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  • 08 Apr 2021 6:13 PM | Richard Brooks (Administrator)

    The first step to learning about the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is to understand DoD’s mission. The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Accreditation Body, also known as the CMMC-AB, "establishes and oversees a qualified, trained, and high-fidelity community of assessors. CMMC-AB also manages the ecosystem and oversee all the entities that can deliver consistent and informative assessments to participating organizations against a defined set of controls/best practices within the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Program."

    The CMMC Model is both created and managed by the Department of Defense (DoD). The CMMC-AB reviews and combines various trusted cybersecurity standards and best practices and uses them across several knowledge levels that range from basic cyber hygiene to advanced. The CMMC-AB manage the system that ensures OSCs implements recommended controls and processes for a given CMMC level to reduce risk against a specific set of cyber threats. This method aids in both compliance and security that is both cost-efficient and affordable for small businesses.

    The CMMC stands by DoD’s mission to secure small businesses in an economically sound way that does not disregard proper compliance and security levels that have been proven to work against cyber attacks that threaten to hack and compromise important data. The CMMC provides a secure framework in which information, such as, FCI/CUI can be protected. The CMMC is evolving and has created pioneering ways to secure important information for small businesses that builds on proven existing frameworks and methods to secure important information while considering affordability and security at the same time.

    If you are interested in bidding and serving DoD Contracts or if you are currently a federal contractor and want to continue serving federal contracts, CMMC certification allows your company to continue participation and bid on DoD contracts. Within the CMMC, there are Security Maturity level 1 through 5, five being the highest. Once your company gets CMMC certification, it will be good for up to 3 years.

    It is highly recommended by the CMMC-AB that any contractors currently working on DoD contracts, or wanting to bid on them start the pre-assessment of their business security, practices & processes, and have plans to fix any defeciencies or vulnerabilities that are found. All DoD suppliers, and eventually all federal government suppliers will need to comply with the CMMC Certification requirements.

  • 23 Feb 2021 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    Not familiar with CMMC? Well, if you are a federal contractor, you will need to be. If you have not heard, CMMC will be the most important certification you will need in the coming years as a government contractor. Maybe, more important than, 8a, WOSB, HUBZone, SDVOSB, MBE, WBE, and other such certifications for federal contracting.

    CMMC stands for Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification and it is coming… FAST. On January 31, 2020 CMMC  was announced and soon it will be expected of every DOD contractor. Eventually, civilian agencies, large primes and potentially publicly traded companies will most likely require that you implement these new requirements.

    Three Key takeaways are these:

    1. Cybersecurity risks threaten the Defense industry and the National Security of the US and its allies,

    2. The CMMC model is a collaboration between industry, academia, military, Capitol Hill and the public,

    3. This is just the first milestone.

    The goal of the CMMC is to achieve a Cyber Safe, Cyber Secure and Cyber Resilient Defense Industrial base.

    The most vulnerable link in the Defense supply chain is usually six, seven or eight levels down. This usually lies with us, the small business subcontractor. Because we may not have strong cybersecurity defense systems in place, it is relatively easy for a cyber attacker to breach our systems. We then inadvertently transmit the malware, trojan horse or a myriad of other crippling cyber threats up the supply chain as we communicate with the sub or prime contractor above us.

    Historically, $600 Billion – approximately 1% of GDP – is lost via cyberthreats. With the introduction of CMMC, the Defense industry is taking seriously the task of eliminating these threats to every extent possible.

    What is the timeline for CMMC?

    The 2021 CMMC Timeline

    The first six months of 2021 are still murky as to what the CMMC Accreditation Body and procurement officers will do. But it’s the first two quarters that will be some of the most formative in terms of the program structure moving into the next 5 years, which is when all DoD contractors and subcontractors will have to complete the CMMC.

    To learn more about CMMC, check out these resources:




  • 05 Feb 2021 1:52 PM | Sandra Wills (Administrator)

    The United States Military budget has always been generous. However, on December 21, 2019, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) increased the military budget to $738 billion. That’s $22 billion more than 2019. 

