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Small Business News

From the desk of Elizabeth Moon...

November 2020

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What is a PEO – and how can it help your business?

This is a complete guide to professional employer organizations (PEOs). 

In this guide you’ll learn everything there is to know about PEOs – companies that can work with your organization to provide comprehensive and affordable payroll, benefits and human resource services through a business-to-business relationship called “co-employment.”

We’ll cover:

  • What is a PEO?

  • Why businesses use PEO services

  • How PEOs operate

  • What it means to be a certified PEO

If you want to learn what a PEO is and whether it’s a good option for managing your company’s human resources (HR), this guide is for you. Keep reading here:

August 2020

Everyone likes to be recognized for their efforts – whether it’s a very public kudos or a hand-written note discreetly mailed to their home. In fact, employee recognition is considered one of the top ways to motivate people to do their best work and increase productivity.

According to the Society of Human Resource Management ,79 percent of employees say recognition makes them work harder and 78 percent say recognition makes them more productive and better equipped to handle change.

In today’s business world where more and more companies are shifting to a remote workforce and spending less time interacting face-to-face, finding new ways to reward your employees is more important than ever.

Here are 10 ideas to reward your remote employees and help them stay motivated to do their best work yet.

June 2020

Developing a mindset of resilience during changes and crises

When your organization goes through unstable or challenging times, it’s critical that everyone on your team adopt a mindset of resilience.

A mindset of resilience is:

The capacity to continue to develop despite disruption – for example, being able to adapt to changing circumstances, incorporate new behaviors and follow new processes

The ability to let go of what makes you comfortable

A tolerance for ambiguity

May 2020

How to build a successful work-from-home program: 4 steps

Say your best talent is out of commuting range. Or, a new parent wants to work from home for a couple of years. Or, maybe teleworking was thrust upon your company during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Today, more than ever before, it’s important for business leaders to understand how to setup a successful remote work program. It requires deliberation, planning and, likely, some investment in technology.

Here’s what you need to know to build a successful work-from-home program.

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Small Business News

Advanced Computer Learning is Preparing Network Curriculum for Joint Tactical Operations Program

Advanced Computer Learning Co. LLC,* Fayetteville, North Carolina, is being awarded an $8,207,152 single-award, firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the development of curriculum material and the instruction on the use of unique networks in the Joint Staff Joint Tactical Operations Interface Training Program and the U.S.

Atlantic Signal is Supplying Helmet Communications Gear to the Marines

Atlantic Signal LLC,* Topeka, Kansas, is awarded a $45,128,388 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the purchase of up to a combined maximum quantity of 233,736 units inclusive of hearing enhancement devices, cables, push-to-talks, hygiene kits and helmet adapters. Work will be performed in Topeka, Kansas, and is expected to be complete by September 2025.

American Superconductor is Supplying the Navy with a High Temperature Degaussing System

American Superconductor Corp.,* Devens, Massachusetts, is awarded a $14,940,659 hybrid firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract in support of the supplies and services required to deliver a high temperature superconducting degaussing system (HTS).

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AFCEA Small Business Events

SIGNAL WEBINAR sponsored by Perspecta: IT modernization: Finding the balance between innovation and standardization
01/19/2021 - 01/19/2021

Innovation for advantage, one of the pillars of DOD's digital modernization strategy, is the rationale for deployment of cloud, cyber and other improvements that support warfighters. But how do widely available, standards-based technologies fit within the innovation framework? How do DOD leaders approach a modernization effort so they adhere to the overall strategy and still get basic functions accomplished cost effectively and with the lowest risk? This webinar's panelists will provide answers to these and related questions.

EPIC Academic Outreach Series
01/19/2021 - 01/19/2021

Join AFCEA's Emerging Professionals in the Intelligence Community committee (EPIC) members for an evening that will provide an opportunity for students, post-docs and other young professionals to better understand the opportunities and roles available to them within the IC. Panelists will share personal stories about their backgrounds, the routes they took into the IC, their current role as well as personal thoughts about openings for recent graduates. Ample time will be provided for Q&A, and participants can join breakout sessions with individual panelists to delve into topics of interest.

SIGNAL WEBINAR sponsored by Tamr: Bringing Speed, Agility and Insights to Geospatial Data
01/19/2021 - 01/19/2021

Agencies and departments have a huge problem in their isolated data structures including their geospatial data silos. Each group wants its own repository with different access points, schema categorization and classification levels. Join this webinar to learn: Strategies to provide a foundation for near real-time geospatial information clarity for your mission; Proven tactics to improve the time-to-insights of location patterns and activities to ensure better decision-making; How to utilize machine learning coupled with human expertise to save time and improve mission effectiveness.

AFCEA Small Business Innovation & Entrepreneurship Webinar
01/21/2021 - 01/21/2021
Online, Web

Government projects and university research are at the heart of the most leading edge innovation in the country. But what is the best way to create a product and business based on one of these projects? Join us on January 21 to hear from our panel of experts on the best ways to commercialize a research project. With backgrounds in government programs, university programs, the venture community, and a CEO that has done it - the panelists will provide tangible insights on how to navigate the process from all viewpoints.

SIGNAL WEBINAR sponsored by PacStar: Intelligence at the Tactical Edge: How the convergence of distributed compute and intelligent networking is driving the next generation of battlespace situational
01/21/2021 - 01/21/2021

With all domains contested, defense research programs are looking towards multi-function RF and intelligent networking from distributed platforms to combat this threat. This webinar will explore how improved communications and computing are enabling the next generation of applications for vastly improved situational awareness, enhancing the ability to conduct rapid maneuvers, fires, and emerging capabilities such as telemedicine.

TechNet Augusta
01/26/2021 - 01/28/2021
Augusta, GA

AFCEA will be holding TechNet Augusta as a series of virtual events from January till July, leading up to our regularly scheduled in-person event in August, 2021. Content and networking will focus on key Army actions necessary to successfully Converge Information Capabilities in Support of Multi-Domain Operations.January 26: Primary/Secondary School Capture the Flag; January 27: CompTIA Mini-Bootcamp; January 28: International Cyber Challenge. Information on upcoming episodes will be available soon.

Small Business Procurement Series: Polaris and CIO-SP4
01/28/2021 - 01/28/2021

The recompete of one of the most important small business IT services, GWACs, is right in front of us. Polaris will host billions of dollars in federal technology services work throughout the 2020s and into the 2030s. Stephanie Mitchell and Brian Friel will review the timeline and discuss the steps small businesses should be taking to prepare.

Small Business Webinar series: Mergers & Acquisitions
02/04/2021 - 02/04/2021
Online, Web

It seems like every day there is another notable acquisition within the Government Contracting ecosystem. Companies are bought, sold, and merged to better meet the needs of their customers and to align themselves competitively. As a small business owner, selling your company in the future may very well be a significant part of your business strategy. In this webinar, our panel of industry experts will answer your M&A questions

AFCEA Intelligence Committee Web Series: Open & Rapid World Analysis Part 2
02/09/2021 - 02/09/2021

Discussion will focus on the strengths and weaknesses of open source analysis and corresponding lessons learned. Utilizing examples and case studies, this panel will look at actual analytic product and its effectiveness and value.

TechNet Augusta: Solution Series Episode One: "Mission Understanding: Leveraging Data in Multi-Domain Operations (MDO)"
02/16/2021 - 02/17/2021

AFCEA will be holding TechNet Augusta as a series of virtual events from January till July, leading up to our regularly scheduled in-person event in August, 2021. Content and networking will focus on key Army actions necessary to successfully Converge Information Capabilities in Support of Multi-Domain Operations.

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