levels of the model.

    MFA - Multifactor Authentication

    Authentication using two or more different factors to achieve authentication. Factors include something you know (e.g., PIN, password); something you have (e.g., cryptographic identification device, token); or something you are (e.g., biometric).

    OSC - Organization Seeking Certification

    The company that is going through the CMMC assessment process to receive a level of certification for a given environment. The certificate allows organization to bid on DoD contracts up to the identified Maturity level.

    Patch

    An update to an operating system, application, or other software issued specifically to correct particular problems with the software.

    PII - Personally Identifiable Information

    Information which can be used to distinguish or trace the identity of an individual (e.g., name, social security number, biometric records) alone, or when combined with other personal or identifying information which is linked or linkable to a specific individual (e.g., date and place of birth, mother’s maiden name).

    Risk Assessment

    The process of identifying risks to organizational operations (including mission, functions, image, reputation), organizational assets, individuals, other organizations, and the Nation, resulting from the operation of a system.

    Risk Management

    The program and supporting processes to manage information security risk to organizational operations (including mission, functions, image, reputation), organizational assets, individuals, other organizations, and the Nation.

    Risk Mitigation

    Prioritizing, evaluating, and implementing the appropriate risk-reducing controls/countermeasures recommended from the risk management process.

    RP/RPO - Registered Provider/Organization

    Authorized to represent the organization as familiar with the basic constructs of the CMMC Standard with a CMMC-AB provided logo.

    The RPOs and RPs in the CMMC ecosystem provide advice, consulting, and recommendations to their clients. They are the “implementers” and consultants, but do not conduct Certified CMMC Assessments. Any references to “non-certified” services are only referring to the fact that an RPO is not authorized to conduct a certified CMMC assessment.

    SOC - Security Operations Center

    A centralized function within an organization utilizing people, processes, and technologies to continuously monitor and improve an organization’s security posture while preventing, detecting, analyzing, and responding to cybersecurity incidents.

    SCRM - Supply Chain Risk Management

    A systematic process for managing supply chain risk by identifying susceptibilities, vulnerabilities, and threats throughout the supply chain and developing mitigation strategies to combat those threats whether presented by the supplier, the supplied product and its subcomponents, or the supply chain (e.g., initial production, packaging, handling, storage, transport, mission operation, and disposal).

    Standards

    A document, established by consensus and approved by a recognized body, that provides for common and repeated use, rules, guidelines or characteristics for activities or their results, aimed at the achievement of the optimum degree of order in a given context.

    Threat

    Any circumstance or event with the potential to adversely impact organizational operations (including mission, functions, image, or reputation), organizational assets, individuals, other

    organizations, or the Nation through an information system via unauthorized access, destruction, disclosure, modification of information, and/or denial of service.

    Unauthorized Access

    Any access that violates the stated security policy.

    User

    Individual, or (system) process acting on behalf of an individual, authorized to access an information system.

    Vulnerability Assessment

    Systematic examination of an information system or product to determine the adequacy of security measures, identify security deficiencies, provide data from which to predict the effectiveness of proposed security measures, and confirm the adequacy of such measures after implementation.


  • 23 Apr 2021 10:16 PM | Richard Brooks (Administrator)

    CMMC is the Department of Defense's newest tool to ensure vendors who supply services and products to the DoD have a secure cyber environment. Prior to getting an actual CMMC assessment, you will want to prepare and get a pre assessment. It can be a lengthy process ensuring that you meet all the requirements of not only NIST 800-171 but the new CMMC requirements.

    In the past, vendors and federal contractors were able to self-certify that they were meeting the requirements of NIST 800-171. This is no longer true, if you're a vendor doing business with the Department of Defense or wanting to do business with the Department of Defense, you will lose that opportunity if you cannot earn your CMMC certification.

    Here's a brief overview of the CMMC timeline:

    *January 2020, CMMC-AB officially launched

    *Summer of 2020, Certification and Registrations applications accepted

    *Fall/winter of 2020, Certified Publishers and Trainers chosen

    *Winter of 2020, training for Assessors and Professional start

    *Summer/Fall of 2021, first commercial CMMC certifications available

    *Summer 2021, the first RFP is coming out that will affect 1,500 vendors

    *2022, larger percentage of CMMC contracts coming out

    *End of 2025, all DoD contractors must be certified

    As a Federal Contractor, you must show a culture of cybersecurity. You cannot implement cybersecurity tools and practices one week and then the following week, have an assessor come in and look at your records and see that you just started doing it. The CMMC AB will ensure you have a culture where everybody in your organization understands the importance of cybersecurity.

