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008: Michelle Burnett – The Passionate & Driven Executive Director behind the HUBZone Contractors National Council
In 2018, Ms. Burnett was appointed the Executive Director for the HUBZone Contractors National Council, a member-based non-profit organization established to advocate, educate and promote the HUBZone Program. Ms. Burnett’s knowledge of the HUBZone Program and expertise on government contracting stems from 10 years supporting the HUBZone small business community both as a contractor for SBA and small business consultant. In 2013, Ms. Burnett was recruited by the council as a subject matter expert and she has remained actively involved since.
This episode is filled with many great topics, advice, ideas, strategies and laughter.
For show notes visit: www.govcongiants.com/podcast
|Jun 18, 2019|
007: LTC Gabriel Ruiz –Army Veteran, System Integrator, Mentor and SBA Award Winner
In this episode, LTC Gabriel Ruiz (Ret) brings us an incredible story of success through hard work, perseverance, learning and giving back.
LTC Gabriel Ruiz is President and CEO of Advanced IT Concepts, Inc. (AITC), was recently awarded the 2017 North Florida Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Ruiz was also recognized as the 2016 North Florida District Minority-Owned Small Business Person of the Year.
Gabriel Ruiz was born in Puerto Rico, he served in the U.S. Army for 26 years as a Communications and Technology Acquisition Officer. In 2006 he proudly retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. This is when he then launched his business with the guidance of his mentor.
Since 2013 AITC has delivered $70M+ programs. The company is a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) and currently 8a certified.
After this powerful episode I promise you will walk away with lots of ideas, advice and guidance to become your own success story.
For show notes please visit www.govcongiants.com/podcast
|Jun 11, 2019|
006: Matthew Schoonover – Joint Venture and Mentor Protégé Guru
Matthew Schoonover is a partner at Koprince Law LLC, a boutique law firm in Lawrence, Kansas, that works exclusively with federal government contractors. As part of his practice, Matt counsels contractors on the unique issues they face working for the federal government from compliance with the FAR and the SBA’s regulations, to representing clients in bid protests and claims.
Matt is a frequent contributor to SmallGovCon.com, and has been interviewed by Law 360, Bloomberg, and Westlaw Journal, among others.
In today’s episode Matt breaks down the Mentor Protégé Program and Joint Ventures. He presents us with valuable advice, guidance and tips about the programs.
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|Jun 03, 2019|
005: Angela O’Byrne - Award Winning and Internationally Known Architect
Angela is President of Perez APC, an international design-build-develop firm. She was named New Orleans 2016 Small Business Person of the Year and first runner up for National Small Business Person of the Year, by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
She is a passionate advocate for women in architecture and construction, and works with professional and non-profit organizations dedicated to the advancement of women in the industry.
Angela is a licensed architect in 15 states, a licensed general contractor in 2 states, a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and a LEED Accredited Professional. She has successfully led complex design and construction projects around the world, including a $500 Million USAID contract in Afghanistan—the largest infrastructure construction contract awarded to a women-owned business to date by the USAID-Afghanistan Mission.
|May 28, 2019|
#004: Jennifer Namvar - The Billion Dollar Capture Manager
Jennifer Namvar is a Capture Director for Leidos with 16 years of experience in all phases of the federal government business development life cycle. Her previous 4 employers are all consistently on the DOD Top 100 list.
Jennifer built her reputation in the GovCon industry by bidding and winning large, strategic opportunities within the Defense and Federal Civilian agencies with a focus on emerging and next generation technologies and solutions.
In this episode we discuss how she got her start, was is the role of a capture manager, how they integrate small businesses into the process.
She offers up simple practical solutions that small businesses can implement immediately to increase their winning % of contracts.
Including resources for assistance in proposal writing.
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|May 27, 2019|
#003: Linda Rawson Country Girl Turned CEO Technology Entrepreneur
Linda Rawson is a technology entrepreneur, author, inventor, and C-level executive. Since 2006, she has owned and operated DynaGrace Enterprises, a Women-Owned Small Business in rural Morgan, Utah. She started as a software engineer in the eighties when it was not typical for a woman in Utah.
She has received several awards for Davis/Morgan business of the year and wrote a very vulnerable book about grief. Her background as a software engineer, combined with her corporate executive experience, merges the technical with the business world. She has exceeded expectations and never let various challenges and obstacles associated with being a woman impede upon her path to success
In this episode we discuss her adventure navigating the 8a program. How she experienced success after finding a mentor/partner who showed her the ropes. Life after 8a and her latest invention; a weather station called the WeatherEgg. She educates children about weather science through her coloring book and finds balance in life by traveling and participating in outdoor activities. She is pivoting her company into air quality.
|May 20, 2019|
#002: Contract Specialist with USACE former FEMA Contracting Officer - Robert Wink
Robert Wink is the CEO of Integrity Lion Acquisitions. Robert comes with a vast experience working from within government. He retired from the US Army with multiple deployments to Iraq, was Contracting Officer with FEMA and is currently a Contact Specialist with the US Army Corps of Engineers.
Robert is also written two books “Small Business Starter Guide to Federal Government Contracts & Searching for Solicitations” and “Secrets to Noncompetitive Government Contracts”
He opens up about his experiences working with FEMA after a large natural disaster and how the rules are not the same as many of the federal agencies.
|May 20, 2019|
#001: Narjis Ali launched a NASA award winning IT security company
Narjis B. Ali is the President and CEO of Sure Secure Solutions, an 8a Woman Owned Information Technology (IT) Security company founded in 2004. The companies core capabilities include Cloud Computing, Cyber Security, Content Management and Information Management.
She has received numerous awards dating back to 2012 and most recently the prestigious 2016 US Small Business Administration and NASA Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year award 2016 and 2017.
For show notes visit govcongiants.com/podcast
|May 20, 2019|
#000: What is the Govcon Giants Podcast about?
After the real estate market crashed in 2007 Mr. Coffie launched a successful consulting company helping small business owners earn millions in revenues via federal small business programs. In 2012 he launched Evankoff Construction, a steel erection company building airplane hangars and metal buildings for government agencies around the country. In 2017 Mr. Coffie launched Scorecontracts @ YouTube a channel to help other small businesses achieve their revenue goals using the power of federal contracts.
The podcast Govcon Giants is dedicated to showcasing the scalability of growing a business harnessing the power of federal dollars. The marketplace is wide open for all that want to gain a piece.
Meet some of the world’s greatest masterminds behind the trillion-dollar behemoth.
We interview small firms, large firms, past and current contract officials, government agencies and their representatives all in the name of helping the small business get a leg up in the industry.
If you want to participate in this market then you are in the right place.
For show notes visit govcongiants.com/podcast
|May 10, 2019|