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Conference Agenda

All activities took place at the Kansas City Convention Center.

Monday, May 9

12:00pm 6:00pm Registration Open   Lobby 2300
12:00pm 6:00pm Exhibitor Move-In   Exhibit Hall D

Tuesday, May 10

7:30am 6:00pm Registration Open   Lobby 2300
7:30am 8:30am Continental Breakfast   Lobby 2500 B
7:30am 1:00pm Exhibitor Move-In   Exhibit Hall D
8:30am 9:30am Welcome Remarks:   Grand Ballroom
     
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Color Guard:
Lincoln College Preparatory Academy, JROTC, Tiger Battalion

National Anthem Vocalist:
Bryan Pinkall, tenor
The University of Missouri – Kansas City, Conservatory of Music and Dance

The Honorable Sly James, Mayor of Kansas City, MO

The Honorable Emanuel Cleaver, II, United States Congress (D, MO)

Mark Holecek, Site Manager, NNSA/Kansas City Site Office, Field Host for 12th Annual Small Business Conference

Bill Valdez, Acting Director, Office of Economic Impact and Diversity and Acting Director of Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization, U.S. Department of Energy

Thomas D'Agostino, Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and Administrator, National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), U.S. Department of Energy

9:30am 10:00am Break    
10:00am 11:45am Keynote   Grand Ballroom
     
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Devora Zack is author of the award-winning Networking for People Who Hate Networking and president of Only Connect Consulting, Inc.
 
12:00pm 1:30pm FY 2010 Secretarial Small Business Awards Luncheon   Great Hall
2:00pm 3:15pm

Breakouts

 

 
     
{slider=A1. How to Do Business with DOE 101 - Room 2505|closed}

Speakers: Nick Demer, Senior Procurement Analyst, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, U.S. Department of Energy

Gary Lyttek, Business Source Manager, Office of Acquisition and Supply Management, National Nuclear Security Administration, U.S. Department of Energy

Description: This two-phase concurrent session is to help small businesses market their services more effectively with the Department of Energy (DOE). Nick Demer will discuss the evolution of DOE, describe its missions, organizational structure, M&O business model, what commodities are purchased, rules of engagement, how to get a contract, tools available to help small businesses find opportunities, and obstacles that could be encountered along the way, in particular "Q" Clearances. During the second phase, Gary Lyttek will discuss how to participate in business opportunities specific from the NNSA, and Offices of Environmental Management, and other mission-oriented program elements.

{slider=A2. Green Initiatives and Contracting - Room 2502|closed}

Speakers: Bill Stuby, Center Director of University of Missouri-Columbia Procurement Technical Assistance Center

Marie Steinwachs, Director, Missouri Environmental Assistance Center, University of Missouri Extension

Gary Walker, Co-Owner, Magic Touch Cleaning, Inc.

Description: New opportunities exist for "green" business growth under Executive Order 13514 that requires all Federal agencies to purchase more recycled content, energy efficient, renewable, bio-based and environmentally preferable products and services. Among these, the GSA's new "Go Green Initiatives" gives preference to green products and services. Contractors that can demonstrate low greenhouse gas emissions may get set-aside contracts in the same way that small and disadvantaged businesses are today. Find out what agencies are buying green, who is benefiting, how a small business measures their carbon footprint, and where to go for help on greening business operations and selling green.

{slider=A3. Teaming/Subcontracting - Room 2504|closed}

– Essential to Small Business Success

Speakers: Brent Clark, Vice President, Performance Results Corporation

Tiki Dixon, Vice President, Tetra Tech, Inc., Oak Ridge Operations

Misty Mayes, President, Management Solutions, LLC

Cassandra Stuart, Socioeconomic Programs Officer, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, University of Tennessee-Battelle

Description: Looking for the competitive advantage? Learn first-hand how to engage in successful teaming agreements in subcontracting with the Federal government and prime contractors. Move beyond the horror stories, where promises never fulfilled resulted in animosity and loss of anticipated income. Get definitive, useful information on successful teaming from companies that have teamed together on projects, as well as how negative teaming experiences were turned into valuable lessons learned. Participants will come away armed with relevant, real-world advice and guidance you can use to propel your business to further success in the Federal subcontracting arena.