    CMMC is the best opportunity for you to go to the front of the line for DoD contracts. Any contractor who is not certified is not even allowed to bid on the DoD contracts. Other federal agencies will also be requiring CMMC in the near future.

    Getting your pre-assessment, applying any remediations and/or closing any vulnerability gaps in your system and being on the path to be certified by the CMMC assessors will put you way ahead of the pack and it will give you the best opportunity to increase your profitability in the government space.

  • 08 Apr 2021 6:13 PM | Richard Brooks (Administrator)

    The first step to learning about the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is to understand DoD’s mission. The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Accreditation Body, also known as the CMMC-AB, "establishes and oversees a qualified, trained, and high-fidelity community of assessors. CMMC-AB also manages the ecosystem and oversee all the entities that can deliver consistent and informative assessments to participating organizations against a defined set of controls/best practices within the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Program."

    The CMMC Model is both created and managed by the Department of Defense (DoD). The CMMC-AB reviews and combines various trusted cybersecurity standards and best practices and uses them across several knowledge levels that range from basic cyber hygiene to advanced. The CMMC-AB manage the system that ensures OSCs implements recommended controls and processes for a given CMMC level to reduce risk against a specific set of cyber threats. This method aids in both compliance and security that is both cost-efficient and affordable for small businesses.

    The CMMC stands by DoD’s mission to secure small businesses in an economically sound way that does not disregard proper compliance and security levels that have been proven to work against cyber attacks that threaten to hack and compromise important data. The CMMC provides a secure framework in which information, such as, FCI/CUI can be protected. The CMMC is evolving and has created pioneering ways to secure important information for small businesses that builds on proven existing frameworks and methods to secure important information while considering affordability and security at the same time.

    If you are interested in bidding and serving DoD Contracts or if you are currently a federal contractor and want to continue serving federal contracts, CMMC certification allows your company to continue participation and bid on DoD contracts. Within the CMMC, there are Security Maturity level 1 through 5, five being the highest. Once your company gets CMMC certification, it will be good for up to 3 years.

    It is highly recommended by the CMMC-AB that any contractors currently working on DoD contracts, or wanting to bid on them start the pre-assessment of their business security, practices & processes, and have plans to fix any defeciencies or vulnerabilities that are found. All DoD suppliers, and eventually all federal government suppliers will need to comply with the CMMC Certification requirements.


  • 23 Feb 2021 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    Not familiar with CMMC? Well, if you are a federal contractor, you will need to be. If you have not heard, CMMC will be the most important certification you will need in the coming years as a government contractor. Maybe, more important than, 8a, WOSB, HUBZone, SDVOSB, MBE, WBE, and other such certifications for federal contracting.

    CMMC stands for Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification and it is coming… FAST. On January 31, 2020 CMMC  was announced and soon it will be expected of every DOD contractor. Eventually, civilian agencies, large primes and potentially publicly traded companies will most likely require that you implement these new requirements.

    Three Key takeaways are these:

    1. Cybersecurity risks threaten the Defense industry and the National Security of the US and its allies,

    2. The CMMC model is a collaboration between industry, academia, military, Capitol Hill and the public,

    3. This is just the first milestone.

    The goal of the CMMC is to achieve a Cyber Safe, Cyber Secure and Cyber Resilient Defense Industrial base.

    The most vulnerable link in the Defense supply chain is usually six, seven or eight levels down. This usually lies with us, the small business subcontractor. Because we may not have strong cybersecurity defense systems in place, it is relatively easy for a cyber attacker to breach our systems. We then inadvertently transmit the malware, trojan horse or a myriad of other crippling cyber threats up the supply chain as we communicate with the sub or prime contractor above us.

    Historically, $600 Billion – approximately 1% of GDP – is lost via cyberthreats. With the introduction of CMMC, the Defense industry is taking seriously the task of eliminating these threats to every extent possible.

    What is the timeline for CMMC?

