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March 22, 2017

By Jen Emswiler | Harkcon’s Program Control Analyst

How do you control changes to your projects? When there are approved changes within the scope of your project, what are you doing to ensure that these changes are controlled? Rory Burke states, “The project manager must be able to develop a fully integrated information and control system to plan, instruct, monitor and control large amounts of data, quickly and accurately to facilitate the problem-solving and decision-making process.” As project managers we typically have a lot on our plates and are responsible for controlling our projects in regards to the schedule, budget, risk, quality and performance. We understand that projects can experience change at any phase due to internal or external factors and that changes may impact schedules, costs, and resource allocation.

In order to effectively manage project changes we need to understand how to control change while reducing risk and unnecessary disruption to the project. This can be ch...

March 14, 2017

By Ali Waterman | Harkcon’s Financial Specialist

Invoicing can be a tedious process for any company, but there are ways to simplify the process and breeze through it every month. Here are some tips and tricks I use to manage the invoices for Harkcon.

  1. Create an invoice template that can be used across multiple contracts. It will save time when creating new contract invoicing and helps standardize all the invoices. At Harkcon, I have two templates; one for Firm Fixed Price contracts and one for Time and Materials, but the majority of the two templates are the same. I build the templates to automate as much of the process as possible, so I only have to update a handful of sections per month.

  2. Request information from project managers a few days before the end of the month. For many invoices at Harkcon, we have a brief description of work performed for the month. Most project managers can provide this information before the end of the month and when invoicing starts on the 1st of the...

March 9, 2017

By Kristin Ghanem | Harkcon’s Contract Management Specialist 

Government contracts may be set-aside for small businesses who meet the following certification and socio-economic category requirements:

  • 8(a) Business Development

  • HubZone Program

  • Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program

  • Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) Program

In the next series of posts, we are going to spend some time discussing the basic requirements of each program and the steps you need to take to qualify.

Today we are focusing on the 8(a) Business Development Program.

What is the 8(a) Business Development Program?

The 8(a) Program is an assistance program for small disadvantaged businesses that are at least 51 percent owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.  It helps thousands of businesses gain access to and traction in government contracting.

The program’s goal is to graduate businesses that will thrive in a competitive environment.  Bec...

March 3, 2017

By Marty Jenkins | Harkcon’s Communications Specialist 

Something totally unforeseen has happened and my marketing plan has stalled! Should I throw out my plan and try again next year? Maybe I will just sweep it under the rug because…eh, I wasn’t that serious about it anyway. After all, it was more of a suggestion! What is the real benefit of following it? It has already started to crumble and fall apart, right? WRONG!

It is in moments like these that you need to firmly immerse yourself in your marketing plan and follow these three steps:

  1. Identify - First, identify what went wrong.  Maybe budget cuts happened, or you did not meet a projected goal, that’s okay. It’s important to identify the error and move on to the next step to fix the error.

  2. Analyze - In life it is important for us to learn from the unexpected, and the same goes for your marketing plan. It is in confrontation with the unforeseen that we grow and learn the most.  In order to learn it is important to analyze...

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