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Luncheon Speaker Series: Hot Issues in Federal Contracting

January 31st, 2014

Luncheon Speaker Series: Hot Issues in Federal Contracting
Event on 2014-02-04 11:00:00

Luncheon Speaker Series:
Hot Issues in Federal Contracting


New expanded Policy Makers Power Luncheon to cover Procurement and Contracting in 2014.




At this 4-hour working Luncheon, SBA officials along with industry procurement experts will lead a discussion on how to hunt, capture and win federal contracts. You will have an opportunity to learn how to break into the 0 billion federal market using innovative marketing tools and strategies to overcome myths and misconceptions of barriers to winning contracts.

The presentation will include: small business programs (FAR Parts 19 & 26), Contract Types (FAR 16), Competition Types (FAR 6), Maximizing Federal Government Portals-FBO.GOV, USASPENDING.GOV and FPDS.GOV, GSA Schedules, IDIQ, Blanket Purchase Agreements, GWACS, Capability Statements, Past Performance Relevance, Proposal Development, Using statistics and data for marketing advantage, Mindset of Contracting Officers, New regulations, Teaming, Joint Ventures, Subcontracting with Primes and more.

There will be Q & A with audience participation. Attendees will be given useful procurement guides to federal contracting.

For more information contact:


Who Should Attend

  • Small businesses wishing to do business with the government
  • 8(a) and SDB Businesses
  • Large Businesses Connecting with SBA Certified Businesses
  • Woman Owned Businesses
  • Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses
  • Veteran Owned
  • Native American Owned
  • HUB Zones

Why You Should Attend

The greatest need for any business is learning to build relationships and be more strategic in their tactics while understanding the latest tools and techniques to effective contract capture.  We will go in-depth to address issues such as: identifying contracts, resources to follow the money, using contracting vehicles, GSA Schedules, simplified acquisitions, past performance, proposal development and more to gain a competitive advantage.


What others are saying about our CEO Business events that keep people coming back for more:

"As a result of information that I heard… I was also able to develop a strategy to better utilizing my existing Mentor-Protege Agreement. Again, THANK YOU for your advocacy and encouragement for businesses like mine."


“Thank you Minority Business RoundTable on a very successful event with key federal officials and business leaders on accessing contracts. The interactive dialogue was engaging with critical information to advance my business agenda. Your organization and network helped our business open doors and gain access."


“Engaging in Washington is critical for any American, particularly entrepreneurs. Events like this help entrepreneurs get a seat at the table with policymakers – and order off the menu.”


Antonio Doss 

Antonio Doss has established a reputation for performance, leadership, customer outreach and personal integrity throughout his career in financial services, community development, and government. Mr. Doss was appointed Acting District Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Washington Metropolitan Area District Office on March 18, 2013. As District Director, he oversees the delivery of SBA’s small business financing products, contracting programs, and entrepreneurial coaching services in Washington, DC, Northern Virginia and Suburban Maryland. In July 2011, he was appointed as Director of the Office of Grants Management.

As Director, Mr. Doss administered a 0 million portfolio of cooperative agreement grants through close coordination with U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) program offices. From 2004 to 2011, Mr. Doss served as Associate Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Small Business Development Centers. In that role, Mr. Doss established strategic direction for the nation's premier small business coaching program via policy directives, internal partnerships and collaboration with the national trade association. He administered the 0 million Small Business Development Center grant program overseeing its 900 service centers located across the nation and U.S. territories.

Through this program more than 500,000 entrepreneurs annually received business coaching and training resulting in .6 billion in capital acquisition and 14,000 new small businesses created per year. Prior to coming to SBA, Mr. Doss was a senior vice president at Bank of America where he managed the bank’s community development program in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Under his leadership, Bank of America received the highest ratings from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency for its commitment and demonstrated results in community reinvestment.

While at Bank of America, Mr. Doss also managed SBA lending teams, branch offices, a consumer lending product group and championed overall mortgage and real estate lending to low- and moderate-income communities. Mr. Doss earned a bachelor’s degree in management from Robert Morris College. He is also a graduate of Leadership Maryland and the Consumer Bankers Association’s Graduate School of Bank Management, at the University of Virginia.


Anthony Ruiz

Since February 2011, Assistance District Director/8(a) Business Development Program, Washington Metropolitan Area District Office, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA): Involved with the 8(a) Program as CEO of his own DOD manufacturing firm since 1987 and with SBA dating back to 1977.