    The 2021 CMMC Timeline

    The first six months of 2021 are still murky as to what the CMMC Accreditation Body and procurement officers will do. But it’s the first two quarters that will be some of the most formative in terms of the program structure moving into the next 5 years, which is when all DoD contractors and subcontractors will have to complete the CMMC.

    To learn more about CMMC, check out these resources:

    https://www.acq.osd.mil/cmmc/faq.html

    https://www.cmmcab.org

    https://youtu.be/5amuow9PZwg?t=142


  • 05 Feb 2021 1:52 PM | Sandra Wills (Administrator)

    The United States Military budget has always been generous. However, on December 21, 2019, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) increased the military budget to $738 billion. That’s $22 billion more than 2019. 

    The bill lays out how and where to allocate the funds, but a lot is left open to DoD discretion. Per usual, a large amount is allocated to specific military bases ramping up new construction. 

    The United States government is one of the largest consumers in the world. In fiscal year 2020 alone, they awarded $554 billion in contracts. If you’re in the construction industry, you ought to want the U.S. government as a customer. Federal spending for the construction industry averages around $30 billion each year.

    They pay well, and they have plenty of upcoming and ongoing construction projects. Let’s take a look at some of the new construction going on in U.S. Military bases.

    The NDAA Funds

    The NDAA listed several projects and budgets for those projects. Here are some examples of those: 

    • In North Carolina, $2.2 billion was allocated for military construction, and $1.1 billion was allocated towards Hurricane Florence recovery at Air Station New River, Air Station Cherry Point, and Camp Lejeune.

    • Fort Bragg received $96.6 million for new construction, including a special operations facility, dining facility, training complex, and more. 

    • At Camp Pendleton in California, $71.7 million was allocated for a new warehouse and mess hall, and $17.7 million for a new dental clinic and ambulatory care center. 

    • Fort Drum in New York has $21 million to go towards transportation projects. 

    • Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida was given $3.4 billion to rehabilitate hundreds of buildings that were destroyed by Hurricane Michael. 

    • Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska was given $14,5 million to demolish and rebuild 137 facilities that were damaged during flooding. 

    • Foot Hood in Texas received $32 million for new soldier barracks. The Joint Base San Antonio was given $207 million to modernize several buildings. 

    The interesting thing is that these projects list the bare minimum of what’s needed for each project. 

    For instance, most facilities need to meet energy standards, exceed building codes with a fire suppression system, and any of the bases wrecked by floods will need to be built on elevated structures versus grounded foundations.  

    However, these needs and details aren’t listed on the government contract boards. They’re very basic listings.

    Additionally, the following other bases received more than $100 million to use towards construction. 

    • Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Arizona ($189.7 million)

    • Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana ($235 million)

    • Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado ($148 million)

    • Naval Base Coronado in California ($165.8 million)

    • Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia ($143.3 million)

    • Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay located in Hawaii ($134 million)

    • Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia ($139.1 million)

    • Hill Air Force Base in Utah ($114.5 million)

    • Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach in California ($123.3 million)

    • Fort Gordon, Georgia: ($107 million) 

    While it might seem like these bases received a lot of money, all of these military bases have much more needs and plans for future years. This is evident if you peek inside any base’s plans. 

    Let’s take a look at Fort Gordon, located in Georgia. 

    Upcoming Projects at Fort Gordon, Georgia 

    In Fort Gordon, there is already $1.6 billion worth of planned investments in major R&M (restoration and modernization) and MILCON projects. These projects include a variety of different tasks to modernize and meet the mission and growth requirements of Fort Gordon. 

    Here are a few of those projects: 

    • Permanent Party and NCOA Barracks Renovations - The buildings have mold and mildew issues due to outdated HVAC systems. They estimate the cost to be around $8M per building (7 Buildings total).  

    • Child and Youth Services Facilities – There’s an enormous amount of plans for various childcare facilities. 

    • New Fitness Facility, located in AIT barracks - The cost is estimated to be around $39 million. The new facility will include: 

    • 114,540 square feet 

    • 20,000 square feet  

    • a fitness module

    • exercise module

    • gymnasium 

    • structured activity module

    • locker rooms

    • control desk

    • administrative areas

    • laundry

    • storage 

    • 3-lane indoor jogging track

    • 25-meter pool  

    • New Chapel with Religious Education center - The cost is estimated to be around $44 million. It will include: 

    • 116,400 square feet (2 stories) 

    • 600 seat sanctuary

    • activity center for 580 people 

    • 17 religious educational classrooms

    And these are just four of the projects at Fort Gordon. Some other projects are already underway or have already been awarded to contractors. 

