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zMembers Only Update - - January 5, 2009
The American Small Business Coalition

Members Only Update
"Information for Leveraging The ASBC Community"

January 5, 2009

In this edition of the Members Only Update: (click on section names below to view updates)

Welcome to 2009 and the start of a season of change for the government sector!

Not only will we all experience change related to the incoming administration, but changes such as the implementation of E-Verify on January 15th and the
impact to the small business community related to the Small Disadvantaged Business Concern (SDB) and HUBZone Programs are tops among the issues facing contractors in 2009.

On the upside, there are a number of opportunities in the works. With the impending
administration change there has already been an increase in requirements for companies providing services related to the management of change, and it will continue well into FY09 and beyond. The anticipated shift in political appointees will have a direct impact on cultural change at the executive level for most agencies to include new ways of measuring the investments made to achieve the desired change. Let's not forget about the number of planned IT acquisitions that go by names such as NETCENTS II, CIOSPNEW, CTS, SITE and more. Other areas of opportunity in different disciplines and those already slated for small businesses will be the subject of much attention as the year proceeds.

Other change occurring this year comes in the form of departures we'd rather not see. One of those is Jim House, Director of the Office of Small Business for USDA. As a presidential appointee, his term concludes on January 20th along with a multitude of others, but not too many of them (if any) will be leaving the same mark on government and small business as Jim. To read our brief homage to Jim for his years of service, click on or cut and paste this link into your browser window: http://www.theasbc.org/members/blog_view.asp?id=263034&post=53314

Speaking of small business, your favorite Chief Visionary just had an article published by Kansas City Small Business Monthly magazine about small business determinations in federal contracting. They published it as "Is Your Company a Small Business?" but the original version is entitled "On Your Mark...Get Set... Wait! Are We a Small Business?" which is posted on The ASBC Web Portal.

Anybody wondering what is to become of the OMB Lines of Business?

According to some, there is a good chance that some of the LOB's will be discontinued while others that have demonstrated a benefit will transcend the administration change.

In a
Washington Technology article, Mark Kagan, research manager at Government
Insights stated "Some of the major lines of business — particularly financial management, information systems security and human resources management — began showing some real traction and benefits in 2008. The associated shared-services offerings will continue to extend beyond single acquisitions and single government entities, saving IT investment dollars while improving citizen services."

According to Government Insights, the United States Government currently has 6,561 federal agency IT line of business (LOB) initiatives for which the Office of Management and Budget has strict guidelines for how federal agencies must request and gain approval for IT projects as part of the federal budgeting process.

We can't imagine that these more than six thousand initiatives will up and disappear, so keep your eyes open.


ASBC Toastmasters is official and we're awaiting issuance of our charter by Toastmasters International! The club provides a forum where you can brush up on presentation skills which may come into play personally and professionally. ASBC Toastmasters meets at 8:00am on the first and third Tuesday's at Teqcorner in McLean, VA and our next meeting is January 6th.


The ASBC Career Center has launched! As of January 1, 2009, all Members have the ability to upload a resume and search available job openings. Additionally, COREMembers can also review submitted resumes (potential candidates can create a free Job Seeker profile on the portal).

Thanks to the many CORE™ Members (Small Business, Coalition Exchange, PrimeConnection™, ChannelConnection™ and B2G Individual Membership Levels) that have taken the time to provide us feedback to the Career Center Survey(available to CORE™ Members by clicking on or cutting and pasting the following link into your browser window: http://www.theasbc.org/surveys/default.asp?id=Career_Center_Survey). We've already begun implementing some of your comments and ideas. Thanks!

Thanks also to Coalition Exchange Member Tom Petruska of Contracts Unlimited who passed along some very nice comments to Maggie and I. Check out Tom's testimonial here: http://www.theasbc.org/?page=contractsunlimited.

If you didn't have a chance to check out our latest monthly newsletter, click here to view the December 2008 Monthly eNewsletter and find out who the newest Members are and other related updates. (You may also cut and paste this link into your browser to view: http://www.theasbc.org/news/21157/State-of-The-ASBC-eNewsletter---December-2008.htm)

Click here to view The ASBC Fifth Anniversary Founder's Message. (Cut and paste this URL into your browser to view:http://www.theasbc.org/news/20042/Fifth-Anniversary-Message-from-The-ASBC-Founders.htm)




Upcoming Events: (click on links to view event details)

We hope you'll join us this Wednesday morning for the firstBusiness Over Breakfast event of 2009 at the Tower Club, still the most productive government sector breakfast event in the region!

