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Open Lab: Certification and Ask-Me-Anything

  • 02 Nov 2022
  • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Online


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Open Lab: Certification and Ask-Me-Anything

This week’s lab is set up as Open Office hours for you to attend to get extra help. It's designed to help you get caught up, ask questions, review homework, AMA: ask-me-anything, or anything else you may need support with.


  • What are Small Business Certifications
  • What are the different types of certifications
  • Why do you need them
  • How to team with certified small businesses
  • What are set-asides and the goal to increase it to 15% of awards to SDB’s
  • What are Sole Source Contracts
  • Review your certification plan
  • Review your certification paperwork for submission
  • Q&A time

Extra: (As time permits)

How to write an 8a Business Plan

How to write your Disadvantage Narrative for the 8a program


If you need your instructor to review your content during lab, use this link to submit your content:


BONUS: Certification Checklist for those who attend the Lab Session

CLASS TIME: Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm (EST)/ 10am to 11am (PST)

LOCATION: Online (Remote access will be emailed to confirmed registrants)

REGISTER FOR CLASSEShttps://www.govassociation.org/events


Classes are awesome, but Labs are even better. Come join us weekly as we train and prepare you to capture government contracts. These Lab sessions are designed to prepare CCM students with hands-on support through your government contracting journey.

Also, these lab sessions are open to all GCA members, partner members and the public. You're welcome to attend the labs with the CCM students. Join the official CCM program when you're ready to receive all the course material and software.

Get all the benefits of being in the CCM Program: www.capturemanagement.org


  • Branding Labs: Get help with your business infrastructure, branding, business name, capability statement, capability brief, capability website, capability video, business card, etc.
  • Marketing Labs: Learn about networking, relationship building, creating your Dream 100, email marketing, competitor research, etc.
  • Proposal Labs: Used to dive deeper into proposal writing, cost estimation, competitor research, go-or-no go decisions, creating a requirement matrix, reviewing your proposals, compliance, etc.
  • Open Labs: These labs are set up as open office hours for you to attend to get extra help. It's designed to help you get caught up, ask questions, review homework, AMA: ask-me-anything, or other items you may need support with.


Use this link to submit content:



Each Lab will follow this general agenda outlined here: (agenda may change based on topics)

  • 5 minutes of intro, chat, status update
  • 15 minutes of PPT training on a specific topic for the week
  • 10 minutes of Q&A about the week’s lesson or any other items
  • 25 minutes of reviewing specific students work (students should submit content for review prior to class)
  • 5 minutes of announcements, final comments
  • Submit content for review prior to class: link: https://forms.gle/zai6Qpgb8oTJEsnX8


We cover a new topic each session. We will guide you through our 12 Steps to Winning Government Contract Methodology.

1) ASSESSMENT: Do you have resources? finances, credit, hr/strong staff, talents, mobilization capital

2) STRATEGY: Do you have a strategic plan? short/long term, jv, teaming, mentor protégé, sub, prime

3) EDUCATION: Do you speak governese? Understand contracting language, regulations, policies, standards, etc

4) REGISTRATION: How to get registered for opportunities. What certifications will you need, etc.

5) IMAGE: How's your brand? strong, recognizable, broad, reputation, past performance

6) MARKETING: Capability statement, biz card, website, marketing collateral, brand that speaks to gov't buyers?

7) RELATIONSHIP: Do you have the proper types of relationships in the gov't market. Triangle of relationships

8) OPPORTUNITY: Do you know where to find oppty’s, FBO, bid match, past awards, prospecting, etc?

9) PROPOSAL: Can you write proposals? Can you learn or hire one? technical experts, estimators

10) PERFORMANCE: Can you deliver and perform or do you need subs?

11) COMPLIANCE: Are you DCAA compliant? accounting system, cyber ready, QA program, insurance, bonding?

12) CLOSURE: Successful completion of project? Proper close out? Paid yet? ACO happy?

Who Should Attend:

  • CCM students
  • BD/Sales professionals
  • CEO, Executives and key decision makers of companies
  • Entrepreneurs and small business owners
  • Business Development Managers
  • Consultants looking to grow professionally
  • Capture managers looking to gain a competitive edge
  • Contracting professionals and government employees
  • All members of Government Contractors Association
  • Primes, subcontractors, & potential teaming partners
  • New & existing business owners interested in expanding into the government market

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