Host Neil McDonnell interviews government small business experts and brings you tips and insights from the agency perspective. Discover how small businesses can research opportunities, build relationships, promote their capabilities, request small business set-aside (SBSA) opportunities and secure government business contracts.Click below to listen to individual episodes and read blog summaries
CMMC 1 is the first level of maturity for the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC). At Level 1, companies are practicing “Basic Cyber Hygiene” and Processes are being performed at least in an ad-hoc manner.
Emily Harman introduces the Navy's Office of Small Business Programs and advises how to build strategic relationships with the 10 buying commands and research federal contracting and subcontracting for HUBZone small businesses.
Discover the exciting projects at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Learn how to find business partners and subcontracting opportunities in NASA's Vendor Database (NVDB) with Subcontracting Module.
In her final pre-retirement interview, Emily discusses DOD’s annual Small Business Training Week and her session on the power of positive small business storytelling as a strategy.
Video | Our February webinar provides a step by step process on 'How to Differentiate Yourself as a SME –Subject Matter Expert,' how to determine your core SME status and how to get your expert content in front of the right audiences.
Tommy Marks | Director, Army Office of Small Business Programs
Melea Crouse | Assistant Director, Office of Small Business Programs, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, SWD
Karla Babb | Small Business Professional, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District
Christy Jackiewicz | Acting Director, Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization
Gary Lyttek | Small Business Source Manager, Office of Acquisition and Project Management (NA-APM), National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
Lani MacRae | Small Business Program Manager, Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
Vanessa Chavez | Lead Contracting Officer, Interior Business Center
Heidi Hubbell | Bureau Acquisition Career Coordinator
Greg Moore | U.S. Fish & Wildfire Service
Michele Waters | Interior Business Center
Eric Weisman | National Park Service - Intermountain Region
Where HUBZone-certified Small Businesses discuss response strategies for specific Sources Sought and RFIs.
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More than 50 videos– a narrated tour of specific agency and large prime contractor sites. We point out the strengths and weaknesses of each site and how to get the data you need.
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The Navy's Office of Small Business Program directory provides NAVFAC Contracting Officers information about HUBZone firms that want to work with the Navy.
Video | Congratulations! An overwhelming response by chamber members to a recent Sources Sought has resulted in $200 Million Set Aside for HUBZone small business contractors.
Tiffany Scroggs | Washington State PTAC
Anna Urman | Virginia PTAP
Gary Moore | Idaho PTAC
Carter Merkle | Oklahoma PTAC
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Della Simmons | Small Business Professional, Elmendorf-Richardson AFB
Mark Snyder | Director of Business Operations, Sheppard AFB
Tracy Nicholson | Director, AFSC Small Business Office, Tinker AFB
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The best way to get a federal contracting opportunity set-aside for HUBZone companies ... is to specifically request that the contract be set aside during the Sources Sought market research phase! Read the recommendations here.
Mark Amtower (Columbia, MD) provides powerful tips for defining your business niche, highlighting differentiation, building strategic relationships, conducting effective research, and using social media and networks.
Lani MacRae (Golden, CO) offers specific tips and superb advice to help small businesses develop capability statements that grab the attention of contracting officers.
Albert Garza (Ft Worth, TX) offers valuable tips for connecting with business specialists, maximizing the benefits of outreach events, 'doing the contracting officer homework for them!'
In the first 6 months since its founding, the HUBZone Chamber membership has exploded. Companies nationwide are embracing the chance to strategize with each other–in LIVE conversations– before responding to Sources Sought, share wisdom and best practices.
Dr. Gary Heard (Alabama) offers insights to SBA’s Certificates of Competency, CASL (Army’s Competition Advocates Shopping List), contracting officer review process and key prep required from small businesses.
Brent Owens (Hill Air Force Base, Utah) discusses purchasing trends for Air Force bases, regional training for small business and contracting officers, market research and the SBA's All Small Business Mentor-Protégé program.
Alan Oakes offers perspective on the contract review process within USDA-FAM and how to seek small business opportunities within the agency.
Colleen Burns (El Paso, TX) discusses the importance of promoting qualifications, quality research, continuing education, different contracting roles and proactive relationships with PCRs and business specialists
Sally Walton (Albuquerque) offers powerful small business contracting strategies, clarifies the scope of agencies, and demystifies important regulations and limitations of sub-contracting for small business set asides.
Kenneth Silvia (Savannah), area wide PCR and CMR, provides insights on how contracting officers review market research, and offers specific technical suggestions and strategies for small business contractors
Phil MacLean (OH) discusses important differences between OSDBUs, Small Business Specialists, and PCRs; procurement review; agency points of contact; researching historical awards, internal source lists, and subcontracting listings
Randy Marchiafava (New Orleans) discusses the many roles of PCRs, strategic approaches to government contracting, the power of FedBizOpps, and some lesser known SBA resources.
Kevin Boshears addresses the scope of DHS, the contract consideration process, and how small businesses can position themselves to become strategic contracting partners.
Rob Sanchious discusses trends in government contracting and why responding fast and bringing focused solutions is critical to success.
Lyle Roggow (OK) discusses the critical support regional economic development organizations provide growing businesses including incubators and pivotal resources to help local entrepreneurs become successful.
Mae Mathieu, Deputy for Small Business Programs on the Marine Corps' Base Quantico, discusses how small businesses can effectively engage government representatives using accurate capability statements, database listings, and NAICS codes.
Joyce Thurmond (GA) Deputy Area Director of SBA Area III, discusses the importance of personal relationships with local SBA offices, researching your competition,quality preparation, and the role of PCRs.
Tom Rogers (AL) PCR/ COC Specialist stresses how small businesses get more government contracts by working together, developing reliable performance records and providing needed solutions.
Janet Scott, Director of the Department of Education OSBDU, discusses best practices, tips and strategies to build strategic relationships with Department of Education
Denise Benjamin Sirmons, OSBDU Director at the EPA, discusses EPA contracts awarded to small businesses and offers tips and strategies to build strategic relationships
Get contracting tips and strategies from agency experts and learn how to more effectively present your services to federal sector buyers.
In less than 6 months, the HUBZone Chamber of Commerce has grown to more than 900 members!
Video | Chamber founder Neil McDonnell presents to industry leaders and government agencies at DOE and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) HUBZone Small Business Outreach event.
Many Chamber members are also Veteran-Owned small businesses. The VA has a budget of $3.279 Billion in construction-related procurements for FY 2019.