In Photos: DoD 2016 Small Business/SBIR Training Week

Mr. Kenyata Wesley, Acting Director of DoD’s Office of Small Business Programs, discusses accomplishments, challenges and opportunities at SBTW16.

More than 500 government employees from 26 agencies attended the Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) Small Business/SBIR Training Week (SBTW16) May 9 - 13, 2016, at the Sheraton Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia.

SBTW16 featured 74 speakers, 11 general sessions, nine plenary sessions, 27 breakout sessions and a bootcamp designed for novice Small Business Professionals (SBPs). Four days of learning and networking were capped off by the Vanguard Awards Ceremony, a celebration of outstanding achievements by members of the SBP community.

SBP Bootcamp

SBP Bootcamp kicked off SBTW16. Dr. Donna Peebles, Army National Guard Bureau OSBP Associate Director, and Ms. Sherry Freeman, Defense Acquisition University Small Business Professor, organized the bootcamp with support from Mr. Ed Beussink, Air Mobility Command OSBP Director; Ms. Faye Esaias, SPAWAR OSBP Director; and Mr. Peter Hunter, Army Medical Command OSBP Associate Director.

Ms. Sherry Freeman, Small Business Professor, Defense Acquisition University
Mr. Ed Beussink, OSBP Director, Air Mobility Command

Advice for Rookie SBPs

  • “Do your homework,” Mr. Beussink said. “Market research will set you free.”
  • “Every acquisition should have a market research strategy,” Ms. Freeman said. “It’s all about the data. People can have preferences. You need to present the facts.”
  • “Always arm yourself with enough information and data to combat the naysayers.” DoD OSBP Acting Director Kenyata Wesley said.
  • “Generate a ‘Small Business Achievements by Awarding Organization’ report in on a regular basis,” Mr. Hunter said.
  • “Practice the three ‘Ps’: patience, persistence and performance,” Missile Defense Agency Small Business Director Lee Rosenberg said. “Don’t expect to win Rome overnight.”


Speakers shared valuable insights about policy changes, subcontracting plan requirements, SBIR commercialization readiness programs, the new SPB career field and other topics.

Mr. Sean Crean, Director, Office of Government Contracting, SBA
Ms. Tatia Evelyn-Bellamy, Director, Small Business Programs, Defense Contract Management Agency
Mr. Leo Sanchez, Deputy Director, WOSB Program, Office of Government Contracting, SBA
Mr. John Shoraka, Associate Administrator, Government Contracting & Business Development, SBA
Mr. G. Brian Davidson, Program Analyst, Defense Procurement & Acquisition Policy, OUSD
Mr. Cassius Butts, Regional Administrator, Region IV, SBA

General Sessions

SBTW16 attendees learn about the SBA’s 8(a) program.
SBTW16 attendees listen to the SBIR/STTR 101 panel.
Mr. Wesley
Ms. Jackie Robinson-Burnette, Associate Administrator, Office of Business Development, Small Business Administration
Ms. Alice Williams, Associate Director of Workforce Initiatives, Socioeconomic Programs & RIF, DoD OSBP
Mr. Jim Sweeney, PM, Air Force Commercialization Readiness Program and Ms. Jangela Shumskas, Executive Director, Velociter
Mr. Stanley Jones Jr., Director, Office of Management & Technical Assistance, SBA
Ms. Amy Sajda, Director, OSBP, Defense Logistics Agency

Plenary Sessions

The SBA’s “Price Evaluation Preference HUBZone Program Guide for Contracting Officers” is here.

Breakout Sessions

Mr. Dan Cundiff, Deputy Director of Comparative Technology, OASD for Research & Engineering
Ms. Freeman
Ms. Freeman; Ms. Sharon Jones, Director, OSBP, DISA; and Mr. Thomas Aylward, Assistant Director, East Group Small Business Center, DCMA


SBTW16 attendees networked in the hallways.

Who did you meet at SBTW16?

SBTW16 attendees enjoyed meeting speakers and other attendees between sessions.
SBTW16 attendees confer before a general session.

What did you learn at SBTW16?


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