Seven years’ experience with the Maryland Small Business Development Center (SBDC), as Capital Region Director (servicing Montgomery & Prince George’s Counties, 2007-2011, making that SBDC Region the #2 top performing region in the nation and the #1 performing region in Maryland for three years), as the Senior Management Consultant in the Baltimore City Office for the Central Region – Maryland SBDC (2003-2007)

Prior Professional Experience: Fifteen years international & business management consulting as a business owner; 10 years as a CEO/Turnaround Manager; and 10 years international and commercial banking. Throughout his career, Mr. Ruiz has managed and executed creative and resourceful methods to improve small business financial performance, including financing for his clients, increasing revenues, government contracting, exports/imports, profitability, and strategic expansion.

Education: Law Degree –Business, Finance & International Trade (University of Arizona); MBA in Finance, Marketing & International Business (University of Southern California); Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations (California State University – Los Angeles, with honors)

Community Affiliations: Strong supporter of various minority chambers of commerce & non-profits assisting small businesses; Member, Korean Business Enterprise (KoBE); Planning Committee Member, Asian-American Business Conference (September 2010-2012); Prior Chairman-Minority & Small Business Committee, Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce (2008-2011); Planning Committee Member & Chair of Seminars Program Committee-The Annual Maryland Hispanic Business Conference (2005-2011);

Recent Awards & Honors

  • Program Speaker, Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (2013)
  • Excellence in Seminars Planning Award: The 2011 Maryland Hispanic Business Conference
  • Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce Certificates of Service Appreciation (2008-2010)
  • Recipient of U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2009 Small Business Development Center Service Excellence and Innovation Center Award; Recognized performance as the #2 SBDC Center in the Nation and the #1 SBDC Center in SBA Region 3 (PA, DE, MD, DC, VA, & WV)
  • The MDSBDC Network’s #1 Top Performing Region (FY 2010, 2009 & 2008)
  • Greater Baltimore Committee 2008 Bridging the GAP Finalist Award: Assisting Minority Entrepreneurs The 2007 Maryland Governor’s Hispanic Commission Citation for Lifetime Achievement
  • The 2007 Maryland SBDC Network State Star Award for Outstanding Performance
  • The 2005 SBA (Baltimore City District Office) Robert A. Nicholls Small Business Service Award for Outstanding Minority Business Advocacy

Military: Vietnam Veteran; Staff Sergeant-United States Army Field Artillery (1967-1969); distinguished with a Purple Heart and Bronze Star while in military combat.


Ralph Buchanan

Senior Economic Development Specialist with the Washington Metro Area District Office (WMADO) provides strategic counseling, access to capital, and contracting expertise as part of a marketing and outreach function for the nation’s largest district office.


Mr. Buchanan comes from the Richmond District Office where he served as a Business Opportunity Specialist administering and directing firms through the 8(a) certification, and its associated program compliance, business development, contracting support, and business opportunity assistance through his portfolio of client firms.


Immediately prior to his SBA career, Mr. Buchanan has over fifteen years of private sector experience working directly for a number of 8(a) firms in some of the major socio economic categories found within government contracting, to include WOSB, SDVOSB, SDB, Hawaiian Native, as well as mid-tier firms thriving with the federal sector.  During these engagements, he provided proposal management support, strategic capture management, business development and operations, through a complete understanding of the federal acquisition lifecycle, and a well thought out methodology for go to market strategies, and critical thinking from lessons learned over the course of his diverse career. 


Prior to these efforts, Mr. Buchanan has a nearly twenty year career with the Unisys Corporation where he provided proposal management expertise, business development, and traditional marketing support in support of large scaled commercial and public sector opportunities.


A native of Newark, New Jersey, Mr. Buchanan holds and Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University and a Bachelors of Science in Engineering from Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey).


Roger A. Campos, Esq.

Mr. Campos serves as the President & CEO and Founder of the Minority Business RoundTable (MBRT), the first national organization for CEOs of the nation’s leading Asian American, Hispanic American, African American and Native American-owned businesses. MBRT provides a national forum for the CEOs of large and small, minority and women-owned businesses to address public policy issues and serves as a unique resource on business issues including federal procurement, contracting, access to capital and coaching CEO’s on how to do business with the federal government. 

