USDA’s Top Small Business Advocate to be Honored at First
Tuesday Association Meeting January 6th
Next Tuesday morning in the South Building of the United States
Department of Agriculture, Jim House, the agency’s Director of Small Business,
will host and attend his final First Tuesday Association Meeting. Started by
his office in February 2007, Tuesday’s meeting will also serve as a retirement and
networking event for the outgoing presidential appointee. The very first event,
which was attended by approximately 100 representatives from small and large
businesses, trade associations and Federal employees, featured a discussion
about the Farm Service Agency’s 2007 Acquisition Programs by Richard Kahn,
Director of the Acquisition Management Division for the Farm Service Agency.
This monthly meeting is designed to provide trade
associations, small businesses, USDA program and procurement representatives with
an opportunity to exchange information that will increase opportunities for
small businesses who in turn can increase their contracting opportunities with
USDA and other Federal agencies.
Jim was appointed as
the director of the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization for
the Department of Agriculture in December 2001. He successfully served in this
same position during the last 2 years of the George H. W. Bush Administration
from 1991 through January, 1993. He began his career as an engineer in the
aircraft and aerospace industry, responsible for design and testing of the F4
Phantom for the Vietnam Conflict and worked on the development of the 747 as
the nation’s first commercial jumbo aircraft.
His contributions to
government and the small business community are immeasurable. If your company
is one that successfully engaged USDA as a small business over the last seven
years, part of that success is due to the leadership of Jim House.
Thank you for your
Guy Timberlake is co-founder and Chief Visionary Officer of The American Small Business Coalition