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[For The Government Sector] AFCyber and the Private Sector; BoB's in MD, DC and VA; Congress Balks

Monday, October 12, 2009  
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For The Government Sector
eNewsletter for the Government Contracting Community
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The American Small Business Coalition

A Trusted B2G Community Cultivating Grassroots Success.

Issue Date: 12 October 2009
Greetings!

What changes will you make to your government sector strategy for process graphicFY2010?

What worked previously?

What did not?

Will the partners you leveraged last year still be relevant this year?

How does recent activity in the M&A sector affect your strategy?

These are among the questions facing business owners across the government market place as they grapple with "what next?"

CORE™ Small Business Members of The American Small Business Coalition are leveraging the resources of their membership as they make decisions affecting how they will identify, pursue and capture business in FY2010 and beyond and how they will partner to augment their efforts. The StratReview™ Assessment represents one of the tools we use to provide ongoing support to our Members.

What is your support mechanism? What is your plan?

For an idea of how we support our Members, please review the following comments from  Evans & Chambers Technology, LLC, a CORE™ Small Business Member:

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"Thanks for meeting with Evans & Chambers
Technology to discuss our StratReview™. The discussion was very informative and reminded me of the value of ASBC membership. In fact, many of the action items you gave us are being incorporated into our quarterly plan."

Andre S. Chambers, Chief Operating Officer
Evans & Chambers Technology, LLC

Click here to view additional testimonials from our Members.

Have a great week!

- The ASBC
General Update
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This Thursday morning in Tysons Corner, the Washington Breakfast Club™ (WBC) welcomes Mr. Riley Repko Senior Adviser for Cyber Operations and Transformation, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. who will be discussing:

"Cyberspace Warfighting Capacity:
Leveraging Private & Public Sector Collaboration"


Mr. Repko is responsible for leveraging existing cyber programs and policies and developing new transformational strategies paramount to supporting the CSAF-directed priorities in air, space and cyber operations.
Click here to reserve your seat now!

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See You at the Red Zone Government Mixer!
Your next opportunity to mix and mingle in the Red Zone is tomorrow evening at Velocity Five Sports Restaurant and Bar in Falls Church. In addition to quality government sector networking, great food and special happy hour prices for select adult beverages, we'll also be welcoming the next guest bartender to support the LTG Henry Doctor, Jr. Leadership Award presented by The ASBC to  the top male and female cadets of the SCSU ROTC program.

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Kendra Turner of GSA/PBS tends bar in support of the LTG Henry Doctor Jr Leadership Award at a recent Red Zone Government Mixer.

Our guest bartender is Lance Davis of the Sustainable Design Program in the Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings within GSA's GSA logoPublic Buildings Service (PBS) in Washington, DC.

The Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings provides high-performance green building information ane government-wide. We'll also be joined by the GSA/PBS Idustry Relations Team led by Kendra Turner!

Click here for more information and to register.

NEW! Market Intelligence Roundtable

If you have asked this question, "How do we effectively and efficiently collect information to support opportunity-based puzzledecision-making?" then you should join us beginning November 5th in Annapolis Junction, MD,  where we will host our first Market Intelligence Roundtable, an event which will initially consist of members-only monthly meetings in: Southern, Maryland;  Columbia, Maryland; Northern Virginia and Washington, DC.

Each meeting is limited to fifteen participants representing companies doing business as government contractors or  as teaming partners/subcontractors to companies with government contracts. The goal of each facilitated discussion: sharing tips and tactics for conducting successful market research in the government sector to increase your chances of identifying and qualifying business opportunities and increasing your win/probability.

The first Northern Virginia Market Intelligence Roundtable is scheduled for November 12th.

American Freedom Foundation is 2009 Holiday Charity!

We're beginning to gear up for our annual holiday mixer and are looking for a few good men, women and companies to celebrate with us as we support the great work done by the American Freedom Foundation (AFF) in supporting our troops and their families. We've already connected with Sergeant Major of the Army (ret.) Jack Tilley , co-founder of AFF, who is appreciative and excited to be involved and will be working with us to ensure success all the way around.

Here's the skinny! The ASBC Annual Holiday Mixer (to Support the Men, Women and Families of our Armed Services) will be held at Velocity Five Sports Restaurant and Bar in Falls Church, VA on December 1st, 2009. There will be plenty of food, open bars, and some great networking to ring in LTG Henry Doctor, USAthe holidays! A silent auction and 50/50 raffle will serve to benefit AFF, while our holiday mixer guest bartenders will earn tips to support our memorial awards program, the LTG Henry Doctor Jr. Leadership Award, presented annually to the top male and female cadets of the South Carolina State University (SCSU) ROTC Program.

NOTE: We are busy working on the joint ASBC/AFF promotional video for this year's event and have limited opportunities for sponsors who would like show their support by having their company logo/information included in the video scheduled to be released in November. Click here for information about our Snow Angel, Jingle Bells, Silver Bells and Golden Bells sponsorship opportunities!

The ASBC is guided by the volunteer leadership of our 2009/2010:
Upcoming Events
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We're not sure if we can get Joe Martin (Employment Enterprises) or Kathleen Manley (Asset Funding Solutions) to strike this exact pose at the Red Zone Government Mixer on October  13th, but it would be fun to try!