Prior to serving as President & CEO, Mr. Campos served as Executive Director of the MBRT Program at the Joint Center for Political & Economic Studies. Prior thereto, Mr. Campos was Vice President of Government Relations for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities where he managed Washington, D.C. operations including overseeing the nationally recognized internship program that has educated more than 6,000 interns. Past private sector positions include: CEO and Principal of International Network of Consultants and Associates which provided consulting and coaching services to CEO’s on how to obtain government contracts and capital; and CEO of EKKOR Electronics, an aerospace and electronics manufacturing and technical services firm.  He has a distinguished public service career having served four years in the White House, Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget setting up Presidential Commissions, Councils and federal programs; Special Consultant to the Administrator, Small Business Administration where he drafted the standard operating procedures for the U.S. federal governments 8(a) minority business program; Special Assistant to the first Secretary of Energy; and served in the Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Agriculture. He serves on the National Advisory Council of the U.S. Small Business Administration and National Small Business Advisory Council of the Department of Energy. He is widely recognized as a national business leader on the U.S. federal government policy.

Mr. Campos holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the United States International University, California Western School of Law (San Diego, CA) and a Bachelor of Arts degree in social sciences from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He is a published author having written the first Rock Novel with music CD titled Sleeping with an Angel and has been recognized in Who’s Who in America. He serves as Chairman, U.S. Hispanic Youth Entrepreneur & Education, a non-profit organization to help students move on to college.


Thomas D. Johnson

President, Business Research Services and Publisher, Set-Aside Alert

With four decades of experience in the Federal government contracting arena, Tom is an expert at government business development. He has negotiated numerous GSA Schedule contracts and has advised both large and small organizations. His clients have included Dun & Bradstreet, McGraw-Hill, and 3M Corporation, as well as numerous small businesses, HUBZone firms, 8(a) companies, veteran-owned businesses and tribal enterprises.

He is publisher of Set-Aside Alert: the nation’s leading news source for anyone working in the small business side of Federal contracting. With subscribers throughout the United States, Set-Aside Alert serves as an invaluable resource for small contractors, prime contractors, consultants, and government agencies. 

Tom graduated from Purdue University with a BS in Chemical Engineering and a Masters in Industrial Administration. He served in the U.S. Army Chemical Corps at the headquarters of the US Army Materiel Command.


Ashok Mehan 

 Ashok has extensive entrepreneurial experience with over 29 years of proven industry vision in the federal sector. He is the previous founder of two very successful firms in the federal sector, and possesses strengths across many lines of business. Ashok single handedly developed what the federal industry sector today acclaims to be the “most serious game-changing federal business intelligence tool” ever built. He bootstrapped his new business (FEDMINE) over five hard years without pay, pioneering the release of the first ever Real-Time Big Federal Spending Data Analysis Tool solution in the summer of 2007, a field he taught himself while building the solution.


Today, FEDMINE is a true American success story. FEDMINE specializes in all aspects of running the firm, from researching federal data sets pertaining to federal contracts, grants and federal business opportunities, to fine-tuning the database architecture, and managing all aspects of software development and front-end user interface design of the application that runs FEDMINE. He strives to deliver his core products and services with efforts to create social value for small businesses, particularly veterans, within the federal sector.


Ashok invested his own time and resources to acquire hands-on experience in researching and analyzing disparate federal spending data sets strewn across the Internet, and frequently spoke on methods to harness the power of aggregating those data sets to devise sustaining ways of conducting business development within the federal sector.


Before FEDMINE, Ashok founded a federal contracting firm in 1990 with no money in his pocket and a credit card. Soon after he topped million in annual revenue in 1996, he received a string of industry awards. He specialized in implementing and deploying several large scale IT projects for Federal clients in direct support of key Defense and Civilian programs. Some of those resulted in him being nominated for the KPMG Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 1997, followed by the “National Blue Chip Award” from the State of Maryland, including a cover story in Industry Week Magazine for being amongst the most innovative companies in the US. Ashok is frequently quoted in press articles relating to federal spending data.


Ashok holds an MBA in Information Systems, with a major in Expert Systems from Marymount University, Arlington, VA.  He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in 1978, and studied in Salzburg, Austria before coming to the US in 1984. He attended workshops at Cambridge University under Professor John Donovan.  


In early 2011, Ashok was accepted amongst the prestigious ranks of Stanford’s Who’s Who list, and is the chief sponsor of The Murray J. Schooner Award for Veteran Owned Businesses.




Cancellation and Refund Policy: If you are unable to attend the luncheon, you are welcome to send a substitute, however, you must notify us prior to the luncheon date. On site substitutions will not be permitted. Please email us requesting the change. If canceling, you must do so in writing no later than one week before event date. You will receive full credit towards the next event. If you do not attend the luncheon, you are responsible for the entire registration fee. No exceptions.

