Resources for Small Businesses

Construction Subcontractors

Construction starts are up, but availability of skilled workers is down and GCs are worried.
Learn how to get prequalified for projects and bid to win using technology to grow your pipeline.
Subcontracting Directory for Small Businesses
The GSA Subcontracting Directory is published for small business concerns seeking subcontracting opportunities with General Services Administration (GSA) prime contractors. The directory lists large business prime contractors who, by law, are required to establish plans and goals for subcontracting with small business firms.
GSA Template: Model Subcontracting Plan
If you want insight into what GSA expects from prime contractors when crafting a subcontracting agreement, review this template for prime contractors that is provided to help them frame their objectives.
Systems for Award Management (SAM)
In order to be eligible for a Federal Contract, Award, Assistance or Grant; organizations must have an active and compliant SAM Registration in place that has been approved by the IRS and DLA. Once an organization has that in place, they will have the ability to view, bid on and be awarded Federal Government Contracts, Awards, Grants and many other Federally funded projects.
Find and Pursue Government Contracts
You’ve registered your small business in the System for Awards Management (SAM), found an open solicitation that fits your small business – and your bid was successful. You are now a Schedules contractor.  OK. Now what? How do you find opportunities and turn them into revenue streams?
Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC)
Ninety-eight Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) – with over 300 local offices – form a nationwide network of dedicated procurement professionals working to help local businesses compete successfully in the government marketplace.   All PTACs are staffed with counselors experienced in government contracting and provide a wide range of services including classes and seminars, individual counseling and easy access to bid opportunities, contract specifications, procurement histories, and other information necessary to successfully compete for government contracts.

Staffing Agencies

Download reports from Staffing Industry Analysts Advisory Group (SIAAG)

What's in the Contingent Worker Bill Rate [PDF - 800KB]
A basic summary of the contingent worker bill rate comprising pay rate, statutory expenses and gross margin. Make sure you understand how staffing suppliers calculate the cost of contingent workers and what is included in that cost.
Contingent Workforce Engagement Best Practices  [PDF - 560KB]
SIAAG’s Contingent Workforce Engagement Best Practices guide looks at best practice across a number of contingent workforce actions: request, sourcing, selection, onboarding, assignment management, off-boarding, payrolling as well as the hiring of independent contractors
Capturing Contingent Worker Data [PDF - 247KB]
The purpose of this document is to provide a basis and recommended best practices for capturing the minimum data that should be included in a Contingent Worker (CW) Job Requisition, as well as the minimum data points that should be maintained by a Contingent Worker Program.
Contingent Workforce VMS Integration Best Practices [PDF - 772KB]
This summary of contingent worker system-to-system integration best practices is for contingent workforce professionals from all arenas; program managers, buyers, solutions providers, consultants and staffing suppliers. It takes you through a set of typical integrations, ranks integration priority, and looks at general integration standards.
Global Readiness Indicator  [PDF - 152KB]
This graphic provides talent solutions buyers and providers directional guidance and support in your evaluation of global strategies and general business information relative to global employment conditions and considerations. It poses questions to gauge readiness in four key areas: business case, change management, current program state and compliance and governance.
Lexicon of Global Workforce Solutions-Related Terms  [PDF - 1.7MB]
The Lexicon of Global Workforce-Related Terms is an essential guide to the various terminology and acronyms used within the workforce solutions ecosystem. Whether you are new to this environment or a seasoned practitioner, you will still find our Lexicon of tremendous value as it covers a broad range of international terms and with annual updates to include any new terminology that appears in the market. So if you are confused by MSP, VMS, RPO, ATS, FMS, and HRO, want to know the difference between a CDD and a CDI, enter into negotiations for a CLA, or hire a TAW then simply download our Lexicon and all will become clear.

Operations

Mentor-Protégé Program
Under GSA’s Mentor Protégé Program, mentor companies voluntarily assist protégé firms in growing their business and competing for federal government contracts and subcontracts.
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Simple Boolean language allows you to produce Google Search results for free. Capture a lot of potential candidates from Google rather than going into the different resources like LinkedIn Recruiter and Github. Google Groups also return great results.

