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A Few Things We Failed To Mention...

Posted By Guy Timberlake, The American Small Business Coalition, LLC, Friday, December 15, 2006
Updated: Sunday, June 29, 2008

This past Thursday evening we celebrated at The ASBC Annual Holiday Party at the Tower Club of Tysons Corner and I'm told that we had a great time.

I didn't miss anything due to intoxication, actually it was more to the fact that several of our dedicated Members brought candidates for membership with them and I had the pleasure of meeting several folks with federal sector business aspirations. I look forward to welcoming each of you to membership with The ASBC.

In the course of everything that Maggie (my wife and partner in The ASBC) said that I missed that evening, in all of the excitement of the evening we failed to touch on the topics we intended to cover that evening.

So this is us making up for that.

2006 was a good year for The ASBC, but 2007 is gearing up to be much, much bigger for us and our Members.

Here are some of the things we are already working on:

The New Member-Managed Business Leadership Council
- The Helm Committee, the original volunteer leadership of The ASBC has changed. Several of our Members have stepped up to take on leadership roles for new committees and working groups (more below on these) designed to focus the efforts of The ASBC in the areas of information-gathering and relationship development. Each of these group leaders has the full support of The ASBC Leadership and organization in achieving the goals of their respective groups as it relates to federal business opportunities and supporting companies doing business in the federal sector.


Added Discipline-Focused Working Groups for Enhanced Business Intelligence and Opportunities
- Something old and something new... The ASBC Small Business Intelligence Group (SBINT) , our original Member-based working group is now joined by the Transformation Working Group, The Global Initiative and soon, the Information Technology, Manufacturing and Professional Services Working Groups, each tasked with developing activities and initiatives focused on interactions with federal agencies and other federal contractors and vendors.

Current Group/Committee Leaders include:

  • Jordan Berliner, The Client Builders/Chairman of The ASBC Business Leadership Council
  • Richard Dean, Duer Advanced Technology and Aerospace/Chairman of The ASBC Small Business Intelligence Group (SBINT)
  • Maria Velez de Berliner, Latin Trade Solutions/Chairwoman of The ASBC Global Initiative
  • Michael Ottomanelli, UBS Financial Services/Chairman of The ASBC Coalition Exchange
  • David Herman, PeopleForce/Chairman of The ASBC Transformation Working Group
We are currently in the process of selecting committee chairs for the IT, Manufacturing and Professional Services groups.

Members Only Meet The Advisor Roundtables Featuring Members of The ASBC Advisory Board

- We have been highly fortunate to have attracted such an esteemed group of volunteers.  

The ASBC's Advisory Board includes:

  • Mark Amtower, GovernmentExpress.com (Chairman)
  • Aimee Cubbage, Kadix Systems
  • Lt. General (Ret.) Henry Doctor, Jr., USA, Former Inspector General of the Army; Department of the Army, Washington, DC
  • Vice Admiral (Ret.) Lee F. Gunn, USN, The CNA Corporation, Former Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Manpower and Personnel, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
  • Jordan Berliner, The Client Builders, Chairman of The ASBC Business Leadership Council
  • Mirinda Jackson, Former Deputy Associate Administrator, U.S. General Services Administration Office of Enterprise Development
  • Marilyn F. Mallwitz, TurnKey Office Solutions, Former Acting Deputy Director, U.S. Navy Office of Technology Transfer and Security Assistance
  • Allegra F. McCullough, Former Associate Deputy Administrator for Government Contracting and Business Development, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • Bob Salisbury, Founder of the Washington Breakfast Club
  • Vice Admiral (Ret.) Jerry O. Tuttle, USN, Creator of the U.S. Navy's C4I Joint Operations Tactical System (JOTS)
  • Evan Weisel, Welz & Weisel Communications
For additional information about our Advisory Board, visit http://advisors.theasbc.org

Business-Related Educational Seminars Hosted by The ASBC Coalition Exchange Members
- The Coalition Exchange is a small, select group of service providers offering information and education to our Members and other companies doing business in and around the federal sector. Plans for 2007 include seminars and workshops on a variety of subjects to include Non-Disclosure and Teaming Agreements, GSA Schedules 101, 201, 301..., Federal Business Development Best Practices, and other topics related operational aspects of starting, running and growing your business.

The ASBC Producing and Managing the Small Business Pavilion at FOSE 2007 in Washington, DC

- For thirty years FOSE has been the standard in technology showcases for the public sector. The ASBC is honored to have been selected to partner with Post Newsweek Tech Media, the parent company to FOSE, Washington Technology, Government Computer News and other well-known industry publications. The ASBC will provide program management for the activities taking place in the Small Business Pavilion at FOSE 2007. Click here to review our latest press release.

A Special Presentation of the Washington Breakfast Club@FOSE 2007
- In early 2006, the Washington Breakfast Club became a part of The ASBC. The legacy created by Bob Salisbury with Unisys those many years ago, is still going strong in Northern Virginia and now in Norfolk, VA each month. The March WBC will be held at the DC Convention Center in support of FOSE 2007 and the Small Business Pavilion.

TopGolf Friday Business Mixers

- We decided to add a little variety to our mixers by featuring bi-monthly events at TopGolf in Alexandria, VA. TopGolf Kingstowne is a seventy-bay, covered, lighted and heated driving range with a twist. RFID chips in the balls to track your distance and score. Fun, food, and business networking, ASBC-style!

Increased Exposure Opportunities for Members of The ASBC

- We're learning new tricks all the time! Our web development team has tweaked our portal so well, that our Business and Coalition Exchange Members now get Top Ten Google Search Results based on their names when they create a Public Profile Page. Not too shabby!

In April we'll celebrate our third anniversary with another great get-together in the DC Metro Area. Stay tuned. We hope you'll be able to join us!

Here's to a Great 2007!

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