Opportunity for Vendors Interested in Leasing Office Space
The GSA advertisement for future leased office space for the SBA South Dakota District Office launched! Please see below link. Questions should be directed to GSA – Veronica Montoya (cc’d and contact info in below email).
Expressions of Interest (EOI) are due 2/2/2022. A competitive federal bidding process will take place. The lease is for 20 years (15 years firm), for a location in Sioux Falls, SD.
SERVICE-DISABLED VETERAN OWNED SMALL BUSINESSES (SDVOSB) AND
VETERAN OWNED SMALL BUSINESSES (VOSB)
WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO SELF-CERTIFY
If you are a veteran owned small business interested in government contracting, you need to be aware of the upcoming changes! Transfer of the certification from the Veterans Administration (VA) to the Small Business Administration (SBA) will take place January 1, 2023. Since there will no longer be an option for self-certification for Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business and Veteran Owned Small Business, it is strongly advised to apply for this certification as soon as possible with the VA.
The National Defense Authorization Act transfers the Veterans Affairs Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) function that is currently at the VA for verifying Service Disable Veteran Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB) and Veteran Owned Small Businesses (VOSB) for VA contracts to the SBA on January 1, 2023. This change will streamline the process of all small business certification programs.
As of January 1, 2023, any small business wanting to compete in the federal market as a SDVOSB or VOSB will need to be certified by the SBA – self-certification will not be accepted by the contracting officer. The VA will retain its unique authority to make contract award set-asides to SDVOSBs and VOSBs but will rely on the SBA’s certification to verify eligibility.
SDVOSBs or VOSBs previously verified by the VA, will not lose their status at the time of the program transfer. There will be a one-year grace period to apply with the SBA.
It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED you apply for certification thru the VA prior to transfer to the SBA. Please visit https://www.va.gov/OSDBU/docs/preparing-for-verification.pdf to begin your certification application with the VA. If you need assistance, the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) is available.
To find the PTAC counselor in your area go to Home – SD Business Help.
Be ready for a SDVOSB or VOSB set aside with all agencies the beginning of 2023 by getting your certification as soon as possible.
Please visit https://www.sba.gov/federal-contracting/contracting-assistance-programs/veteran-assistance-programs to learn about veteran assistance programs, contracting opportunities, and what this transfer means for your business. This site will be updated as more information becomes available.
The Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) is a one-stop-shop for service members, veterans, and military spouses looking to start, purchase, or grow a business. Located nationwide, VBOCs provide training workshops, including Boots to Business and Boots to Business Reboot programs, as well as business development assistance such as training, advising and mentoring, and resource referrals. Find additional information about the VBOC at – https://www.sba.gov/local-assistance/resource-partners/veterans-business-outreach-center-vboc-program .
South Dakota Department of Transportation Bid Lettings
Construct Aircraft Maintenance Shops
The South Dakota Air National Guard (SDANG) Total Small Business Set-Aside (FAR 19.5) Construct Aircraft Maintenance Shops solicitation (solicitation # W50S9622B0001) was recently posted on SAM.gov at https://sam.gov/.
To READ MORE:
The SAM.gov direct link for the solicitation is https://sam.gov/opp/b9f8ac62dd4947968bc7f4426279069f/view .
SELLING FOOD TO USDA
The Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreements Program (LFPA) goal is to increase access to local domestic food and improve and maintain supply chain resiliency by building supplier partnerships with local and regional farmers and ranchers, socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, and underserved communities. To assist state and tribal governments with locating socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers and to help socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers with helpful resources, USDA is providing resources in the links below.
If you need further assistance, please email us at LFPA@USDA.gov
Resources for States and Tribal Governments to locate food vendors
- Vendors Awarded Contracts for the TEFAP Mixed Produce Box List (pdf) – These companies are approved to bid in USDA’s Fresh Produce Program to supply fresh produce to USDA.
- Vendors awarded contracts for round 5 of the Farmers to Families Food Box – These companies were awarded contracts for USDA’s Farmers to Families Food Box.
- Domestic Qualified Bidders List
Here you will find six recommended steps for becoming a USDA approved vendor.
It is strongly recommend that prospective vendors explore the resources and documents prior to submitting an application package.
Contact your local SD PTAC Counselor for assistance registering in sam.gov, reviewing and submitting solicitations, and post-award follow up.