    So, how do you make the U.S. government and military your customer? How do you become a construction contractor for the U.S. military?

    Getting Started with Military Construction

    At a base level, you need to be good at what you do. You’ll have to bid on contracts, so you want to ensure that your company is better than the average company on the street. Moreover, any specialized construction skills will go a long way in winning those contracts. 

    If you specialize in using specific materials or techniques like using tilt up panels and optimizing for energy efficiency – you’re going to stand out. But getting on the radar isn’t always easy. 

    It’s wise to use small business set-aside programs like HubZone, SDVOSB, WOSB, or the 8a Certification program which can open doors faster and limit the competition. For example, through the HubZone program $122 million was awarded to construction companies with this certification. Using programs like HubZone can help you get your foot in the door with military contracts, making landing future jobs easier. 

    The most critical thing is to start now. There’s plenty of money in military construction, and it seems to be increasing all the time. The sooner you get started, the sooner you will get your piece of the government contracting pie.


    ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Matt Lee is the owner of the Innovative Building Materials blog and a content writer for the building materials industry. He is focused on helping fellow contractors, homeowners, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that save money, improve energy efficiency, and increase property value.

  • 05 Feb 2021 1:47 PM | Sandra Wills (Administrator)

    Atlanta, GA – (September 14th, 2020) Dr. Man Ki Kim, Professor at KAIST College of Business (www.business.kaist.edu) and Global Public Procurement Management Program, was awarded Government Contractors Association 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award at our Board of Directors Conference held in Atlanta, Georgia.

    “It is with great privilege for me to bestow to Dr. Man Ki Kim GCA's LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD and the honorary designation of CERTIFIED CAPTURE MANAGER for his commitment to the small business community and contribution in public procurement service,” said Abraham Xiong, CEO of Government Contractors Association. “GCA extends our gratitude to Dr. Kim for his ongoing work to empower entrepreneurs and corporations around the world, especially the underserved small business community in the USA.”

    “I am humbled and honored to be recognized by GCA and its Board of Directors with this Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Dr. Kim. “I’m fortunate to live my life’s mission of serving my community and the international community in fostering business and public procurement opportunities. I am fully committed to develop KAIST’s Global Public Procurement Management Program to support SMBs to enter global procurement market such as US Fed, US, EU and MDBs.”

    The Lifetime Achievement Award was conferred in recognition of Dr. Kim’s leadership and passion to educate the businesses of South Korea and the USA on international trade and the public procurement market.

    Through his role as a Professor with KAIST University and as a Senior Advisor of Global Public Procurement at Yulchon, Dr. Kim is a bridge for international business cooperation through the multiple trade missions with US small companies entering the South Korean market and vice versa.

    Prior to moving back to his native country of South Korea, Dr. Kim and his wife started a small business in Reston, Virginia as a federal government contractor. Their success of winning over $35 million in government contracts led to his passion to encourage and educate others about the opportunities in the public procurement marketplace.

    “I’m proud to see our small business members work with Dr. Kim as he has helped open many doors for US based companies in finding manufacturers and suppliers in the international market,” stated Richard Brooks, CFO of GCA.

    About Government Contractors Association, Inc. (GCA)

    GCA is a national trade association with a mission to support the small business community.  We are advocates and agents of change focused on reducing the economic disparities which exist in the government market. Our goal is to educate, facilitate, and advocate on behalf of our members, clients and the small business community. For more information: www.GovAssociation.org | info@govcontractors.org | 404-955-8080

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  • 06 Nov 2020 2:03 PM | Sandra Wills (Administrator)

    The Government Contractors Association (GCA) is pleased to announce the winners of the Myra Cisse Scholarship.

    The scholarship was established to honor one of GCA’s founders who passed this Summer, Myra Cisse Smith.  Myra was an advocate for small and mid-sized businesses having helped to launch several companies on the path to government contracts.  Through Myra’s collective work at GCA, over 10,000 entrepreneurs have been trained and most importantly, businesses have won more than $900 million in government contracts.  She traveled around the globe leading trade mission trips from the US to South Korea. She supported international companies in their expansions. More notably, she was a voice for the small business community and a bridge between government agencies and small businesses.  GCA is committed to continue the work of helping SMBs to thrive in government contracting.  GCA has created an ecosystem where companies may come to find the training, answers, and the resources they need to grow their businesses through government contracting. 

