SBDC Updates

Past Announcements

January 2018 Meeting Highlights
  • ​The first SBDC meeting of the year focused on networking among members and discussing teaming opportunities.
  • Members also shared how they are coping with the current budget environment and CR.
October 2017 Meeting Highlights
  • SBDC held a joint event with the Washington Cyber Roundtable as part of FedScoop Cyber Week
  • The event featured Mr. Charles Nelson, Deputy Director for Outreach at U.S. Cyber Command's Capabilities Development Group and Mr. John Mills, Director of Cybersecurity Policy, Strategy, and International Integration in the Office of the CIO at the Department of Defense.
  • Speakers and attendees discussed how the government is taping small businesses for the most innovative cyber solutions
September 2017 Meeting Highlights
  • Kevin Boshears, Director of the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) Department of Homeland Security discussed the resources available to small businesses that can improve their chances of winning work with DHS.
  • The event concluded with a networking happy hour
May 2017 Meeting Highlights
March 2017 Meeting Highlights
  • Networking was the focus of the March meeting 
  • Member companies discussed their capabilities and what contracts they are looking to pursue in the defense and intel spaces
  • Members also created partnerships to complete work they were recently awarded
February 2017 Meeting Highlights
  • Sabria Biberaj, CPA, CostTrend Consulting presented on: 
    • 2017 NDAA updates
    • Recent cases related to gov’t contracting (bid protests)
    • DCAA updates
January 2017 Meeting Highlights
  • Mike Troiano, TajiCo Business Advisors shared his experience growing and restructuring firms.
  • Bill Craig, President of WiSC Enterprises,  and the founder and "godfather" of the SBDC, discussed using the SBDC to grow your business.
December 2017 Meeting Highlights
  • SBDC Holiday Party
November 2016 Meeting Highlights
  • Business Development Meeting
October 2016 Meeting Highlights
  • Insperity  discussed how the FAR's ruling of the Executive Order 13673: Fair pay and Safe Workplaces will impact small businesses.
September 2016 Meeting Highlights
  • Major Clarke, Assistant Chief Counsel, Office of Advocacy, Small Business Administration gave members an overview of policies that will be impacting small business contractors. 
  •  Member company Future Integrated Systems presented their capabilities.
  • Craig S. Sablosky, financial services executive and financial planner, Access National Bank discussed maximizing pension planning opportunities, succession planning, setting up and funding buy-sell agreements and designing cost-effective employee benefit programs.
May 2016 Meeting Highlights
  • Robert Watkins, Deputy Associate Administor, Small Business Administration presented on the SBA's recent work and opportunities for small businesses.
  • Lee Dougherty, principal & attorney at Offit Kurman, address structures and pitfalls of J/V’s. 
April 2016 Meeting Highlights
March 2016 Meeting Highlights
  • This month SBDC held our bi-annual meeting devoted solely to buisiness development.
  • During the meeting members discussed contract opportunities, looked for teaming partners and shared ideas per BD roundtables.
  • Conversations had in these meetings led towards opportunities and profit.
February 2016 Meeting Highlights
  • Erik Brine, Science & Technology Program Examiner with the National Security Division at the Office of Management and Budget, gave members an update of the recently released federal budget.
  • John Pace, C.P.A. at Gelman, Rosenberg & Freeman discussed the "do’s and don’ts" related to audits of incurred cost submissions and accounting systems.
  • Brian Shea and Dan Spector, Principals at member comany Simon Everett, Ltd., and Brianna Broad, Senior Account Executive at kglobal, shared their success through OEA's Defense Industry Adjustment.
January 2016 Meeting Highlights
  • Daniel George, Attorney Advisor, Office of Hearings and Appeals, Small Business Administration (SBA) presented on the protest and appeals processes and policies that directly impact small businesses. He also identified common errors businesses make when filing protests and appeals.
  • Brett Sanders, an attorney with Frankel, PLLC, spoke about the role of lawyers in investigations and bid protests.
  • George Meyers, Chairman of the SBDC and Managing Partner of The Meyers Group, gave members an overview of what the current budget landscape and political climate means for small businesses.
December 2015 Meeting Highlights
  • To celebrate the holiday season SBDC held a holiday party at Clyde's in Tysons Corner. Members and SBDC partners networked and mingled over drinks and hors d'oeuvres. 
November 2015 Meeting Highlights
  • During the first half of the meeting, members participated in round table discussions about opportunities and their capabilities at certain agencies. 
  • Emily Webster Murphy, Policy Director and Senior Counsel for the Committee on Small Business in the U.S. House of Representatives gave members an overview on current legislation impacting small businesses and discussed what the Committee sees on the horizon in 2016.
  • Ellen Meinhart, International Trade Manager at the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), educated members on how they can utilize VEDP's offerings to successfully expand into international markets.
October 2015 Meeting Highlights
  • Captain Shelby Mounts discussed how the Department of Defense could benefit through partnerships with industry. Check out the article covering his talk in Federal Times.
  • Chris Davidson, Senior Tax Manager at SC&H shared end of the year tax planning advice with members.
  • Joe Harris, founder of SBDC member company the J Harris Group, presented his company's capabilities and opportunities for collaboration with fellow members
  • John Mancuso, Business Development Director from SBDC member company Sciolex Corporation, presented his company's capabilities and opportunities for collaboration with fellow members
September 2015 Meeting Highlights
  • Intelligence Community (IC) “insider” Joe Mazzafro spoke to members about the defense budget and contracting with the IC.  Joe serves as an advisor to many senior leaders in govt and industry and has a unique vantage point . You can read his monthly blog for AFCEA International (the organization's most read blog) here.
