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Federal Contracting Assistance Programs

April 8, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

To help provide a level playing field for all businesses, the federal government limits competition – or sets aside – a certain percentage of contracts for (1) small businesses and (2) businesses in certain socio-economic or other categories.  These “small business set-asides” help qualified businesses to compete for and win contracts.

To compete for “set aside” contracts, businesses must register in one of the SBA’s Contracting Assistance Programs.

Join our workshop and learn more about these Programs, whether you qualify for participation, and how to increase your chances of contracting success.


Programs include:

  • 8(a) Business Development: The federal government tries to award at least five percent of all federal contracting dollars to small disadvantaged businesses each year.
  • HUBZone:  The federal government tries to award at least three percent of all federal prime contracting dollars to HUBZone-certified small businesses each year.
  • Women-Owned Small Business:  The federal government tries to award at least five percent of all federal contracting dollars to women-owned small businesses each year.
  • Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned:  The federal government tries to award at least three percent of annual federal contracting dollars to service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses.


Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email from centeric@clients.virginiasbdc.org, our automated system. This email will contain the ZOOM LINK to join the workshop.  If you cannot find the email, please check your spam folder.

Join Lisa Wood of the Virginia Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), for this informative presentation – a “must” for small businesses considering the Federal Government contracting market.  

Lisa is the Statewide Director of the Virginia PTAC, hosted by George Mason University. Prior to that, she served as the Statewide Director with the Connecticut and Ohio PTAC programs and was also Director for the Northwest Commission PTAC in Pennsylvania. Before joining the PTAC community, Lisa was a Procurement Specialist for Bechtel Plant Machinery, Inc. in the Greater Pittsburgh Area. In this role, Wood performed contract administration and negotiation duties. She also recommended bidders, handled issue inquiries, negotiated bids, performed cost and price analysis, and prepared comprehensive letters to justify recommended contract actions.  Ms. Wood holds an MBA from the University of New Haven and a BSBA through Robert Morris University of Pittsburgh where she is also pursuing her PhD in Instructional Management and Leadership.



April 8, 2021
10:00 am - 11:30 am


Orange County Economic Development Office
109 West Main Street
Orange, 22960 United States


Central Virginia Small Business Development Center (CVSBDC)
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