    Recipients of the Myra Cisse Scholarship will receive placement in GCA’s Certified Capture Manager Program.  Through the Certified Capture Manager Program, GCA has formalized the training, development and certification of business professionals to provide business development services for government contractors.  The CCM program includes the following:

    - GovFastTrack ($1999 value)
    - GovLMS ($priceless)
    - Capture management software/Dashboard ($999 value)
    - 12 weeks of Mastermind lessons (online) ($2000 value)
    - GovBootcamp ($999 value)
    - Video course ($1997 value)
    - Business coach ($2000 value)
    - Proposal training ($500 value)
    - Testing portal (preparation for exam)
    - Exam to become a Certified Capture Manager ($500 value)

    - CCM Professional Designation (Priceless)

    - Bonus Session: (after your graduate) How to use your CCM Certification
    - Plus more (over $10K in value)

    GCA members and friends, please help us congratulate the recipients of this year’s Myra Cisse Scholarship:

    • Angela Mercer with Sproutagile

    And

    • Keema Small with Talent Answers

    We wish our winners much success.   GCA would also like to thank all who applied for the scholarships. We encourage those who were not selected this time to apply again next year.

  • 03 Aug 2020 2:06 PM | Sandra Wills (Administrator)

    On behalf of the GCA family, Richard Brooks, Pamela Harris, Kim Yang, Herman Kitt and myself, Abraham Xiong, we are saddened and heartbroken to let you know that Myra Cisse passed after a battle with cancer. Myra was our friend, business partner, and a champion for small businesses.

    MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR MYRA:

    GCA is planning to host an online Memorial Service for friends and the business community to celebrate Myra’s life. It is set for Tuesday August 11th at 5pm to 6:30pm.  If you have a few words to share, let us know so we can consider it.

    Here is the link to RVSP: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4248735439771108879

    VIDEO MONTAGE TRIBUTE TO MYRA:

    We're putting together a tribute video for Myra, so if you have any Myra moments, Myra’isms, funny stories, pictures, songs, or poems. You can also record a short video of you sharing a few words.

    - Keep your video short, ideally, 30 seconds

    - Send video in MP4 file format to: info@govcontractors.org

    - Due Wedneday evening

    Myra was a champion for the small business community and for so many of us. Her life and professional career leave a legacy of impact, hope and promises for entrepreneurs throughout the world. She empowered thousands of companies through her passion to support entrepreneurs in their journey of learning about government contracting, certifications for small businesses, and accessing the opportunities with supplier diversity programs.

    Myra started her business Certification Consultants, LLC as a way to help small businesses obtain certifications. In 2015, she became partners at Government Contractors Association to further the vision of enabling even more companies to access the billions of dollars of government contracts. Through Myra’s work, many of the companies which she helped to get certified into the 8a Program, WOSB, SDVOSB, HUBZone, MBE, WBE, and other certification programs are now thriving and growing businesses. Some of them are winning millions in government contracts.

    Through Myra’s collective work at GCA, over 10,000 entrepreneurs have been trained and most importantly, businesses have won more than $900 million in government contracts. She traveled around the globe leading trade mission trips from the US to South Korea. She supported international companies in their expansions. More notably, she was a voice for the small business community and a bridge between government agencies and small businesses.

    Myra left us too soon, but she left a legacy of impact. In her final words, she said to tell everyone that "She loves us very much."

    GOFUNDME

    A GoFundMe campaign has been set up. As you contribute to this GoFundme campaign, it is your way of saying “Thank you” to Myra and how she has touched you. All funds from this GoFundMe will go to support Myra’s daughter, Bianca, settling her estate and medical expenses. Thank you in advance for your donation and support.

    https://gf.me/u/yma5t4

  • 08 Jun 2020 10:44 PM | Abraham Xiong (Administrator)

    TIME FOR CHANGE... ARE YOU READY FOR IT.

