New SBA deputy administrator confirmed by Senate

Marie Collins Johns will be the second-ranking official at the Small Business Administration, with responsibilities for management, policy development and program supervision.

SBA honors computer simulation exec

The small business uses video games-based training to help prepare government agencies and businesses for emergencies and other types of critical training, according to SBA.

SBA leader vows to crack down on small-business fraud

SBA plans to become more aggressive in suspending and debarring companies from receiving federal contracts, the agency's administrator tells a House committee.

Senators again try for small business parity

Proposal would strip HUBzone businesses of their special standing among small businesses.

Federal court gives HUBZone program priority

The Small Business Act makes it mandatory, not optional, to give HUBZone companies a preference over other small businesses, a judge rules.

SBA proposed rule directs set-aside contracts to women-owned firms

A proposed rule is designed to help agencies award 5 percent of federal contracting dollars to women-owned small businesses.

SBA tries again to help women-owned businesses get contracts

The Small Business Administration today proposed a procurement set-aside rule that would give women business-owners more opportunities in federal contracting.

SBA proposes subtraction rule to contracting goals

Agencies must subtract contract awards from small-business award totals if, even after the award, SBA concludes the firm isn’t eligible to be considered small

Senate bill takes aim at HUBZone fraud

The bill seeks to ensure that only eligible firms participate in the HUBZone program.

House bill would punish users of front companies

A new bill in the House would penalize people who set up a company as a front to another business to get a government contract.

Bill would jail crooks who wrongly get set-aside contracts

The House bill would also require establishing a database of businesses owned by service-disabled veterans and develop criteria to enter the program.

Fake firms rip off SBA set-aside program for $100M

Agencies that award contracts to service-disabled veterans don’t check on whether a company is eligible for the special set-aside and millions are lost, GAO official says.

Small-business contractors get bump from stimulus funds

As of Oct. 2, the government overall has awarded 26 percent of the economic stimulus law's funds to contracts for small businesses, an estimated $4 billion.

Hey, small businesses: Uncle Sam wants you!

In a governmentwide plan for more outreach to small firms, Commerce Department and Small Business Administration officials plan to take part in more than 200 industry events by mid-October.

Agencies plan small-business outreach

Commerce Department and Small Business Administration officials plan more than 200 events before mid-October.

New-age problem solver

Jason Khan, CTO and business development director at Touchstone Consulting Group, helps federal clients tackle tough privacy and security challenges of new technologies.

SBA rules out of sync with mission

Small Business Administration rules in several key areas do not align with its core mission to help citizens to start, build and grow businesses from the ground up.

GAO rejects request to review HUBZone decisions

SBA and OMB contended GAO overreached its authority in ruling that HUBZone businesses should get priority over 8(a) small businesses and service-disabled, veteran-owned small businesses.

ANCs head to Capitol Hill to polish image

Native8(a)works launched its effort to tell Congress about what SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program does for the United States’ indigenous people.

Mills confirmed to head SBA

Karen Mills would help put SBA back on track to carry out its lending, technical assistance and entrepreneurship programs, a senator said.