    The bill lays out how and where to allocate the funds, but a lot is left open to DoD discretion. Per usual, a large amount is allocated to specific military bases ramping up new construction. 

    The United States government is one of the largest consumers in the world. In fiscal year 2020 alone, they awarded $554 billion in contracts. If you’re in the construction industry, you ought to want the U.S. government as a customer. Federal spending for the construction industry averages around $30 billion each year.

    They pay well, and they have plenty of upcoming and ongoing construction projects. Let’s take a look at some of the new construction going on in U.S. Military bases.

    The NDAA Funds

    The NDAA listed several projects and budgets for those projects. Here are some examples of those: 

    • In North Carolina, $2.2 billion was allocated for military construction, and $1.1 billion was allocated towards Hurricane Florence recovery at Air Station New River, Air Station Cherry Point, and Camp Lejeune.

    • Fort Bragg received $96.6 million for new construction, including a special operations facility, dining facility, training complex, and more. 

    • At Camp Pendleton in California, $71.7 million was allocated for a new warehouse and mess hall, and $17.7 million for a new dental clinic and ambulatory care center. 

    • Fort Drum in New York has $21 million to go towards transportation projects. 

    • Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida was given $3.4 billion to rehabilitate hundreds of buildings that were destroyed by Hurricane Michael. 

    • Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska was given $14,5 million to demolish and rebuild 137 facilities that were damaged during flooding. 

    • Foot Hood in Texas received $32 million for new soldier barracks. The Joint Base San Antonio was given $207 million to modernize several buildings. 

    The interesting thing is that these projects list the bare minimum of what’s needed for each project. 

    For instance, most facilities need to meet energy standards, exceed building codes with a fire suppression system, and any of the bases wrecked by floods will need to be built on elevated structures versus grounded foundations.  

    However, these needs and details aren’t listed on the government contract boards. They’re very basic listings.

    Additionally, the following other bases received more than $100 million to use towards construction. 

    • Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Arizona ($189.7 million)

    • Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana ($235 million)

    • Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado ($148 million)

    • Naval Base Coronado in California ($165.8 million)

    • Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia ($143.3 million)

    • Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay located in Hawaii ($134 million)

    • Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia ($139.1 million)

    • Hill Air Force Base in Utah ($114.5 million)

    • Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach in California ($123.3 million)

    • Fort Gordon, Georgia: ($107 million) 

    While it might seem like these bases received a lot of money, all of these military bases have much more needs and plans for future years. This is evident if you peek inside any base’s plans. 

    Let’s take a look at Fort Gordon, located in Georgia. 

    Upcoming Projects at Fort Gordon, Georgia 

    In Fort Gordon, there is already $1.6 billion worth of planned investments in major R&M (restoration and modernization) and MILCON projects. These projects include a variety of different tasks to modernize and meet the mission and growth requirements of Fort Gordon. 

    Here are a few of those projects: 

    • Permanent Party and NCOA Barracks Renovations - The buildings have mold and mildew issues due to outdated HVAC systems. They estimate the cost to be around $8M per building (7 Buildings total).  

    • Child and Youth Services Facilities – There’s an enormous amount of plans for various childcare facilities. 

    • New Fitness Facility, located in AIT barracks - The cost is estimated to be around $39 million. The new facility will include: 

    • 114,540 square feet 

    • 20,000 square feet  

    • a fitness module

    • exercise module

    • gymnasium 

    • structured activity module

    • locker rooms

    • control desk

    • administrative areas

    • laundry

    • storage 

    • 3-lane indoor jogging track

    • 25-meter pool  

    • New Chapel with Religious Education center - The cost is estimated to be around $44 million. It will include: 

    • 116,400 square feet (2 stories) 

    • 600 seat sanctuary

    • activity center for 580 people 

    • 17 religious educational classrooms

    And these are just four of the projects at Fort Gordon. Some other projects are already underway or have already been awarded to contractors. 

    So, how do you make the U.S. government and military your customer? How do you become a construction contractor for the U.S. military?