    As professionals and entrepreneurs living in a sea of change, I hope that this article finds you well. We are all navigating a pandemic, an economic crisis, and a long overdue repudiation on racism. I am concerned about COVID-19, its impact on the economy and our small business community.  

    However, I am hopeful that the worldwide protests stemming from the horrific tragedies from George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Abery will spur lasting change in this country and an end to systemic racism. It’s time for change in our hearts and our society.

    It is in this spirit that our organization, Government Contractors Association was founded. Our mission has been from the very beginning to help change the disparities which exist for minorities, women, veterans, and the disadvantaged small business community in the government market. We remain steadfast to doing our part to facilitate change.

    As such, I want to announce some changes which are happening at GCA.

    NEW OFFICE: GCA will be moving. We will NO LONGER be at our 3190 NE Expressway office. In the coming weeks, we’ll have a BIG announcement about our new office space. If you like our current space, you will love our new space. In the meantime, our team will be working remotely until our new office is ready.



    GOVDIRECTIONS: Our partnership with GovDirections has ended. For many of you who have enjoyed using GovDirections, you may continue to do so, but you’ll need to upgrade to their paid service. Moving forward, we will be providing our members with a new bid matching software called GovGenie. This new software will be more than just bid-matching, it will be a full government contracting capture management tool.

    If you would like to be a Beta User and help us improve on it, use this link: www.GovGenie.com



    NEW TEAM MEMBER: GCA has added a new team member. Meet Carlos Smiley. He has been an important figure in the government contracting world. He brings a background as a government contracting insider and a community leader. Learn more about him and see how his expertise can help your business grow in the government market.

    Join us on June 9th at 6pm, Tuesday for this class which he will be teaching.

    Behind the Veil: What Happens After the Submission of Your Proposal? www.govassociation.org/events


  • 07 Apr 2020 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    Business Fundamentals

    As a fellow business owner, I know a few things about you.

    1. You are a leader, not a follower. If the pack is going right, then you are probably going left,

    2. You tend to like things done “your way”. I mean, who can blame you since you ARE right most of the time ,

    3. You are a bit of a risk taker. How else do you explain taking the leap and starting your own business?

    I know all of this because I am you. I’m a business owner myself so I know how we think. And though the above qualities make us bold and tenacious business people, they don’t always make for great operations people. So, here’s some straight talk. Get your business act together.

    I work with business owners all of the time who want to grow their business with federal, state, local or corporate contracts. When I talk with these businesses about their work and start asking questions to see what certification would help to achieve their goals, I get to see behind the curtain. And sometimes, it’s a real mess! Let me provide a few generic examples.

    I began talking with a prospect in March of 2018 who was asking about 8(a) certification for their business. One of the prerequisites for 8(a) is that the company be in business for 2 years. The company was working and advertising themselves as a business but they were not officially registered nor were they reporting the income as business revenue. I provided them the information they needed to properly register the company; but they were hesitant because they were concerned about what that would do to the history of the “business” – really a side hustle – they’d been running for almost 10 years. Fast forward to today, April 2020, over 2 years later. The business still has not formally organized and therefore doesn’t have the legal documents needed for certification. Lesson # 1: One or two years from now, you’ll wish you started today.

    Another prospect came to me a while ago inquiring about WBE certifications. I talked with the company and was impressed with the work they were doing with some local municipalities. However, I discovered the legal name they were using was for another business one of the owners had. The problem was that the work the company was doing was completely different than the name suggested. It would be like having an accounting firm doing business under the name of XYZ Doggie Daycare. It just doesn’t make sense. Lesson #2: Consistency is key.

    Neither of the companies in the aforementioned examples were bad businesses; they were just missing a foundation. I oftentimes see companies that have no foundation and no structure. The business is being held together with toothpicks and Band-Aids. When I see companies like this, I have to lovingly tell them to get their house in order before I can begin working with them.

    The foundation is the most important part of any building. Without a foundation, the house or building you are in now would eventually collapse. Now it may not happen immediately, but structural issues will inevitably and completely destroy a building. The same is true of the business you are building. Make sure you protect your investment by shoring up the foundation if it’s weak. The clear and consistent message I’ve gotten over the past 9 years of helping businesses is this. Lesson #3: If you don’t treat your business like a business, no one else will.


    Myra Smith Cisse

    Program Manager, Independent Contractor

    Government Contractors Association






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