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Army Small Business Conference Provides Small Businesses "Access to Success"

Over 400 small businesses owners from around the world attended the Army Small Business Conference hosted by OSBP on 2-3 August at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC.  The conference was designed to provide attendees with "Access to Success" through gaining knowledge and building successful business partnerships between federal government, small businesses and prime contractors.

Ms. Tracey Pinson, Director, Army OSBP stated “Small businesses are a critical part of the Army Industrial base. Outreach efforts like this conference play a major role in facilitating relationships with small businesses and Army buying activities.  We are redoubling our efforts to leverage the strength of small businesses as we seek to acquire the best goods and services possible for the Warfighter.”

Ms. Tracey Pinson, Director, Army OSBP; Mr. Ari Matusiak, Executive Director, White House Business Council; and Md. Heidi Shyu, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army, Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (ASA(ALT)) speak during the opening session of the Army Small Business Conference, held 2 August in Washington, DC.

Speakers included Mr. Ari Matusiak, Executive Director, White House Business Council; Ms. Heidi Shyu, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army, Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (ASA (ALT)); Mr. Andre J. Gudger, Director, Department of Defense OSBP; and Mr. John Shoraka, Associate Administrator of Government Contracting and Business Development, Small Business Administration.  The event included multiple government panel discussions such as Acquisition Policy and Legislative Issues; How to Do Business with the Army; Challenges and Opportunities of Contracting Officers; Utilizing the Federal Procurement Data System to Identify Contracting Opportunities; and Policy and Regulations for Women-Owned Small Businesses.  The conference also included multiple industry panels that focused on how to cultivate business-to-business relationships, and facilitating small business networking opportunities.

The conference supported the Army mission to enhance competition and improve efficiencies by giving small business attendees the opportunity to broaden their knowledge through in-depth forums and panel discussions, to connect with federal agencies and prime contractors through matchmaking sessions, and to engage with experts in the federal government through networking. The success of these small businesses translates into the creation of jobs at a time when many Americans need them the most.

Special Recognition awards were presented during the conference as follows.

The FY 2011 ACOM, ASCC and DRU Awards

  • Small Business - Army Corps of Engineers
  • Small Disadvantaged Business - Army Corps of Engineers
  • Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business – Army Corps of Engineers
  • Historically Underutilized Business Zone - Army Corps of Engineers
  • Women Owned Small Business - SMDC

FY11 Most Improved Program Award – Certificates of Appreciation

  • Dan Shackelford, MEDCOM - Small Business, Small Disadvantaged Business, and Women Owned Small Business
  • Harriett Burton, INSCOM – Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business, Historically Underutilized Business Zone
  • Elizabeth Westerburg, NGB - Women Owned Small Business

FY11 Small Business Specialist of the Year

  • Small Business Specialist of the Year Award:  Mr.  Arthur Saulsberry, Army Corps of Engineers

Department of the Army Certificates of Appreciation for Job Well Done

  • Ms. Sherrie Plonski - Army Corps of Engineers
  • Ms. Phyllis Pond - Army Materiel Command

FY11 Part-Time Small Business Specialist of the Year

  • Part-Time Small Business Specialist of the Year Award:   Ms. Tanya Brown, Army Materiel Command

FY11 Contracting Professional of the Year

  • Contracting Professional of the Year Award: Ms.  Lisa Slagle, Army Materiel Command
  • Department of the Army Certificate of Appreciation for Job Well Done: Paul Michaels, Army Medical Research and Materiel Command

FY11 Program Manager of the Year

  • Program Manager of the Year Award:  Mr. Louis Beaufait, Army Materiel Command