Disclaimer: Speaker schedule(s) are subject to change. MBRT reserves the right to substitute speaker(s) as necessary.

at McCormick & Schmick’s
1652 K St. NW
Washington, United States

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City of Washington Pipe Band Gr 1 Medley Maxville August 2009

January 31st, 2014

City of Washington Pipe Band Gr 1 Medley Maxville August 2009

City of Washington Pipe Band Gr 1 Medley Maxville August 2009.
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How To Get Optical Flares + Tutorial For FREE! | After Effects CS4 CS5 CS5.5!

January 31st, 2014

How To Get Optical Flares + Tutorial For FREE! | After Effects CS4 CS5 CS5.5!

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Washington state earthquake?!!?

January 31st, 2014

Question by Allison M: Washington state earthquake?!!?
I heard on a radio station earlier today, that Washington state is due for a bigggg earthquake.. can anyone tell me where I can read about this and figure out what people are saying for when it’s going to happen?

Best answer:

Answer by George
Earthquakes simply cannot be predicted, so I have no idea where that radio station is getting their information from.

There is no telling when and where the next earthquake is going to be.

Earthquakes cannot be predicted in anyway whatsoever.

What do you think? Answer below!

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A woman washes cassava in rural DRC

January 31st, 2014

Some cool Government images:

A woman washes cassava in rural DRC
Image by DFID – UK Department for International Development
Cassava (or manioc) is the vegetable that forms the staple food in the diet of most people in rural DRC. Although it is easy to grow, the problem is that it has little nutritional value.


UK aid has supported the government of DRC and aid agencies including Action Against Hunger to provide emergency nutrition response programmes across DRC in 2010 and 2011. In some areas, the communities have taken some of the ideas that Action Against Hunger brought to them, and organised themselves to tackle malnutrition from the ground up – by forming their own co-operative farms and self-support groups.

Read the full story at…

Picture: Russell Watkins/Department for International Development

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This image is posted under a Creative Commons – Attribution Licence, in accordance with the Open Government Licence. You are free to embed, download or otherwise re-use it, as long as you credit the source as Russell Watkins/Department for International Development’.

Image by Tom Leuntjens Photography
My impression of the Belgian crisis.

Back in December still a laughing matter but after 170 days, we still don’t have a new government. A summary can be found in the article "Belgium Crisis Explained: the kingdom in three parts"

Image used as my submission for the "52 Weeks" project.

Day 061/365 – Free Food!
Image by Great Beyond
Let’s be honest. being unemployed is a lot like being in college – except that this time, instead of pretending to study, The Unemployed pretend to look for work. I’m so amazed at this system – the fact that the Government will willing give me free money, I started thinking on other ways to get goods and services from them. Food stamps? Why not!

I mean, these are tough times! Why shouldn’t I be able to enjoy Steak, Perrier and a pint of Haagen-Dazs ice cream from time to time? I mean after all its protein, clean water and dairy products – all things vital to maintaining my nutritional and emotional well being! Why shouldn’t the government once again help enable my lavish lifestyle so I can continue lounging about watching Oprah and People Court?

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WSPRA Winter Workshop

January 31st, 2014

WSPRA Winter Workshop
Event on 2014-02-28 08:30:00

8:30 a.m.  Registration & Continental Breakfast                       

9:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions – Lorraine Michelle, WSPRA President     9:15 – 11:45 a.m. The Art of Leadership Communication

Jim Endicott, President, Distinction Communication Inc.Some in leadership have always aspired to their roles. Others have simply grown into them over time. Whether you lead a large or small, formal or informal team, the choices leaders make in how they communicate their key messages play a significant role in their personal and career success. Bring your leadership team and join nationally-recognized executive coach Jim Endicott for a high energy morning! You’ll build a deeper level of personal skill using the Leader’s Communication Toolkit, featuring new strategies to get through to busy and distracted people. You’ll also gain a fresh perspective about the importance of how messages are delivered through a live professional presentation skills coaching session. It’s all designed to move you toward personal communication excellence!  

