the Chief Visionary
...and building relationships in the government sector is
It's one way to manage the expectations of those you support and ensure that
you are all singing from the same sheet of music. It's also a necessity in
most if not all aspects of business activities.
One of the ways we attempt to achieve this state of harmony with our
membership is through polls and surveys and then acting on the information
we receive to continue providing relevant (and more relevant) programs.
We just completed a round of surveys of our Associate, Small
Business, PrimeConnection and CX Trusted Service Provider
Members and are looking forward to discussing the results with the
membership at the next State of The ASBC Quarterly Membership Meeting on
Friday, August 8th at the Tower Club.
We keep pushing on!
Can you believe it's almost August?
Where has the year gone?
It means we're coming up on fiscal year end and elections, all things
that will create change for all of us. These impending situations
combined with all of the other situations business owners face everyday
make it more and more incumbent to leverage various types of resources to
help you manage the growth of your business.
One type of resource companies leverage is an Advisory Board which
provides counsel, advice, contacts, professional skills and experiences
that typically go beyond that of the company management team and may
include individuals with industry, sales, operations, strategy,
financial, marketing, technology, investment, intellectual property, or
human resource expertise.
Join us on August 7th at the Tower Club for Leveraging an Advisory Board for
Business Success! featuring Art Medici, a tenured
executive and member of The ASBC Advisory Board.
In his spare time, Art also chairs The ASBC President's, Owners and
Chief Executive's Silo (POCx), which provides content of specific
interest to Owners and CEOs of Member companies doing business in support
of the government sector.
That's it for this month. Time for us to get back to work! We have more relationships
to develop and more market intelligence to acquire to help our
Members find, win and deliver
against requirements in support of the agencies and contractors of the
WebTips and FAQ's:
The ASBC Web 2.0!
The ASBC has launched a new web home with lots of
collaboration tools and resources. Each month we'll highlight some of
those features to help you better leverage our online community.
REGISTER FOR MULTIPLE EVENTS
We've added a shopping cart feature so you may select as many events as
you like, and pay for them in a virtual card "swipe"!
REGISTER MULTIPLE GUESTS
On those events where multiple registrations are permitted, you may now
include the names of your colleagues in your registration and pay for
everyone in one transaction.
Each event has a calendar icon next to it (see above) which allows you to
instantly add event detail directly to your calendar client on your PC.
All Members have the ability to request a connection to any other Member.
It's a great way to follow up after you've met them at an event, or as a
pre-cursor to connecting at an upcoming industry event!
MANAGE YOUR NOTIFICATIONS
Members select which groups they wish to join and which blog discussions
to stay informed of. In addition to traditional email notification (opt-in/opt-out
preferences) Members may also leverage our new RSS/XML tools to receive
notification via the RSS Reader of their choosing, even in Microsoft
Life In The ASBC: Kudos From Our Members
We're always being asked "What is it about The ASBC
that your Members like so much?" So we decided to let our Members
This one is from Small Business-Select Member, Angela
Dingle, President and CEO of Ex Nihilo Management.
"I recently met one-on-one with Guy and Maggie to discuss a
challenge that requires immediate attention. It was a great forum,
although perhaps not one that could be offered to each Member. What I
think I gained most from it was a plan of action to introduce me and the
services I provide to key decision makers within my target market."
Click here for other Member
Welcome to The ASBC! (Our Member Update)
Membership in The ASBC is available to all persons and
organizations seeking to aide in and/or benefit from the pursuit of
the Vision, Mission and
Activities of The ASBC, and those who are willing to conduct themselves
in accordance with The ASBC Standards of Conduct.
offers three classes of membership.
General Membership - Includes ourAssociate
membership programs and is open to all individual professionals and
CORE™ Membership - Is available to eligible companies
offering goods and services in support of government agency requirements
(direct or indirect) and those companies providing essential goods and
services in support of government contractors. Participation in the CORE™
Membership is limited to companies qualifying for the Small Business,
Exchange (Trusted Service Provider) programs.
Membership - The Goverment Access program supports Government Workers
and Agencies with market research, outreach and supplier diversity
assistance. Public and Unlisted user profiles are available.
Please join us as we welcome the newest
and recently renewed members of The American Small Business Coalition.