 

2:00pm 7:00pm Exhibit Hall Open   Exhibit Hall D
3:15pm 3:30pm Break    
3:30pm 4:45pm

Breakouts

 

 
     
{slider=B1. “Startup America” - Room 2502|closed}

– A White House Small Business Initiative to Promote Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Speaker: Lesa Mitchell, Vice President, Kauffman Foundation

Description: Ever wondered about opportunities or barriers to scaling your energy company in the United States? This breakout will help you understand barriers you need to overcome, as well as resources you can utilize to scale your firm. Lesa Mitchell will describe the Obama Administration's Startup America Initiative and the Startup America Partnership and explain how these important new programs are designed to marshal public sector resources and reduce regulatory barriers for high growth firms (companies with 50% growth over 2 years).

{slider=B2. Navigating the FMC Contracting Waters - Room 2504|closed}

– How to Find and Capitalize on pPocurement Opportunities

Speakers: Don Devoti, Small Business Program Manager, Sandia National Laboratories, US Department of Energy

Stacey Francis, Small Business Program Manager, Idaho National Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy

Dennis Roybal, Small Business Program Manager, Los Alamos National Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy

Description: The contracting waters of Facility Management Contractors (FMC) may seem murky at best and downright muddy at times. During this session, small business program managers from three Department of Energy laboratories will highlight their labs' missions and how each lab works with small business to partner for mission success.

{slider=B3. Powering Up the Women's Procurement Program -
Room 2505|closed}

Speakers:
Denise Farris, Managing Member, Farris Law Firm, LLC 

Ann Sullivan, President, Madison Services Group, Inc.

Description: February 4, 2011 marked the beginning of the long-awaited Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contract Program, allowing Federal contract set-asides for women owned small businesses. The first of these set-asides are being released now – find out how to position your company to take advantage of these opportunities.

{slider=B4. Strategic Sourcing – Room 2503|closed}
– New Challenges, New Opportunities
Speakers: Bill Marks, Commodity Manager, National Nuclear Security Administration's Kansas City Plant, operated by Honeywell Federal Manufacturing and Technologies, LLC
Gary Lyttek, Business Source Manager, Office of Acquisition and Supply Management, National Nuclear Security Administration, U.S. Department of Energy
Description: Strategic sourcing is an institutional procurement process that strives to continuously improve and re-evaluate the purchasing activities of an organization. Federal organizations are tasked to (1) enact government-wide acquisition policies and regulations to promote "economy, efficiency, and effectiveness" in their procurement activities and (2) promote achievement of goals for participation by small businesses. Can the two goals work together? This workshop will highlight the Department's efforts through subcontracting to promote strategic sourcing while opening new opportunities for small businesses. In addition, small businesses will be challenged to explore partnerships to provide regional or national solutions for Departmental requirements.
 
5:00pm 7:00pm Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall   Exhibit Hall D

Wednesday, May 11

7:30am 5:00pm Registration Open   Lobby 2300
7:30am 8:30am Continental Breakfast   Lobby 2500 B
8:30am 10:15am Welcome Remarks/Keynote   Grand Ballroom
     
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Welcome Remarks: Lisa P. Jackson, Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  

Robin Stubenhofer, Vice President, Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies, Field Host for 12th Annual Small Business Conference

John Moore is a true marketing expert. Intimately involved with Starbucks' epic growth to a global iconic brand, Moore has helped transform the way businesses look at marketing and branding.

10:30am 5:00pm Exhibit Hall Open   Exhibit Hall D
10:15am 10:30am Break    
10:30am 11:45am

Breakouts

 

 
     
{slider=C1. Navigating the FMC Contracting Waters - Room 2504|closed}

– How to Find and Capitalize on Procurement Opportunities

Speakers: Don Devoti, Small Business Program Manager, Sandia National Laboratories, U.S. Department of Energy

Stacey Francis, Small Business Program Manager, Idaho National Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy

Dennis Roybal, Small Business Program Manager, Los Alamos National Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy

Description: The contracting waters of Facility Management Contractors (FMC) may seem murky at best and downright muddy at times. During this session, small business program managers from three Department of Energy laboratories will highlight their labs' missions and how each lab works with small business to partner for mission success.

