MBID 2018 Conference Recap
The path toward American energy dominance depends on our ability to ensure that businesses of all types are leveraged. As the United States transitions into a more diverse demographic, the Office of Minority Business and Economic Development (MBED) is taking the lead in advancing energy sector business opportunities and economic development programs in diverse minority communities.
Essentially, this was the inspiration behind Minority Business Industry Day, hosted by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) MBED Office, where small business stakeholders from industry, academia, and government gathered in Washington, D.C. on Monday, August 20, 2018.
"ED is pleased to have hosted the inaugural Minority Business Industry Day. I would like to thank Secretary Perry for his continued leadership and support of minority businesses. Our mission is to help small and diverse businesses avail themselves to the vast number of opportunities here at DOE. We want to work with you so that we can succeed together.”
Guided by the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity (ED), Minority Business Industry Day was a valuable opportunity for small, diverse businesses to learn how to attract and partner with the Department. DOE senior leaders and subject matter experts committed to promoting Minority Business Industry Day goals by lending their time and expertise to inform roughly 150 attendees on the critical need for their goods and services in the federal government. In addition, Minority Business Industry Day created a chance for businesses to network with similar businesses and build rewarding professional relationships.
The full-day of programming featured opening remarks from ED Director James E. Campos, a video message from Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, a plenary session, educational seminars, as well as business one-on-one matchmaking sessions with DOE program offices, DOE National Laboratories and DOE small business program managers. Jim Green of the Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU), opened the plenary session with How to do Business with the Department of Energy. Succeeding Green’s informative presentation, Nicola Ohaegbu—Procurement Analyst & Small Business Technical Advisor in OSDBU—focused on How to Competitively Respond to a Sources Sought (SS) or Request for Information (RFI).
“If you talk to the person behind or in front of you today, you may find the missing link to your next contract or business opportunity.”
After Marie Myszlier discussed Small Business Awareness Items to Know about the DOE Laboratories on behalf of Sandia National Laboratories, J. Alex Agyemang—Manager of Small Business Programs and Supplier Partnering at the Savannah River Site—introduced SRNS and You: Partnering for Success. Next, Special Agent Matthew Karstaedt of the Office of Inspector General presented on Fraud Awareness, followed by a lesson on the Procurement Process: How Small Businesses Can Improve Their Proposals presented by Rosetta Rodwell, Contracting Officer in the Office of Procurement Services.
"The success of our small business community is the life blood of our economy. The Minority Business Industry Day is a vital part of ensuring the Department of Energy finds and provides opportunities to small and diverse enterprises. It was a successful event and I am looking forward to next year!"
Following the educational presentations, the program transitioned into business one-on-one matchmaking sessions—which offered counseling and networking opportunities to small business owners. Attendees were able to interact with various DOE program offices, procurement officials, and National Laboratory representatives for face-to-face meetings that were invaluable in forging alliances with the DOE. Participants at the Minority Business Industry Day: One-on-one Matchmaking Sessions included: Small Business Administration (SBA), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Office of Environmental Management (EM), OSDBU, Office of Science (SC), Sandia National Laboratories, Savannah River Site (Savannah River Remediation & Savannah River Nuclear Solutions), and Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).
“The one-on-one matchmaking sessions had excellent subject matter experts. The information provided should help all attendees increase their probability of success in sourcing goods and services to DOE. It was certainly beneficial to us.”
Innovation resulting from small, diverse businesses touches every aspect of our lives. By creating opportunities for minority businesses to contribute to the energy economy, we are able to cultivate inclusive products and solutions that support exploration, development, and infrastructure in the energy sector. As the United States transitions to a more diverse demographic, we want to ensure that small, diverse businesses have the opportunity to be a driving force of economic development in energy.
The completion of Minority Business Industry Day does not mean that the conversation ends. Stay engaged with us on social media by sending your questions, feedback, and photos from the conference to #MBID18 on Facebook and Twitter. Thank you for joining us for Minority Business Industry Day, and we look forward to connecting with you at future events!