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Lunch and Connecting with Colleagues

12:30 p.m. – 12:35 p.m. Welcome to Highline Public Schools: A path to success for every student             12:35 p.m. – 1:35 p.m. The Common Core Evolution in Washington Learn what you need to know about Washington State's transition to Common Core State Standards. Hear from experts about transition plans, future milestones, potential pitfalls, and how to talk to you communities. Moderator: Lorraine Michelle, Executive Director of Communications, Issaquah School DistrictPanelists: Marni Campbell, Executive Director of Instruction and Innovation, Highline Public SchoolsChris Barron, Communications Manager, Partnership for Learning 1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Update on the McCleary Case McCleary v. Washington was supposed to change the game for education in Washington by forcing the state legislature to amply and equitably fund K-12 education in Washington. Has it worked? What progress–if any–is showing up in the actions of this legislature? And what more should we expect in the future? 2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Inside the 2014 Legislative SessionEvery legislative session has its own personality and impact on K-12 education. Learn the latest from Olympia. Hear from two insiders with different perspectives. 3:00 p.m. Adjourn
About Jim Endicott – Management Consultant * Executive Coach *  Author

A nationally-recognized management consultant, executive coach and keynotespeaker, Jim Endicott has a passion for leadership communication and driving personal and organizational results through personal communication excellence. Jim is President of Distinction Communication, Inc. Jim and his team comea longside those who deliver high stakes, high-profile presentations to help communicate those critical messages in ways that foster deeper levels of trust,believability, clarity and credibility. 

Jim has been a Jesse H. Neal award-winning columnist for PRESENTATIONS magazine and has contributed presentation-related content in magazines like Business Week, Consulting, Selling Power and the Portland Business Journal.  Distinction’s clients range from Fortune 500 senior executive team members to leaders in medium to small size companies and their sales, marketing and corporate communication teams. 

A special thanks to our sponsors:

Signature Sponsor- ParentLink

Major Sponsor- SchoolWires


Lunch- Blackboard

at Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW
Seattle, United States

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Q&A: What are the best neighborhoods in Washington DC near a Metro line?

January 31st, 2014

Question by T B: What are the best neighborhoods in Washington DC near a Metro line?
What are the safest, most economical, convenient, etc. neighborhoods in Washington DC that are relatively close to a Metro station?

Best answer:

Answer by Steve M
Safest neighborhoods in DC?….lolololololololololololol Good one.

Give your answer to this question below!

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Lastest Brunch News

January 31st, 2014

Blogs | Ladies Who Brunch
However, my experiences of the Berlin winter thus far cannot detract from the utter revelation that is the German institution of brunch. Brunch isn't just the meal you have to make a hangover seem less disgraceful; it's a work of art. Admittedly, my …
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Roof Begins Brunch, Red Tomato Closes, Urban Butcher Serves S.W.A.K
28 opening, new Bethesda restaurant Roof is nearly booked on the weekends, and it's gearing up for weekend brunch, starting on Jan. 25 and 26. Hot on the heels of brunch is lunch, which starts on Thursday, Jan. 30. After that, the restaurant will be …

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Nice Government photos

January 31st, 2014

Some cool Government images:

John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum: Public Service Week
Image by Office of Governor Patrick
David Ellwood, Dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, speaks during the Harvard Kennedy School’s Public Service Week.

(Photo credit: Eugena Ossi/Governor’s Office)

Updated Needs List at OccupyMN – Day 3
Image by Fibonacci Blue
Minneapolis, Minnesota

October 9, 2011 around 6pm

The OccupyMN protest has occupied the Government Plaza in Minneapolis and renamed it People’s Plaza. This effort is one of many such protests around the world in association with the Occupy Wall Street protest in New York City.

2011-10-09 This is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License.

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LaTiDo Celebrates the Queen: Beyoncé

January 31st, 2014

LaTiDo Celebrates the Queen: Beyoncé
Event on 2014-02-10 20:00:00

It's that time of week again for La-Ti-Do: Nominated by DC and Washington Blade for Best Cabaret in 2013 and WINNER of DC Metro Theater Arts' 2013 Special Award

This week we continue with our triple feature: February Musical Artists-in-Residence Farrell Parker, Liz Hallacy and Christopher Harris!

This week – in honor of love – we'll also pay tribute to the artist many of us love so much: Beyonce. Some guest performers will be in to rock covers of some great Beyonce songs.

Guest Performers: Hope Leigh Rollins, Vishal Vaidya 

Hosts: DonMike Mendoza & Regie Cabico 
Accompanist: Jonathan Tuzman

Admission: with advance RSVP, General Admission at the door, for non-performing LTD Alumni 

Doors open at 7:55pm for an 8pm start.

“Go see La-Ti-Do, not just for the art, but for the artistry that will leave you tapping your toes and singing from your souls!” – Cyle Durkee, DCMetroTheaterArts

at Black Fox Lounge
1723 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, United States

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