{slider=C2. Legal Landmines for Small Contractors - Room 2505|closed}

Speakers: Mark Thomas, Esq., Managing Counsel, Reid Law PC

Description: Using anecdotal case studies, keen insight, and candid humor, Cederal contracts lawyer and retired USAF officer "Hawk" Thomas will address legal issues that frequently keep small businesses from becoming exemplary Federal contractors. Topics include ownership and control rules; teaming and affiliation; bonding assistance; labor standards; limits on subcontracting; cost accounting and audits; ethics compliance; fraud and false claims; dispute resolution, and recent SBA/VA rule changes. This no-nonsense, high-energy short course on doing things right and avoiding self-inflicted wounds will arm attendees with the information needed to recognize key boundaries and distinguish themselves in the competitive Federal marketplace.

{slider=C3. Marketing Tactics For Government Contracts -
Room 2502|closed}

– Successful Marketing Tactics For Government ContractsSpeakers: Beth Goldstein, President, Marketing Edge Consulting Group

Gloria Berthold Larkin, President, TargetGov at Marketing Outsource Associates, Inc.

Description: Need help with critical sales and marketing tactics that capture the attention of government agencies? This session will teach small business owners how to create a powerful message and brand identity that is carried through all sales and marketing materials from the web to direct mail to one-on-one communications. Discover how to effectively target government agencies by avoiding the most common mistakes and learn how marketing to government entities differs from private sector companies. Plus, this session will discuss how to proactively take advantage of sales opportunities without waiting for an RFP to be issued.

12:00pm 1:30pm Lunch on Own    
1:30pm 2:45pm

Breakouts

 

 
     
{slider=D1. Teaming/Subcontracting - Room 2504|closed}

– Essential to Small Business Success

Speakers: Brent Clark, Vice President, Performance Results Corporation

Tiki Dixon, Vice President, Tetra Tech, Inc., Oak Ridge Operations

Misty Mayes, President, Management Solutions, LLC

Cassandra Stuart, Socioeconomic Programs Officer, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, University of Tennessee-Battelle

Description: Looking for the competitive advantage? Learn first-hand how to engage in successful teaming agreements in subcontracting with the Federal government and prime contractors. Move beyond the horror stories, where promises never fulfilled resulted in animosity and loss of anticipated income. Get definitive, useful information on successful teaming from companies that have teamed together on projects, as well as how negative teaming experiences were turned into valuable lessons learned. Participants will come away armed with relevant, real-world advice and guidance you can use to propel your business to further success in the federal subcontracting arena.

{slider=D2. Proposal Writing - The Dos and Don'ts - Room 2502|closed}

Speaker: Charles Sills, Principal & Executive Vice-President, Government Affairs/Operations, Trillacorpe Construction

Description: This session will cover a broad range of effective, winning proposal preparation strategies that Small Businesses/Diversity Suppliers can follow, utilize and employ in response to Federal RFP's, including: Accurate interpretation of Government solicitations, market surveys, notices and RFI's; presentation of bid team partnerships and Prime Contractor-Tier 1 Subcontractor organization with respect to Scope-of-Work and project delivery schedule; utilization of Federal Agency Mentor-Protégé Agreements as pre-qualification for Small Business-big business bid team partnerships; project history and past performance documentation; technical narrative evaluation; competitive pricing; bonding requirements; Contract Officer contact protocols; pre-proposal conferences and site visits/walk-thrus; and Sources Sought strategies.

{slider=D3. How to Do Business with DOE 101 - Room 2505|closed}

Speakers: Nick Demer, Senior Procurement Analyst, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, U.S. Department of Energy

Gary Lyttek, Business Source Manager, Office of Acquisition and Supply Management, National Nuclear Security Administration, U.S. Department of Energy

Description: This two-phase concurrent session is to help small businesses market their services more effectively with the Department of Energy (DOE). Nick Demer will discuss the evolution of DOE, describe its missions, organizational structure, M&O business model, what commodities are purchased, rules of engagement, how to get a contract, tools available to help small businesses find opportunities, and obstacles that could be encountered along the way, in particular "Q" Clearances. During the second phase, Gary Lyttek will discuss how to participate in business opportunities specific from the NNSA, and Offices of Environmental Management, and other mission-oriented program elements.

