LSI In The Community

Defense Alliance event discusses how the federal government invests in private business

by Jonathan Williams, Communication Specialist

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On May 8, 2019, great things were happening in the Twin Cities as LSI’s Chip Laingen hosted Brad Pantuck from the Office of Naval Research for an engaging discussion on how the federal government invests in private business. . . .

Disruptive technology for small business is here locally

by Angie Tymofichuk, Vice President of Science, Technology and Research

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Have you joined the additive bandwagon? Not too many years ago, additive manufacturing, or AM, was an emerging technology beyond the reach of small businesses, not to mention individuals. Today, our kids have access to it in their classrooms and businesses have incorporated it into their production lines and products. In fact, a significant number of companies are taking advantage of AM’s design flexibility to enhance their products. . . .

Stay local, bid local

by Pam Pederson, Senior Government Consultant

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The federal government buys an estimated $600-billion worth of goods and services every year. These purchases range from complex systems to cleaning supplies and engineering expertise to janitorial services. What’s more, under federal law, 23-percent of these contracts are to be set aside for small business—that’s $138-billion or more for small businesses to claim. . . .

FAR Part 2: How your small business can benefit in the government contracting arena

by Doug Friedli, Senior Business Development Consultant

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As promised, this month we’re taking a slightly deeper dive into how the FAR is designed to help your small business compete. Missed last month’s blog? Take a few minutes to catch up here. . . .

Congressional goals open doors to opportunity for small business: Are you in?

by Doug Friedli, Senior Business Development Consultant

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If you run a small business and have thought about bidding on government contracts, you’ve most likely looked into the FAR. Truth be told, this set of federal regulations, formally known as the Federal Acquisition Regulation, can be pretty daunting, even for the pros. Fortunately, the government has provisions to give small businesses a leg up. This month and next month we’ll highlight parts of the FAR most pertinent to small firms. . . .