    Getting Started with Military Construction

    At a base level, you need to be good at what you do. You’ll have to bid on contracts, so you want to ensure that your company is better than the average company on the street. Moreover, any specialized construction skills will go a long way in winning those contracts. 

    If you specialize in using specific materials or techniques like using tilt up panels and optimizing for energy efficiency – you’re going to stand out. But getting on the radar isn’t always easy. 

    It’s wise to use small business set-aside programs like HubZone, SDVOSB, WOSB, or the 8a Certification program which can open doors faster and limit the competition. For example, through the HubZone program $122 million was awarded to construction companies with this certification. Using programs like HubZone can help you get your foot in the door with military contracts, making landing future jobs easier. 

    The most critical thing is to start now. There’s plenty of money in military construction, and it seems to be increasing all the time. The sooner you get started, the sooner you will get your piece of the government contracting pie.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Matt Lee is the owner of the Innovative Building Materials blog and a content writer for the building materials industry. He is focused on helping fellow contractors, homeowners, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that save money, improve energy efficiency, and increase property value.

  • 05 Feb 2021 1:47 PM | Sandra Wills (Administrator)

    Atlanta, GA – (September 14th, 2020) Dr. Man Ki Kim, Professor at KAIST College of Business (www.business.kaist.edu) and Global Public Procurement Management Program, was awarded Government Contractors Association 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award at our Board of Directors Conference held in Atlanta, Georgia.

    “It is with great privilege for me to bestow to Dr. Man Ki Kim GCA's LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD and the honorary designation of CERTIFIED CAPTURE MANAGER for his commitment to the small business community and contribution in public procurement service,” said Abraham Xiong, CEO of Government Contractors Association. “GCA extends our gratitude to Dr. Kim for his ongoing work to empower entrepreneurs and corporations around the world, especially the underserved small business community in the USA.”

    “I am humbled and honored to be recognized by GCA and its Board of Directors with this Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Dr. Kim. “I’m fortunate to live my life’s mission of serving my community and the international community in fostering business and public procurement opportunities. I am fully committed to develop KAIST’s Global Public Procurement Management Program to support SMBs to enter global procurement market such as US Fed, US, EU and MDBs.”

    The Lifetime Achievement Award was conferred in recognition of Dr. Kim’s leadership and passion to educate the businesses of South Korea and the USA on international trade and the public procurement market.

    Through his role as a Professor with KAIST University and as a Senior Advisor of Global Public Procurement at Yulchon, Dr. Kim is a bridge for international business cooperation through the multiple trade missions with US small companies entering the South Korean market and vice versa.

    Prior to moving back to his native country of South Korea, Dr. Kim and his wife started a small business in Reston, Virginia as a federal government contractor. Their success of winning over $35 million in government contracts led to his passion to encourage and educate others about the opportunities in the public procurement marketplace.

    “I’m proud to see our small business members work with Dr. Kim as he has helped open many doors for US based companies in finding manufacturers and suppliers in the international market,” stated Richard Brooks, CFO of GCA.

    About Government Contractors Association, Inc. (GCA)

    GCA is a national trade association with a mission to support the small business community.  We are advocates and agents of change focused on reducing the economic disparities which exist in the government market. Our goal is to educate, facilitate, and advocate on behalf of our members, clients and the small business community. For more information: www.GovAssociation.org | info@govcontractors.org | 404-955-8080


  • 06 Nov 2020 2:03 PM | Sandra Wills (Administrator)

    The Government Contractors Association (GCA) is pleased to announce the winners of the Myra Cisse Scholarship.

    The scholarship was established to honor one of GCA’s founders who passed this Summer, Myra Cisse Smith.  Myra was an advocate for small and mid-sized businesses having helped to launch several companies on the path to government contracts.  Through Myra’s collective work at GCA, over 10,000 entrepreneurs have been trained and most importantly, businesses have won more than $900 million in government contracts.  She traveled around the globe leading trade mission trips from the US to South Korea. She supported international companies in their expansions. More notably, she was a voice for the small business community and a bridge between government agencies and small businesses.  GCA is committed to continue the work of helping SMBs to thrive in government contracting.  GCA has created an ecosystem where companies may come to find the training, answers, and the resources they need to grow their businesses through government contracting. 

