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House is leaving the building

Posted By Guy Timberlake, The American Small Business Coalition, LLC, Thursday, January 01, 2009

House is leaving the building

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 service Jim.

Guy Timberlake is co-founder and Chief Visionary Officer of The American Small Business Coalition

© 2009 The American Small Business Coalition LLC.

Tags:  agriculture  james e. house  osdbu  usda 

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