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Event: Simplifying Government Contracting & Bid Protests

5 Things Your Small Business Should Know About Federal Government Contracts

​ Join Matthew Schoonover—author of the 5 Things You Should Know series on SmallGovCon—for a discussion about relevant topics for small business government contractors. In this presentation, Matt will break down complex government contracting topics into easy-to-understand principles and discuss their impact on your small business. Matt will also discuss why being a small business can be advantageous to federal government contractors, explain how to qualify under SBA’s socio-economic programs, and provide insight into how your business can avoid being found affiliated with another.

Debriefings and Bid Protests: How to Protect Your Interests After the Award

Every government contractor shudders when they hear the words bid protest. After all, defending a challenge by a disappointed offeror isn’t the best way to celebrate an award.

Even still, bid protests are an important part of the procurement process. In this discussion, Matt will give attendees the ins-and-outs of the bid protest process. Relying on statistical data and his professional experience, Matt will discuss how and where to file a bid protest, and the most (and least) successful protest arguments. Armed with this information, participants will better understand how to defend their awards in the face of a protest or challenge an award to a competitor.

Matthew Schoonover is a partner at Koprince Law LLC, where he counsels clients about the unique legal issues they experience working with the federal government.

Registration Cost is only $25

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Time: Wednesday, August 29, 2018
8:00 a.m. to 12 noon
Location: El Paso Community College
Administrative Services Center
9050 Viscount Blvd., Bldg. A. Boardroom
El Paso, TX 79925
Event: Defense Contract Audit Agency
(DCAA) Accounting Seminar

WHO is the DCAA and WHY should it matter to My Company?

DCAA performs contract audits for the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and provides accounting and financial advisory services regarding contracts and subcontracts for Acquisition and Contract Administration.

Many federal contract awards are contingent upon a successful evaluation of a contractor’s accounting system and their ability to meet all established requirements.

This seminar will allow you to learn about DCAA and the types of audits they perform. It is your opportunity to receive skills first hand from DCAA with targeted and in-depth information, as well as the best tactics and strategies on how to establish adequate accounting systems and price proposals.

This seminar will provide insight into the DCAA organization and equip you with the tools necessary to understand the regulatory criteria for establishing an adequate account system. It will allow you to acquire an overview of how to prepare adequate incurred cost proposals. This training will help you understand what and why a real-time labor evaluation is performed. It will also aid you in handling your responsibilities as a Prime Contractor for adequate subcontract administration, and assist you in getting a grip on preparing an adequate price proposal.

  • Introduction & DCAA Overview
  • Accounting System Requirements
  • Incurred Cost Submissions
  • Real-Time Labor Evalutation
  • Monitoring Subcontracts
  • Proposal Adequacy
No Fee to Attend
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Time: Thursday, September 6, 2018
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: El Paso Community College
Administrative Services Center
9050 Viscount Blvd., Bldg. B. Room B324
El Paso, TX 79925
Event: 13th Annual Veterans Business Conference

The El Paso Community College Contract Opportunities Center will host the 13th Annual Veterans Business Conference. The conference will be held at the Centennial Banquet & Conference Center, 11199 Sergeant E. Churchill, Fort Bliss, Texas 79916 on December 4, 2018 from 8:00am – 4:00pm.


This conference is open to all businesses, contractors, and vendors interested in contracting with government agencies. There will be a focus on Veteran/Service Disabled Veteran Owned businesses, but all businesses are invited.

This conference provides a venue for local and regional Veteran-Owned businesses to make federal agencies and their prime contractors aware of their existence and capabilities. It further allows businesses of all socioeconomic categories to network and begin the development of business relationships. Historically, this conference has been a resource for government agencies and contractors to extend their outreach to West Texas and its veteran and commercial business community.

Active duty military personnel that are about to transition to civilian life and have an interest in being entrepreneurs are strongly encouraged to attend this conference. Organizations that assist in business development have been invited to participate.

Registration Fees: The registration fee is $35 per person (presenters & panelist excluded). The registration fee includes continental breakfast and lunch. To register please visit the registration page.

Booth Space: Requests for booth/exhibitor space must be received at the time registrations are submitted or no later than two weeks prior to the event. There will be a fee of $100, for booth /exhibitor space, in addition to the $35 registration fee. Electricity is available for an additional fee of $25. Priority for booth/exhibitor space will be given to sponsors, government agencies, and government prime contractors. All others will be accepted on a first-come, first served basis as long as space is available. All booths must be paid 1 week prior to the event. Booth space is 8ft wide. Any display that is wider than 8ft must be noted when registering so that proper accommodation can be made. Please note that any display wider than 10 ft may require the purchase of an additional booth space.

Sponsorship Opportunities: Conference sponsorship opportunities are available. All corporate partners, supporting organizations and interested firms are invited to sponsor this event. For more information about sponsorship please click here.

Lodging: If you are in need of lodging a list of hotels in close proximity to the event is provided at the following link.

Should you need any additional information or have any questions or concerns please contact Pablo Armendariz, 915‐831‐7747 email: or Keith Gutierrez, 915‐831‐7749 email

Time: December 4, 2018
Location: Centennial Banquet & Conference Center
11199 Sergeant E. Churchill
Fort Bliss, Texas 79916
The Contract Opportunities Center is administered by the El Paso Community College