The American Small Business Coalition hosts a varied selection of in-person and online events intended to enhance the building of relationships and acquisition of relevant and timely market intelligence for companies doing business in the government sector.


Click on the name of an event below for additional details.

Tuesday, October 13th at 8:00AM
Business Over Breakfast™ DC - Busboys and Poets, 5th & K Sts NW

Tuesday, October 13th at 3:00PM
(Members Only)
Events Planning Committee Meeting - Velocity Five in Falls Church

Tuesday, October 13th at 4:30PM
Red Zone Government Mixer with guest bartender Lance Davis from GSA/PBS, Federal High-Performance Green Buildings - Velocity Five in Falls Church

Wednesday, October 14th at 7:30AM
Business Over Breakfast™ Fort Detrick - Perkins Restaurant

Wednesday, October 14th at 7:30AM

Business Over Breakfast™ Tysons - Tower Club Tysons Corner

Thursday, October 15th at 7:15AM
Washington Breakfast Club™ with Riley Repko, AF Cyber Operations and Transformation - Tower Club  Tysons Corner

Friday, October 16th at 7:30AM
Business Over Breakfast™ Columbia - La Madeleine in Columbia Crossing Shopping Center

Friday, October 16th at 10:15AM
CORE™ Collaborations Call - For CORE™ Small Business Members Only

Next week's events:
Tuesday, October 20th at 7:30AM
Business Over Breakfast™ Manassas - Cracker Barrel on Battleview Parkway

Tuesday, October 20th at 1:00 PM (Members Only)
Women's POCx Conference Call: Let's Talk Finances, with the Banker
- Conference call - Pre-registration required

Wednesday, October 21st at 7:30AM

Business Over Breakfast™ Tysons - Tower Club Tysons Corner

Friday, October 23rd at 7:30AM
For Government Contractors Only - Tower Club Tysons Corner

Our events are developed and facilitated through the support of the many volunteers serving on the following committees:
Events Planning Committee
Market Intelligence and Education Committee
SBGovWins Update
team high-five SBGovWins is a public forum where B2G Members of The American Small Business Coalition can share news of their successes to include recent contract awards from local, state and federal agencies and subcontract awards from other government contractors.

In turn, we'll use this info to brag about the great things our Members are doing to support the Nation by offering viable solutions, contributing to the economy and creating jobs!

Here are the newest SBGovWins Updates:



[SBGovWins] LegaLock Teams Up to Win Contract with Defense Threat Reduction Agency

[SBGovWins] Signs by Saenz takes down Fort Rucker and Pentagon awards before lunch!

Click here to view other SBGovWins Updates.

Members: Submit your SBGovWins updates by clicking here.

 Follow SBGovWins Updates online at Twitter:
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New & Renewed Members
scott and myra The ASBC is a tightly woven, member-driven community of trusted industry, academia and government individuals and organizations focused on supporting the missions of U.S. Government organizations.

If you have a moment, click here to learn more about our membership programs and then take a look at the list below and help us welcome the newest and renewed Members of The ASBC since last week.

*represents a membership renewal

Business-to-Government (B2G and B2B2G) Members

CORE™ Small Business Members
An application-based, corporate membership for small companies that provides a wealth of industry advisory support to facilitate quantifiable business and personal growth.

PrimeConnection™ Members
Corporate membership program for B2G companies designated as "other than small business".

ChannelConnection™ Members
Partner-based corporate membership program for manufacturers and distributors seeking added value for their reseller or channel program.


Associate Members
Membership program for individual professionals representing B2G organizations.

- Convergence Technology Consulting
- Shephard Sound Solutions*
- Catapult Consultants*
- CNSW
- Big Picture, Inc.
- Network Security Pros
- Dulles Case Center*

Government Members

Government Access Members
Public or Private listing membership program for representatives of local, state and federal agencies.


Business-to-Business (B2B) Members

Trusted B2B Members
An invitation-only corporate membership for select companies providing services specifically relevant to the day-to-day operations of government contractor organizations.

*represents a membership renewal

New and current Members are supported by the volunteers of the:
Member Services Committee

and applications for prospective CORE™ Small Business and Trusted B2B Members are reviewed by the volunteers of the:
Membership Application Review and Criteria Committee


The American Small Business Coalition supports the missions of U.S. Government agencies with quality industry partnerships to sustain and defend our way of life.

Continued Success!

- The American Small Business Coalition
In This Issue
General Update
Upcoming Events
SBGovWins Update
New Members
Chief Visionary: In Brief
Quick Links

From The ASBC Chief Visionary:
In Brief
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Congress Balks.
 
In keeping with what has become an activity "We The People" have become accustomed to relying on for timeliness moreso than the Atomic Clock, the men and women of our Congress did not pass a budget.
 
Definitely not a news flash.

Here's the news.

Despite the efforts of the small business champions on the Hill, the language of  the Small Business Parity amendment included in the Senate's version of the Department of Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 was removed during negotiations.

Like the budget, small businesses who support the mission of the government are taking a backseat to "more important" issues.

I wonder which issues those would be?

Peace!

- The Chief Visionary
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