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Small Solar Technology Businesses Poised to Bid on $7 Billion Project

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Mr. Richard Kidd, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Energy & Sustainability)

Seven small businesses pre-qualified to compete for solar technology projects participated in a pre-proposal conference Wednesday, August 20, at Redstone Arsenal, AL, to go over a request for proposals to build a renewable solar energy facility capable of producing up to 18,000 megawatt hours per year for the Arsenal.

Forty-nine solar companies, both large and small businesses, are eligible to submit proposals for the project. In addition to the seven small businesses, 17 large businesses attended the pre-proposal event. Proposals are due September 23.

The project, developed by Redstone

Army to Host Small Business Seminar at 2014 AUSA Annual Meeting

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Army Small Business Seminar at the 2014 AUSA Annual Meeting

The Army will host the Small Business Seminar at the Association for the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting again this year on October 14 and 15 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. The seminar was a tremendous success last year, with over 300 small business firms in attendance.

The agenda includes:

  • Army and Department of Defense acquisition officials, small business advocates, and prime contractors.
  • Information on upcoming requirements and contracting opportunities.
  • Updates on small business legislation.
  • An overview of the Army Mentor-Protégé Program,

HQDA OSBP Assists Huntsville Engineering and Support Center Small Business Program

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Ms. Rebecca Vucinaj, Chief, Huntsville Engineer and Support Center OSBP, and Ms. Sharon Morrow, Acting Director, Headquarters U.S. Army Corps of Engineers OSBP.

Army OSBP and Headquarters U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) OSBP conducted an assist visit to the USACE Huntsville Engineering and Support Center August 19-20. The purpose of the assist visit was to:

  • Provide assistance, education and consultancy to the small business professionals at the Huntsville Center.
  • Recognize best practices that the Huntsville Center utilizes in support of the small business programs.
  • Make recommendations on any issues identified in the mission that could be rectified.
  • Identify further activities that, if implemented, would add value to the small business program.

Army Drives Federal Small Business Goal Achievement

Monday, August 4, 2014

The Small Business Administration announced Friday that for the first time in eight years the federal government met its 23 percent statutory goal for small business contracting in fiscal year 2013. The Army played a major role in this success, spending more dollars with small businesses than any other federal agency.

Learn, Train, Lead: Army Small Business Personnel Attend Professional Training

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Sixty-six Army small business professionals from around the country participated in a three-day professional training event May 20-22 in Alexandria, Va. The theme was "Learn, Train, Lead" and topics included the Federal Acquisition Regulation rule-making process; Small Business Administration Surveillance Reviews; The Federal Procurement Data System; and how to plan conferences and outreach events.

Army Small Business Performance Changes by Industry Area

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Army small business achievement has grown from 26.39 percent in FY2012 to 27.38 percent in FY2013; a total of about one percent. Below is a breakdown of the changes in small business achievement by industry area, as defined by the 16 Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy (DPAP) portfolio groups (

Senior Leader Interview: LTG William N. (Bill) Phillips, a Champion for Army Small Business Utilization, Retires

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

LTG William (Bill) Phillips, Principal Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition Logistics and Technology) retired on April 4. In honor of his illustrious career and exemplary support of small business, Army OSBP reprints the interview conducted with him in June 2011.

LTG William N. (Bill) Phillips became the Principal Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition Logistics and Technology) and Director, Acquisition Career Management on 1 February 2010.

Commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Field Artillery in 1976, LTG Phillips later completed Airborne, Air Assault, and Aviator training. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Middle Tennessee State University, Master of Science degree in Procurement and Materials Management from Webster University, Masters Degree in Personnel Management from Troy State University, and Masters of Science in National Resource Strategy from National Defense University. He is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College, Defense Systems Management College, and Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

Army Bids Farewell to the 30th Undersecretary of the Army, Honorable Joseph W. Westphal

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

On April 14,2014, the Secretary of the Army, The Honorable John M. McHugh hosted a farewell Ceremony for Dr. Joseph W. Westphal. Dr. Westphal served as the 30th Undersecretary of the Army from September 2009-March 2014. He has had a distinguished career of service in both academia and government. In 2001 he served as the Acting Secretary of the Army and earlier he served as the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works from 1998 to 2001. In March 2014, Dr. Westphal was sworn in as the U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Director’s Message: Celebrating the contributions of African-Americans and Women

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

February and March are great months to pause from the rigor of everyday responsibilities to celebrate Black History and Women’s History Month. While we attempt to celebrate the respective accomplishments every day, the special emphasis takes place during these two months. It is well known that women and African-Americans contribute significantly to the success of the Army and this great Nation through military service and entrepreneurship.

Army OSBP Director Honored as ‘Woman of Character, Courage and Commitment’

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, April 1, 2014) -- The Department of Defense honored three women yesterday, for their exceptional character, courage, and commitment to Army values.

Ms. Tracey Pinson, Director, Army Office of Small Business Programs; Sexual Assault Prevention advocate SPC Natasha Schuette; and World War II Army veteran Ms. Alyce Dixon, were recognized at the Pentagon on the final day of Women’s History Month.

Each honoree received a Lifetime Achievement “Women of Character, Courage and Commitment” award, and a Women’s History Month certificate of appreciation.