New to the CORE™
Additions to the
Seth Carter, Cardinal Bank
Diane Case, SenSoft International, Inc.
Robert Crosby, NESI
Nelson Estrada, Aldea International
Ash Kapur, Advance Digital Systems
David McCormick, Whitman, Requardt & Associates, LLP
Randy Michael, Global Tech, Inc.
Darric Milligan, National Priorities, Inc
David Nemzoff, AOC Key Solutions, Inc.
Vivek Taneja, Clear Element Consulting, LLC
Walter Henderson, Infoblox
Lisa Greene, Foster, Soltoff and Love, Ltd.
Mike Douglass, Bentley Systems, Inc.
Stuart Schwartzreich, Westcon Group
John Petracek, ECSgov
DreamHammer (Small Business)
Greenline Systems (Small
Law Offices of William Zeitler (CX Trusted Service Provider)
FTDATA (Small Business-Select)
The CTS Group (Small
Louis Mole, ActioNet (Associate)
Jere Keener, KeenerStaffing (Associate)
The Chief Visionary Blog: Me An Opinion?
The Chief Visionary Blog is where I look forward to posting
information about the progress of The ASBC, small business and federal
contracting. I welcome feedback, concepts and more from anyone and
everyone with an interest in what we do.
Why are Strategic Alliances Important to Your Small
Thanks to Mark Smiciklas over at the Intersection
Small Business Marketing Blog for giving me the opportunity to
participate in his article about strategic alliances.
Click here to view the entire blog
-The Chief Visionary
Finance and Accounting, Human Resources and the
President's, Owners and CEOs Silos
By popular demand, we have launched new activities under our
Professional and Executive
Development Committee to address areas you tell us are important to
you. To date we have created and formed three Silos of Excellence
focused on providing accurate and timely information. The new silos are:
Owners and Chief Executives (POCx)
Accounting, Net Working Capital and Mergers and Acquisitions (Finance
Resources, Recruiting and Retention (Human Resources)
While the useful information offered by these groups is
available to all who wish to access it (HR blog is coming soon and for
Finance and Accounting, click here to visit their public
blog), participation on the committees as resident experts is limited
to our Small Business, PrimeConnection and CX Trusted
Service Provider Members.
NOTE: Participation in the POCx Silo is limited to
Principals and Chief Executives of Member companies. Click here to request membership in
The ASBC Events Update
Members: Join us at the Tower Club on Friday, August 8th for the
next edition of our State of The ASBC Quarterly
Membership Meeting where the primary topic of discussion will be the
feedback we received in response to the recent CORE™ and Associate
Member Surveys. We've already held preliminary conversations with
our committee and group chairs and now we'll engage all of you in a
discussion as well.
Join us at the August 2008 Washington Breakfast Club
(WBC) as we welcome LTG Richard Zahner, USA, Deputy Under Secretary of
Defense (Intelligence) for Warfighter Support. Space is limited for
each WBC event so register today!
Mark your calendar for the following events:
7/23 -- Business Over Breakfast™ -
Tower Club at Tysons
7/30 -- Business Over Breakfast™ - Tower
Club at Tysons
8/1 -- SBINT Presentation Meeting --
Annapolis Junction, MD
8/6 -- Business Over Breakfast™ - Tower
Club at Tysons
8/7 -- Leveraging an Advisory Board for
Business Success! -- Presented by The ASBC POCx
8/8 -- Quarterly Membership Meeting -- Tower
Club at Tysons
8/6 -- Business Over Breakfast™ - Tower Club at Tysons
8/15 -- Business Over Breakfast™ - La
Madeleine in Columbia, MD
8/21 -- Washington Breakfast Club™
8/27 -- HR Over Breakfast™ -- Teqcorner, Mclean, VA
For information on these and other events hosted by The ASBC, click here.
emphasis on the growth and development of small companies, our mission is
to provide Government and Industry with a trusted collaborative resource
by which productive business relationships are formed resulting in
quality engagements that contribute to the successful achievement of the
mission goals and objectives of the agencies of the United States
appreciate the continued support of our friends and colleagues in
Government and Industry.
See you next month!
Guy and Margaret Timberlake