The Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) attended the National 8(a) Small Business Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, on February 11-13, 2020. This event provided education, guidance, and networking opportunities for socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses under the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 8(a) Business Development Program. SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza delivered a powerful keynote address, noting that small businesses create two-thirds of all new jobs in the United States.
The numbers are all heading in the right direction…DOE is utilizing small businesses to achieve its missions more than ever before and continues to make more progress each year in socio-economic small business performance.
DOE OSDBU Director Charlie Smith spoke on the OSDBU Directors Panel, providing an overview to the Office, best practices on doing business with the DOE, and the Agency’s small business achievement. Director Smith also fielded a wide range of questions to help small businesses navigate the Department’s complex procurement environment and take the first steps towards success.
Other federal agency leadership on the panel included Mauricio Vera (Agency for International Development), Glenn Delgado (NASA), Donna Ragucci (Department of the Treasury), and Chanel Bankston-Carter (Department of Veterans Affairs), among 10 OSDBU Directors. The panel was moderated by Ron Perry, President of the National 8(a) Association.
Please join the OSDBU for our next event, the 19th Annual Small Business Forum and Expo from May 5-7, 2020, in Charleston, South Carolina.