    Recipients of the Myra Cisse Scholarship will receive placement in GCA’s Certified Capture Manager Program.  Through the Certified Capture Manager Program, GCA has formalized the training, development and certification of business professionals to provide business development services for government contractors.  The CCM program includes the following:

    - GovFastTrack ($1999 value)
    - GovLMS ($priceless)
    - Capture management software/Dashboard ($999 value)
    - 12 weeks of Mastermind lessons (online) ($2000 value)
    - GovBootcamp ($999 value)
    - Video course ($1997 value)
    - Business coach ($2000 value)
    - Proposal training ($500 value)
    - Testing portal (preparation for exam)
    - Exam to become a Certified Capture Manager ($500 value)

    - CCM Professional Designation (Priceless)

    - Bonus Session: (after your graduate) How to use your CCM Certification
    - Plus more (over $10K in value)

    GCA members and friends, please help us congratulate the recipients of this year’s Myra Cisse Scholarship:

    • Angela Mercer with Sproutagile


    • Keema Small with Talent Answers

    We wish our winners much success.   GCA would also like to thank all who applied for the scholarships. We encourage those who were not selected this time to apply again next year.

  • 03 Aug 2020 2:06 PM | Sandra Wills (Administrator)

    On behalf of the GCA family, Richard Brooks, Pamela Harris, Kim Yang, Herman Kitt and myself, Abraham Xiong, we are saddened and heartbroken to let you know that Myra Cisse passed after a battle with cancer. Myra was our friend, business partner, and a champion for small businesses.


    GCA is planning to host an online Memorial Service for friends and the business community to celebrate Myra’s life. It is set for Tuesday August 11th at 5pm to 6:30pm.  If you have a few words to share, let us know so we can consider it.

    Here is the link to RVSP: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4248735439771108879


    We're putting together a tribute video for Myra, so if you have any Myra moments, Myra’isms, funny stories, pictures, songs, or poems. You can also record a short video of you sharing a few words.

    - Keep your video short, ideally, 30 seconds

    - Send video in MP4 file format to: info@govcontractors.org

    - Due Wedneday evening

    Myra was a champion for the small business community and for so many of us. Her life and professional career leave a legacy of impact, hope and promises for entrepreneurs throughout the world. She empowered thousands of companies through her passion to support entrepreneurs in their journey of learning about government contracting, certifications for small businesses, and accessing the opportunities with supplier diversity programs.

    Myra started her business Certification Consultants, LLC as a way to help small businesses obtain certifications. In 2015, she became partners at Government Contractors Association to further the vision of enabling even more companies to access the billions of dollars of government contracts. Through Myra’s work, many of the companies which she helped to get certified into the 8a Program, WOSB, SDVOSB, HUBZone, MBE, WBE, and other certification programs are now thriving and growing businesses. Some of them are winning millions in government contracts.

    Through Myra’s collective work at GCA, over 10,000 entrepreneurs have been trained and most importantly, businesses have won more than $900 million in government contracts. She traveled around the globe leading trade mission trips from the US to South Korea. She supported international companies in their expansions. More notably, she was a voice for the small business community and a bridge between government agencies and small businesses.

    Myra left us too soon, but she left a legacy of impact. In her final words, she said to tell everyone that "She loves us very much."


    A GoFundMe campaign has been set up. As you contribute to this GoFundme campaign, it is your way of saying “Thank you” to Myra and how she has touched you. All funds from this GoFundMe will go to support Myra’s daughter, Bianca, settling her estate and medical expenses. Thank you in advance for your donation and support.


  • 08 Jun 2020 10:44 PM | Abraham Xiong (Administrator)


    As professionals and entrepreneurs living in a sea of change, I hope that this article finds you well. We are all navigating a pandemic, an economic crisis, and a long overdue repudiation on racism. I am concerned about COVID-19, its impact on the economy and our small business community.  

    However, I am hopeful that the worldwide protests stemming from the horrific tragedies from George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Abery will spur lasting change in this country and an end to systemic racism. It’s time for change in our hearts and our society.

