In Photos: DoD 2016 Small Business/SBIR Training Week
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 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.
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 fpds.gov 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.
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