Small Business Subcontracting Plans: What SBLOs Need to Know


Format: E-course
Duration: Approx. 90 minutes
Instructor: Steven Koprince, Govology Legal Analyst
Learning Credits: 1.5 CPEs, 1.5 ATCs
*This course was recorded on May 16, 2024.
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When a federal prime contractor is classified as “other than small,” the prime contractor is often responsible for preparing and carrying out a small business subcontracting plan under FAR 19.7 and other applicable laws. For Small Business Liaison Officers (SBLOs), it is critical to understand what is required for compliant subcontracting plans.

This training provides an overview of the key components SBLOs should know and understand about small business subcontracting plans. SBLOs will learn when subcontracting plans are required, how to find and identify eligible subcontractors, what elements must be included in subcontracting plans, and much more. Additionally, the course will cover common oversights and mistakes made by prime contractors in connection with establishing and implementing small business subcontracting plans.

Specifically, this training will cover the following topics:

  • Understand when a small business subcontracting plan is required for a federal prime contractor.
  • Recognize the differences between an individual subcontracting plan, a master subcontracting plan, and a commercial subcontracting plan and when each may be used.
  • Understand the categories of small businesses covered by a subcontracting plan and how the prime can find eligible companies in each category.
  • Know the required elements of a compliant small business subcontracting plan.
  • Understand the potential penalties associated with failing to comply with subcontracting plan requirements.
  • Recognize and learn to avoid common oversights and pitfalls associated with small business subcontracting plans.

Target Audience: “Other than small” businesses subject to the FAR’s subcontracting plan requirements; APEX Accelerator counselors

Meet Your Instructor:

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STEVEN KOPRINCE, Faculty Instructor and Legal Analyst, Govology

Steven J. Koprince is a Faculty Instructor and Legal Analyst at Govology. Before joining Govology, Steven founded and served as the Managing Partner of Koprince McCall Pottroff LLC, a law firm devoted exclusively to providing comprehensive legal services to federal government contractors. 

Steven is the author of The Small-Business Guide to Government Contracts (AMACOM Books, 2012) and co-author three GovCon Handbooks providing in-depth information on discrete government contracting topics. Steven also founded the blog SmallGovCon (, where he has written more than 1,100 posts on government contracting legal issues. Steven has been quoted in several national news outlets and has appeared on numerous radio programs and podcasts. A frequent featured speaker at the national conferences of the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, Steven was honored as a “Friend of APTAC” at the Spring 2016 APTAC National Conference.

In addition to his work for Govology, Steven volunteers for and serves as a Director of a nonprofit organization providing wrap-around services to disadvantaged families. He is also a co-founder and Director of a nonprofit organization promoting the great sport of pickleball in Lawrence and the surrounding area. 

Steven is a graduate of Duke University and the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary. Steven lives in Lawrence, Kansas with his wife, two children and two cuddly cats.

Steven welcomes APEX Accelerator counselors to contact him by email at and connect with him on LinkedIn.


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