    It is in this spirit that our organization, Government Contractors Association was founded. Our mission has been from the very beginning to help change the disparities which exist for minorities, women, veterans, and the disadvantaged small business community in the government market. We remain steadfast to doing our part to facilitate change.

    As such, I want to announce some changes which are happening at GCA.

    NEW OFFICE: GCA will be moving. We will NO LONGER be at our 3190 NE Expressway office. In the coming weeks, we’ll have a BIG announcement about our new office space. If you like our current space, you will love our new space. In the meantime, our team will be working remotely until our new office is ready.

    GOVDIRECTIONS: Our partnership with GovDirections has ended. For many of you who have enjoyed using GovDirections, you may continue to do so, but you’ll need to upgrade to their paid service. Moving forward, we will be providing our members with a new bid matching software called GovGenie. This new software will be more than just bid-matching, it will be a full government contracting capture management tool.

    If you would like to be a Beta User and help us improve on it, use this link: www.GovGenie.com

    NEW TEAM MEMBER: GCA has added a new team member. Meet Carlos Smiley. He has been an important figure in the government contracting world. He brings a background as a government contracting insider and a community leader. Learn more about him and see how his expertise can help your business grow in the government market.

    Join us on June 9th at 6pm, Tuesday for this class which he will be teaching.

    Behind the Veil: What Happens After the Submission of Your Proposal? www.govassociation.org/events

  • 07 Apr 2020 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    Business Fundamentals

    As a fellow business owner, I know a few things about you.

    1. You are a leader, not a follower. If the pack is going right, then you are probably going left,

    2. You tend to like things done “your way”. I mean, who can blame you since you ARE right most of the time ,

    3. You are a bit of a risk taker. How else do you explain taking the leap and starting your own business?

    I know all of this because I am you. I’m a business owner myself so I know how we think. And though the above qualities make us bold and tenacious business people, they don’t always make for great operations people. So, here’s some straight talk. Get your business act together.

    I work with business owners all of the time who want to grow their business with federal, state, local or corporate contracts. When I talk with these businesses about their work and start asking questions to see what certification would help to achieve their goals, I get to see behind the curtain. And sometimes, it’s a real mess! Let me provide a few generic examples.

    I began talking with a prospect in March of 2018 who was asking about 8(a) certification for their business. One of the prerequisites for 8(a) is that the company be in business for 2 years. The company was working and advertising themselves as a business but they were not officially registered nor were they reporting the income as business revenue. I provided them the information they needed to properly register the company; but they were hesitant because they were concerned about what that would do to the history of the “business” – really a side hustle – they’d been running for almost 10 years. Fast forward to today, April 2020, over 2 years later. The business still has not formally organized and therefore doesn’t have the legal documents needed for certification. Lesson # 1: One or two years from now, you’ll wish you started today.

    Another prospect came to me a while ago inquiring about WBE certifications. I talked with the company and was impressed with the work they were doing with some local municipalities. However, I discovered the legal name they were using was for another business one of the owners had. The problem was that the work the company was doing was completely different than the name suggested. It would be like having an accounting firm doing business under the name of XYZ Doggie Daycare. It just doesn’t make sense. Lesson #2: Consistency is key.

    Neither of the companies in the aforementioned examples were bad businesses; they were just missing a foundation. I oftentimes see companies that have no foundation and no structure. The business is being held together with toothpicks and Band-Aids. When I see companies like this, I have to lovingly tell them to get their house in order before I can begin working with them.

    The foundation is the most important part of any building. Without a foundation, the house or building you are in now would eventually collapse. Now it may not happen immediately, but structural issues will inevitably and completely destroy a building. The same is true of the business you are building. Make sure you protect your investment by shoring up the foundation if it’s weak. The clear and consistent message I’ve gotten over the past 9 years of helping businesses is this. Lesson #3: If you don’t treat your business like a business, no one else will.

    Myra Smith Cisse

    Program Manager, Independent Contractor

    Government Contractors Association

  • 31 Mar 2020 7:17 AM | Anonymous

    With unsettling turmoil erupting all around us and every email notice, radio ad, and news report discussing COVID-19, I decided this week to take a different approach for GCA’s weekly blog.

