The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture Public Art Boot Camp 2016

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture,(ARTS) is invested in training the next generation of public artists, who can create culturally relevant artworks that represent the diverse population of the city of Seattle. ARTS is offering a FREE two-day intensive basic training overview to artists who are ready to translate their exhibition experience to the […]

SBA to Participate in Presidential Disaster Announcement with FEMA, State of WA

SBA will participate in a joint Presidential Disaster Announcement (PDA) with FEMA and the State of Washington in Okanogan, Chelan, Stevens and Ferry counties plus the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. The joint PDA will bring disaster assistance to residents who have incurred damages to businesses and homes from wildfires that began June 29, 2015 […]

Significant change in WOSB/EDWOSB certification

We hope to bring to light a significant change in how Women Owned Small Businesses (WOSBs) would have to register in order to be considered for sole source or EDWOSBs or WOSBs set aside contracting with the federal government. We encourage you to read and specifically raise the issue that the language in the FY2015 […]

Guidance from a Contracting Officer

We recently received an email from a local based federal agency contracting officer… “I thought I’d send through some feedback that may help the small businesses you counsel to get more consideration for federal contracts.  I’m hearing through the [agency] grapevine that small businesses are not updating the Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS) area in […]

USASpending.gov updates have a negative effect on its usability

Researching awards is an important practice for government contracts. Changes to a once user friendly and transparent data hub have reduced its usability and functionality. But have faith, with a bit of fishing around you are able to access the advanced search which produces similar results to the old system. Go directly to the advanced […]

Corporate Turnaround

Finances can be one of the most difficult issues a business can face. If you are in the weeds, the Corporate Turnaround Program may be just what you need. This SCORE and ASBDC alliance partner assists small businesses to find financing, settle past-due debts, resolve tax problems and avoid bankruptcy. from SCORE: the Benefits of […]

SUB-Net, U.S. Small Business Administration Subcontracting Network

The SUB-Net database is a listing of subcontracting solicitations and opportunities posted by large prime contractors and other non-federal agencies. SUB-Net has been used by state and local governments, non-profit organizations, colleges and universities, and even foreign governments to post solicitations and identify small businesses. Subcontracting to a prime government contractor can be a good […]

Women’s Federal Contracting Program Gains Sole Source Authority

By Gloria Larkin, President of TargetGov, www.targetgov.com Women-owned businesses racked up a huge win mid-December when Congress passed the Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which included Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) sole source authority. Sole source authority, a critical tool to increase awards of federal contracts to women-owned businesses, was one of few amendments to be […]

How to Land a Commission: Percent for Whom? Understanding the Public Art Selection Process

By Elizabeth Keithline As both an artist and a public arts administrator, I have a unique perspective on the snags and successes of securing public art commissions. A hundred artists may apply for a given opportunity—but only one can succeed. Who wins—and why? The answer, of course, varies from project to project. But after reviewing […]

Percent for Art Programs and Government Procurement

State Percent for Art policies are mechanisms for enhancing the built environment and for making public spaces more appealing, useful or accessible through the incorporation of the budget for construction or renovation of state buildings is set aside for the purchase, installation and/or maintenance of public artwork, which is usually installed on the grounds of […]