{slider=D4. Getting the Green $ - Room 2503|closed}

– Doing Business with EPA and Greening Your Small Business

Speaker: Dr. Jeanette L. Brown, Director, EPA Office of Small Business
Programs, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Description: The Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Small Business Programs has one of the strongest small and disadvantaged business programs, recently receiving the highest SBA Scorecard rating in the Federal Government for FY 2009. Learn about how to "follow the money" and do business with EPA and about EPA procurement opportunities.  Also, greening your small business can not only save money, time and resources, but greening can also increase productivity and marketability with their consumers, especially the Federal government.  During this session EPA's Small Business Office will also share valuable resources and advice for small businesses about new Federal green regulations and Executive Orders that are trickling down to small business, green purchasing and contracting requirements in the Federal government (and beyond), small business greening in relation to environmental compliance, and how to "green" your small business.

2:45pm 3:00pm Break    
3:00pm 4:15pm

Breakouts

 

 
     
{slider=E1. Small Business Resources in Your Community -
Room 2502|closed}

Speakers: Mark Allen, Business Development Specialist, Missouri Small Business and Technology Development Center, Office of Research & Economic Development, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Kathy Devoe, Assistant District Director, Minority Enterprise Development, U.S. Small Business Administration

Donna Leonard, Procurement Director, Western Region PTAC, University of Missouri-Kansas City

Description: Do you know the small business resources in your community? Many small business owners are not aware that they have local Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs), Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), and Small Business Administration (SBA) offices in their backyard to assist them with their business needs. Join local PTAC, SBDC, and SBA representatives who will share tips and advice on where a small business can turn to for specific information. While this session details the range of services and trainings offered at these organizations, also expect information on the certification process, capability statements, NAICS Codes, CCR, and services such as FedConnect, FedBizOpps, and Sub-Net.

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– Generating Success – DOE's Mentor-Protégé ProgramSpeakers: Sharon Campbell, Small Business Program Manager, Savannah River Operations Office, U.S. Department of Energy

Nick Demer, Senior Procurement Analyst, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, U.S. Department of Energy

Michael Evans, President and CEO, GEM Technologies

Description: Discover the Ins and Outs of the DOE's Mentor-Protégé program. After a program overview from the DOE, Savannah River Solutions will provide an overview of its successful Mentor role. Small disadvantaged business owners will learn tips and tricks from a thriving protégé how to enter the program and manage the program. Prime contractors will discover how a successful program is managed and how to take their small business program to another level. A breakout session you do not want to miss – increase your capabilities and prepare for growth.

3:00pm 5:00pm

Breakout

 

 
     
{slider=E3. Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) - Room 2504|closed}

Bridging the Gap Between Federal Agencies and MSIs

Speakers: Ron Blakely, White House Initiative on HBCUs, U.S. Department of Education

Senora Coggs, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Civil Rights/Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce

Thomas Johnson, Jr., Acting Director, EM Recovery Act Program, Office of Environmental Management, U.S. Department of Energy

Dr. Anthony Junior, Director, Naval HBCU/MI Program Office, Office of Naval Research Education Program Manager

Tuwanda Smith, Esq., Program Manager, Office of Small Business and Civil Rights, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)

Description: This session will provide helpful information on how Federal Agencies and MSIs can work closely together to build successful partnerships through grant and contracting opportunities. In addition, face-to-face interactions with Federal Agencies and small businesses will provide MSIs with valuable tools and information to give their institutions a competitive edge.

5:00pm 8:00pm Expo Move-Out   Exhibit Hall D

Thursday, May 12

7:00am 8:00am Continental Breakfast   Lobby 2500 B
8:00am 2:00pm Registration Open   Lobby 2300
9:00am 12:00pm Matchmaking Sessions   Grand Ballroom
12:00pm 1:30pm Lunch on Own    
1:30pm 4:30pm Matchmaking Sessions   Grand Ballroom

Friday, May 13

All day    

SBPM Meeting
Internal DOE Event—for Small Business
Program Managers only (SBPMs)

 

 

* Times subject to change