    As a true entrepreneur and planner by nature, I find myself in “Ready to Fix” mode most of the time.  Some of my questions include:  How do I budget all expenses until the end of the month?  What is the next collaboration that my brand should be affiliated with?  How do I stay relevant at such an awkward and uncertain time as this?  I am sure you experience this too.

    Well when it comes to the collaboration question, I find myself grateful to have position my brand to partner with other business owners connected to GCA.  From the education taught to me by the Government Contractors Association, I can honestly say I am better prepared to go after a piece of the pie.  Did you know that the government has ordered over $2 TRILLION dollars to be available to corporations for this outbreak?  Your well may be drying up in the commercial desert so I can’t think of any better time to have your team in position to win government contracts!

    Now for the next few Wednesdays, GCA is hosting a free weekly webinar series at 12 noon EST called, “Navigating the Government Market Through the Coronavirus Pandemic.”  Special guests will share valuable information on how to realign your finances, where to find government forgivable loans for financing, where to find the actual opportunities from the government and so much more.  

    Also mark your calendars for the highly anticipated webinar class set for Friday; April 17th from 1pm to 3pm EST that is going to show you how to win those emergency contracts.  Abe Xiong, founder of GCA and Myra Cisse, international capture manager of Certified Federal Contractors will co-team to educate business owners on steps to prepare the proposals, where to find the bids, get a sample bid sheet, and so much more.  Visit www.govassociation.org/events for more details and to register for all of the events today!

    Pamela A. Hagrris, CFCP

    Membership/Events Coordinator

    With unsettling turmoil erupting all around us and every email notice, radio ad, and
    news report discussing COVID-19, I decided this week to take a different approach
    for GCA’s weekly blog.
    With unsettling turmoil erupting all around us and every email notice, radio ad, and
    news report discussing COVID-19, I decided this week to take a different approach
    for GCA’s weekly blog.
    As a true entrepreneur and planner by nature, I find myself in “Ready to Fix” mode
    most of the time. Some of my questions include: How do I budget all expenses
    until the end of the month? What is the next collaboration that my brand should be
    affiliated with? How do I stay relevant at such an awkward and uncertain time as
    this? I am sure you experience this t
  • 10 Mar 2020 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    All businesses need capital to succeed and there are many sources for business funding. Traditionally, businesses owners turn to banks which are great sources of capital if you meet their requirements and restrictions. Unfortunately, banks seem to favor businesses that do not need money, which is good to know. The best time to develop your banking relationships is when you do not need funding and before you have an emergent need.

    Many business owners self-fund their businesses with savings and credit cards. Some use retirement savings betting on themselves but possibly putting their retirement in jeopardy. Oftentimes a business owner may have their personal and business finances so intertwined that, if their business experiences any financial difficulty, their personal credit begins to suffer. It then becomes difficult for them to get mortgages and personal car loans.

    There are other funding sources, but they can all present challenges for a business owner.

    Funding Source

    • Banks

    • Credit Cards

    • Personal Loan

    • Factoring/Receivables Financing

    • Friends/Family

    • Hard Money


    • Traditional (tough to get funding)

    • Limited usage

    • Needs strong credit score

    • Only available after invoiced

    • Can lose their relationships

    • Requires hard assets for collateral

    When it comes to contracting, many subcontractors could become prime contractors with the right funding support behind them. Many contractors could pursue more contracts if they had the money to get new contracts started. With this in mind, GovBridge Capital, Inc (GBC) was started to offer Mobilization Funding, a funding solution customized for government contractors.

    Mobilization Funding is early stage funding for the startup of you contract. GBC’s Mobilization Funding can be used for project specific payroll, supplies, travel, insurance and other project related expenses. The funding is short-term and is intended to help the contractor get started and stabilized until project payments can sustain the ongoing effort. Each loan is customized to fit the needs of the contractor.

    Contractors can get pre-qualified for Mobilization Funding by going to www.govbridgecapital.com.

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