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For The Government Sector: Manassas, Tysons and Columbia BoB, VA Forum Wrap, CORE™ Collaborations

Sunday, August 16, 2009  
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5th Anniversary


We managed to survive last week and have a slightly less hectic one in store. We hope!

Here's a rundown of what we have planned for this week...

NAVIGATOR: About Our B2G Business Social Network (Webinar), BoB Manassas, BoB Tysons, BoB Columbia, CORE Collaborations Call (CORE Small Business Members Only)

Tales From a Sold Out Red Zone!

We've been telling you that our guest bartender for the August Red Zone Government Mixer was Kendra Turner, Director of the GSA/PBS Industry Relations Division, and we also told you she was bringing members of her team with her (sending a big ASBC shout out to Brian, Janise, Michael and Sandyha at GSA/PBS kendra2 August 2009 RZMfor their support!). What we couldn't tell you, mainly because we didn't know, is that Kendra sandbagged her "behnd the bar" talents! Not only was she mixing drinks while flipping bottles behind her back andcatching them just before they hit the ground, she and the actual bartender were back there tossing bottles back and forth just like Tom Cruise in Cocktail. Okay, not really. But Kendra did manage to make the actor Christopher Walken very happy (No, he wasn't there!) by virtue of the number of times our "tip cowbell" was rung that evening. Each "tip" she brought in to support the LTG Henry Doctor Jr. Leadership Award was accompanied by a clang!!! I higgins, saenz and reghioui RZMcan just see Walken smiling as he thinks back to his SNL Blue Oyster Cult skit where he "uddered" those famous words, "More cowbell!"

To be serious for a second though, Kendra did a great job that evening. In fact, she did so well, later in the day when we were all winding down from a great event, a "mystery" donor sent in an online donation to match the "pot" from earlier that evening. Thanks to Kendra and to the online donor who both are helping The ASBC to  support the continued development of our Nations' military and community leaders via support for the Army ROTC program. Hooahh!

Fort Detrick Business Over Breakfast™ Launch a Success!
COL Robinson CoinedLast Wednesday, Harry Ponack of Matthew Moving welcomed guests to the very first Ft. Detrick BoB, which included presenting COL Judith Robinson, Commander of the U.S.Army Garrison at Fort Detrick with an individually numbered ASBC Fifth Anniversary Challenge Coin and a hearty thank you! COL Robinson talked to Harry and I about some of the upcoming activities associated with BRAC at Fort Detrick and Forest Glen. We'll be following up with her office to ensure we can pass along information as it comes available.
The event was sold out thanks in part to the support of our friends Darryl Rekemeyer and Shelia Washington of the Fort Detrick Business Development Office (FDBDO) who joined us that morning as well. If you plan to approach any of the activities at Fort Detrick for business opportunities, be sure your first stop is to or physically by their offices. They are a wealth of information and are more than happy to help you learn the lay of the land for this installation. BoB Fort Detrick will be hosted by Harry on the second Wednesday of each month at the Perkins Restaurant. See you there!

Vendor Community...The VA Wants You!
Last Thursday, The ASBC's Chief Visionary and several of our Members had the w. scott gould vaopportunity to participate in the Department of Veterans Affairs, Supplier Relationship Transformation Forum (SRTF) convened by W. Scott Gould, Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs (pictured, left) to discuss initiatives the VA is undertaking to improve its partnership with the vendor community and to assist the Department in transforming and streamlining its acquisition process.

The all-day event included participation by VA's senior leadership to include: Roger Baker, the Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology (also serves as the Departments' CIO); Glenn Haggstrom, the Executive Director for Acquisition, Logistics and Construction, our friend Gail Wegner, the Acting Director of the OSDBU and Deputy Director of the Center for Veterans Enterprise; and Rita Reed, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Management. We had good opportunities to speak with several of them (and present them our Fifth Anniversary Coins) and look forward to a continuation of what they started the other day. They have the attention of their industrial base and we look forward to assisting in any way to help facilitate an air of trust and collaboration.

REMINDER: Sources Sought/RFI's and Pre-Bid Conference Updates
Members Only: Be sure to check back often in the new forum where we regularly post PRE-RFP related information to help you stay informed. The forums boast a robust keyword search capability allowing you to search only information in the forums. This is in addition to the site-wide search function. Need more info? Contact us!

REMINDER: DoS CJPS Teaming Opportunity
If you are a small business and have not had a chance to view the list of functional areas being sought by our friends at Mission Essential Personnel for the upcoming Department of State Criminal Justice Program re.quirement:
  • Border Control
  • Civilian Police
  • Construction and Renovation
  • Counterinsurgency/Counter-terrorism
  • Customs
  • Maritime Security
  • Medical/Medevac
  • MWR Features (morale, welfare and recreation)
  • Organizational Development
  • Personnel Equipment
  • Personnel Evacuation
  • Prisons
  • Recruiting
  • Rule of Law
  • SF-85 Preparation
  • Supply Chain/Administration and Logistics
  • Training and Security
  • Transportation
  • Travel
  • Vehicles
  • Warehousing
If your small business can demonstrate relevant past performance in one or more of these disciplines and provided direct support to a government agency in the last three years, consider participating in MEP's upcoming outreach event on August 26th. Look below in Save These Dates for more info.

Have a great and productive week!
Upcoming Events By The ASBC
(Unless Otherwise Noted Events Are Eastern Standard Time (EST/EDT))

Monday, August 17th at 10:30am
NAVIGATOR: About Our B2G Business Social Network

Online - Dial/Log-in info will be provided to registrants.
A tremendous amount of useful information about doing business in the government sector is available to anyone visiting but if you have already joined or plan to join The ASBC Member Community, you will also find a multitude of valuable resources reserved exclusively for our Members.

Tuesday, August 18th at 7:30am
Business Over Breakfast™- Manassas
Location: Cracker Barrel, 10801 Battleview Pkwy, Manassas, VA
Description: The most productive government sector "just networking"
breakfast in the National Capital Region hosted on the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Cracker Barrel Restaurant on Battleview Pkwy.

Wednesday, August 19th at 7:30am
Business Over Breakfast™-Tysons
Location: Tower Club, 8000 Towers Crescent Dr, Vienna, VA
Description: The most productive government sector "just networking"
breakfast in the National Capital Region hosted weekly at the Tower Club in Vienna, VA

Friday, August 21st at 7:30ambob
Business Over Breakfast™ - Columbia

Location: La Madeleine, 6211 Columbia Crossing, Columbia, MD
Description: The most productive government sector "just networking"
breakfast in the National Capital Region hosted monthly at La Madeleine in Columbia, MD.

Friday, August 21st at 7:30am (CORE™ Small Business Members Only)transparent logo
CORE™ Collaborations Call
Location: Conference Call. Dial-in info will be provided to registrants.
Description: CORE™ Collaborations is a monthly opportunity for CORE™ Small Business Members to share their ideas about The ASBC Membership Experience and contribute to the development of new programs and member benefits.

Click here to view other upcoming Government Sector events.


Thursday, August 26th

MEP Small Business Outreach Event
at the Hyatt Arlington
Showcase your technical capabilities as a potential small business teaming candidate for the Department of State's (DoS) Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) Affairs, Criminal Justice Program (CJP).


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