MBE/WMBE Independent Contractors (B2G)

SBA's HUBZone Program- Learn How it Can Help Your Small Business
SBA 8(a) Business Development Program
The 8(a) Business Development Program is a business assistance program for small disadvantaged businesses. The 8(a) Program offers a broad scope of assistance to firms that are owned and controlled at least 51% by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. Participants can receive sole-source contracts, up to a ceiling of $4 million for goods and services and $6.5 million for manufacturing. 
Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses
Public Law 106-50 established an annual government-wide goal of not less than 3% of the total value of all prime contract and subcontract awards for participation by small business concerns owned and controlled by service-disabled veterans.
Does Your Small Business Qualify for Government Contracts?
This tool can help you determine if you qualify as a "small business" under SBA size standards. Qualifying as "small" may allow your business to take advantage of valuable government contracting opportunities reserved for small businesses.
certify.SBA.gov
Manage your application and eligibility documentation for the Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) and All Small Mentor-Protégé programs online from SBA's easy-to-use dashboard. Currently, this website is available for the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) and All Small Mentor Protégé programs only. For the 8(a) Business Development and HUBZone programs, please continue to use the SBA General Login System (GLS) to manage your certifications (below).
SBA General Login System (GLS)
For the 8(a) Business Development and HUBZone programs, please continue to use GLS to manage your certifications.

MBE/WMBE Independent Contractors (B2B)

National Minority Supplier Development Council

New Online Certification and Re-certification Application for MBEs.

Once certified and part of the NMSDC network, over two-thirds of minority business enterprises (MBEs) confirm business increase due to their partnerships with the Council’s corporate members.

Videos:  American Staffing Association (ASA)

Staffing Sales and Marketing Tactics

Staffing Firms Respond to the Skills Gap

Do Staffing Firms Plan to Offer Coverage to Temporary Employees Under the ACA?

Who Is a Variable-Hour Employee Under the ACA?

Certification Programs Deliver Value, Competitive Advantage

Webinar:  Building an Incredible Employer Brand that Attracts Top Talent by Glassdoor for Employers
  • 10 ways to start improving your employer brand today

  • How to measure and monitor your employer brand over time

  • How to use talent analytics to improve your branding strategy

  • How to attract Millennial job seekers by going mobile with your brand

  • Fun ways to engage employees as brand ambassadors

Webinar:  The Good, Bad And Ugly: Job Descriptions

Poor job descriptions don’t have to be a necessary evil, flooding you with unqualified resumes and wasting your time and budget. Done right, they can help turn a job ad from post and pray to post and prey.

Webinar:  Going Beyond LinkedIn: How Smart Recruiters Find Today’s Candidates

What’s the best way to reach job hunters in these and other industries traditionally underserved by LinkedIn’s business professional network? Furthermore, what part do new tools like “informational transparency” play in helping job seekers everywhere become more engaged and more qualified candidates?

Webinar:  Referrals, Rewards, and Reality: A Panel Discussion

The research is clear. Across the board, employee referrals are consistently the best quality and lowest cost source of hire. Referrals drive employees that are more engaged and stay with your company longer. They have a significantly lower cost per hire – about $1,000 compared to the average $5,000.

Is Your Small Business Adequately Insured? 

Video:  Business Owner's Policy (BOP) Insurance Explained

Everything you need to know about a BOP in two minutes, explained on a chalkboard, narrated by Ted Devine, CEO of insureon. This simple overview tells you about the three insurance coverages that make up the BOP: General Liability, Property, and Business Interruption, and how a BOP can save you money.

Video: What is Business Interruption Insurance?

If unexpected property damage forces you to shut your doors to business, you have no way of bringing in revenue. Business Interruption Insurance shields you from that disaster scenario by providing you with replacement income while you’re unable to operate so you can rebuild and get back on your feet fast.

Video: What is Commercial Umbrella Insurance?

Explained in simple terms on a chalkboard, here is everything you need to know about umbrella insurance in 3 minutes. An Umbrella Insurance policy goes beyond your base coverage as extra protection. Learn more about what it covers and the types of situations you may need this insurance policy for in this overview.

Video: What is Cyber Liability Insurance? 

In the Internet age, nearly every business has valuable digital assets. Protect your data (and your customers’ sensitive information) with a Cyber Liability policy. With this protection in place, you’ll be able to bounce back quickly after a hacking incident.

Disclaimer: TAMCO Capital Accounting & Finance provides cloud-based accounting, advisory, compliance, and tax planning services to nonpublic business entities taxed as partnerships. Engagements are available on a retainer basis. Unaudited financial statements are prepared from accounting data provided by the client. We make no assurances, representations or warranties to external users regarding the reliability of data presented in unaudited financial statements; nor do we issue an opinion about the integrity of information provided by management.

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