  • Lee Dougherty, attorney at Offit Kurman,  shared with members tips and advise on how to best engage with lawyers when dealing with contracts and teaming agreements. Lee is a retired Army JAG and an expert in government contracting law.
  • Janet Jerge-Strongbox of  SBDC member company Strongbox Cyber Solutions discussed her company's capabilities and opportunities for collaboration with her fellow members.
June 2015 Meeting Summary
May 2015 Meeting Summary
  • Peter Daniel, from member company Future Integrated Systems, presented to members on how using Microsoft 365 could benefit the membership.
  • Member companies Prosol and Blue Dot Engineering presented on their capabilities.
  • Engility's DHS BD/Capture Manager, Brad Kidwell, spoke with members about how they can do business with Engility.
  • Westway Development Services, LLC., informed members about how they can lease SCIF space and other office facilities to help them win contracts. 
April 2015 Meeting Summary
  • The membership discussed the results of the Membership Survey 2015
  • Member companies TSC Advantage and gave their capabilities presentation
March 2015 Meeting Summary
  • Jackie Robinson-Burnette, Associate Administrator, Office of Business Development at the U.S. Small Business Administration presented on the opportunities and resources her office has for small businesses. 
  • Attendees learned about creating and utilizing the top five marketing tools (website, boilerplate copy, corporate brochure, 1-page corporate sell sheet and capability brief) for government contractors from Antonella O'Brien, SBDC's Director of Planning and Engagements. 
February 2015 Meeting Summary
  • James P. Craft, SES, Deputy Director Information Enterprise Management (DDIEM), Chief Information Officer (CIO)/J-6, Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) presented on the role of small businesses in the federal space.
  • Member company Devitas shared a business opportunity with the DIA with members.
  • Government Contracting Accounting Workshop
  • Upcoming JUM Small Business Career Roundtable
January 2015 Meeting Summary
  • Dave Dawson, Associate Director of Marine Corps Systems Command's (MCSC) Office of Small Business Programs presented on how members can pursue opportunities successfully with the Marine Corps.
  • Representatived form Leidos gave an overview of the company's efforts to work with small businesses.
  • Global Commerce and Services, LLC., one of SBDC's newest HUB ZONE members, gave their corporate presentation. 
  • Members learned how they could become involved with the DS TAT contract vehicle from Prescient Edge. 
  • Business Development Working groups presented on their progress and upcoming activities.
December 2014 Meeting Summary
The meeting began with a presentation from Access National Bank on the bank's products and services for small businesses.  Member Corporate Briefings were presented by Prescient Edge and Cloudburst Technologies. Businesss Development Groups presented on their activities:
  • USMC BD WG is actively creating teams for a number of proposals
  • SBIR/STTR BD WG will be publishing their solicitation topics in January 
  • Ft Detrick BD WG is the quantifying opportunities stage
 A holiday social sponsored by Access National Bank was held after the meeting.
November 2014 Meeting Summary
On November 13th, Dr. David Isaacson, Lead for Intelligence Science and Technology Partnerships, for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence presented on how small businesses can work with his office. Denise Rudolph from JMU Employer Relations and Recruiting Services office discussed on how members can recruit JMU students as new employees. Member company ALEX Inc presented on their capabilities and contracting experience. Dr. Tom Richardson, lead for the new Grants BD Working Group presented on what members can gain by joining the group.
October 2014 Meeting Summary
The meeting featured a presentation from KForce Staffing Services on how they team with small businesses to assist with their contracting pursuits. Member company Alion presented on their capabilities. New Business Development Groups gave overviews of their goals.
September 23-25, 2014
Modern Day Marine Trade Show
SBDC participated in this year's Modern Day Marine Trade Show. Member companies Omegus Prime and Alaris co-sponsored the SBDC booth. There was extensive participation by key Quantico buying agencies including, Marine Corps Combat Development Command, Marine Corps Systems Command, PEO Land Systems, Quantico Marine Base.
September 2014 Meeting Summary
On Sept. 11, 2014 representatives from SRA and DRS presented to members on how small businesses can successfully  pursuing teaming opportunities with large companies.  Future Integrated Systems gave their Member Corporate Presentation. 
August 2014 Meeting Summary
The August meeting focused on building current working groups and facilitating the creation of new working groups. This conversation was led by Ascendant Concepts, a member company of the SBDC. Members can view the presentations in the Members' Portal.
July 2014 Meeting Summary
The July meeting provided members with information on financing options for small businesses through presentations from Access National Bank and Boost LLC Capabilities. Member company 2HB also presented on their capabilities. 
July 2014
Miller's Office Supplies offers discounts to SBDC Members
SBDC members will now receive substantial discounts from Miller's Office Supplies, a small women-owned and locally based office supply company that has nationwide delivery.
July 2014
JMU Presented at August Meeting 
James Madison University (JMU) will present at the SBDC August meeting, which will be held on the second Thursday of the month.  Not only is JMU a member of the SBDC, but they are also a partner in our educational outreach efforts.
May 14, 2014
Street Legal Industries, Inc. Wins U.S. Small Business Administration Award
Street Legal Industries, Inc., was named the Tennessee 2014 HUB Zone Small Business of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) on May 5, 2014.  There are 560,000 small businesses in Tennessee that are eligible for the award.
Street Legal Industries, Inc., specializes in providing technical support to federal, state and local governments.  Their headquarters is located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.


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