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An errent message from "Bob"

Posted By Guy Timberlake, The American Small Business Coalition, LLC, Monday, November 05, 2012

The following message was sent to me this morning, presumably by accident. The message was most likely in response to one of my latest blogs that discussed a recent SBA OIG finding about an $8M 8(a) sole source contract awarded to an ANC, where most of the revenue went to a large company (or more than one).

Given the content and context of his message, I felt it worth responding to as well as letting "Bob" know his message did not reach the person for whom it was intended.

 


Sent: Monday, November 05, 2012 08:56
To:
newsletter
Subject:
Re: [GovConReview] $8M ANC pass-through;GAO+VA+SDVOSB=SAP;NSETS event 11/30;MIP decreases;Contracts-at-risk

John, I meet Guy Timberlack (sp) at one of his first meetings at the Tower Club over five years ago when I was still with Chenega.His main mission in life is to close down ANCs. He isn't a likable person, but, then, neither am I. He has grown considerably and picked up a lot of sponsors.

I receive his meeting announcements, but discard then because of his extreme bias and hubris as the "Chief Visionary."

Sent from my iPhone

Bob

 

My response:

 


Good morning Bob,

First, I sincerely hope this message finds you in good health. I believe the message below came to me in error, so you might want to resend it to the intended recipient.

Next, I appreciate you passing along my information despite my apparent bias and hubris. I will offer that you might fact check when making assertions such the one in your message. You can do it by speaking to any number of ANC’s I have supported and currently support, or simply by reviewing my organizational mission statement. There are many others floating around our industry (and the Hill) who truly want to see ANC’s cease to exist. I’m not one of them. In consideration of the part of my heritage that is tied to two Native American tribes (that my family knows of), and that the same preferences apply to them, I don’t want to see their preference in government contracting go away completely.

As indicated in my latest blog (which has been my position ever since the program began), I do believe there is a group far more deserving of the over-the-top preferences applied to Native American and ANC contractors. That would be the men and women who stand guard over the freedoms that my family and friends enjoy. Any Native American or Alaska Native who serves, should receive those benefits as well.

I don’t expect to change your mind, as that is truly not important to me, but I wanted you to understand how egregious your comment is that "His main mission in life is to close down ANCs.” There are more than a few in Government and Industry who would disagree with you, including some ANC’s.

By the way, you’ve been on our opt-in/opt-out mailing list since June 2011. It does contain the required opt-out features you are welcome to leverage at any time.

Respectfully,

Guy J Timberlake | Co-Founder and Chief Visionary Officer| The American Small Business Coalition LLC


Everyone is entitled to have and express an opinion.
 
Peace.

The Chief Visionary

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Tags:  8(a)  alaska  alaska native corporation  bob  chenega  DOL  native  OIG  SBA  sole source  TKC  WWT 

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Michael "Keawe" Anderson, Chugach Alaska says...
Posted Monday, November 19, 2012
Good Morning Guy,

I just read your email re: “Bob” and his contention that you are anti ANC. As an associate member of ASBC, I have found nothing in evidence to support his perspective. While you do and have shared your perspective with respect to those who may be “more deserving” of preferences enjoyed by Native American and ANC contractors, that has not influenced your presentation of information. The fact that you have supported us with membership is also indicative of your overarching mission, and I have found the information gleaned from you and in various ASBC venues to be very useful AND beneficial to my company. Finally, the B2B networking I’ve been able to achieve through ASBC has put my company in contact with small businesses that have the potential to add to our competitiveness in providing those products and services to our government customers.

Given the challenges and uncertainties that lie ahead, ASBC provides the kind of relevant, credible “bang for your buck” info that small businesses across the business life cycle need to be successful in doing business with the government.

Keep doing what you do, Guy. And thank you!

Michael "Keawe" Anderson
Corporate Market Developer
National Capitol Region
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