On January 14th we host The ASBC OTB Mixer to kickoff the year at On The Border in Vienna, VA with special 15/25 pricing thanks to our friends at Design4Future our January 2009 15/25 Sponsor!

The POCx Women's Group meets for breakfast this Thursday morning at Teqcorner in Vienna, VA. Women Business Leaders are encouraged to join Angela Dingle and the other Women Presidents, Owners and Chief Executives as this month they discuss differences in how men and women leverage networking and utilize their networks!

Join us for the very first Washington Breakfast Club™ of 2009 featuring Colonel Charles Mehle, Commander of the Joint Transformation Command for Intelligence. JTC-I is a component of the U.S. Joint Forces Command and supports USJFCOM's intelligence needs by delivering innovative, relevant joint operational intelligence capabilities to the combatant command. Other confirmed and invited presenters include: Grant Schneider, DIA, CIO; Henry Sienkiewicz of DISA's Computing Services Directorate; Casey Coleman, GSA, CIO and Pete Tseronis, Energy CIO. Stay tuned!

Here are some of our upcoming events:




Committee Updates and Reorganization
Looking for a comprehensive update on The ASBC's Committees and Groups? Check out our recent posting in the State of The ASBC blog called Committees and Groups: Participation and Benefits. The article discusses the formation of our new Program and Education Development Committee which has the lead on the development of our market education and market intelligence efforts. It goes into some detail about the functions of the:

Feel free to contact us or the committee chairs if you have questions. We look forward to your participation!


Contracts/Law Silo Planning Meeting
The ASBC BOSS Silo Groups are focused on providing content on specific areas of business operation. Content is provided through articles, audio and web presentations, seminars and "Ask The Experts" activities.

As a function of the Business Operations Support Services (BOSS) Committee, the Contracts, Law and Compliance Silo group is focused on providing support and content in the areas of: labor and employment law, litigation, business succession planning, software licenses, commercial sales contracts, employment agreements, confidentiality agreements, proposals, teaming agreements and subcontracts. CORE™ Members interested in supporting these activities should participate.

Fifth Anniversary Conference Planning

As we prepare to celebrate our fifth year of operation in 2009, we are also making plans
for our Fifth Anniversary Conference and Awards Dinner on April 23, 2009. If you would like to participate in the planning for this day-long event at the Sheraton Tysons Premier, contact us at events@theasbc.org to join this committee.
 
 



In this section we'll keep you updated on feature enhancements related to getting the most benefit out of The ASBC Web Portal. If you have questions or comments for us, please send them to info@theasbc.org.

Here are the latest updates:

Got White Papers?
One of the ways companies expand awareness of their expertise and industry savvy, is by producing white papers to share with their colleagues and potential customers. To support these efforts we've created The ASBC White Paper Forum exclusively for all Members. Found in the 'Community Blogs' section, this forum provides a central location for any and all relevant white papers which The ASBC will promote through various activities and contacts. Want to know more? Click on or cut and paste this URL into your browser: http://www.theasbc.org/members/blog_view.asp?id=341714&post=52376

Job Openings to Post?
In an effort to continually enhance the benefits of membership, The ASBC is underway with launching a resource to allow job seekers to post their resumes (at no cost) and make them available to Member companies with available job openings. Access to post openings and view resumes will be based on membership level and will be detailed in upcoming announcements. Look for the Career Center link in the left hand menu bar.

Associate Members: Express Yourself!
In response to feedback from our Members and colleagues from Government and Industry, we've created categories within the Associate Membership program which will better identify the focus of each Associate Member (commercial vs. government sector) and helpus direct communications based on your interests. All Associate Members were sent an email on Saturday (November 29th) at 4:33pm with the subject "Associate Member Update" which includes details about updating your category designation. Associate Members: Click here (or cut and paste this URL into your browser:https://www.theasbc.org/?AMUto select the category in which you would like to be listed.



The Chief Visionary Blog is where Guy spotlights articles and other information relevant to the government sector and occasionally offers his insights as to how and if the business community should react or respond.

Here are some of his latest entries:

House is leaving the building (an homage to USDA's Small Business Advocate)

Washington Technology: Ten stories you've been following

Tigerlily Foundation Update: Making a Difference

Common Sense Tips for Companies New to Federal Sector Business Opportunities






Click here to view this blog!






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