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June 30, 2020
Bobby Brown, CEO of Broco Oil is a FT firefighter and manages to build a Veteran-owned small business company of the year in 2019. For all those that think you have to pick between a FT job and growing a business think again. Bobby says that 80 – 100 hour weeks are normal. Not one to run away from hard work that’s all he ever knew. He actually says that he just puts his head down and just works hard. One thing that sets him apart from competitors is he puts his face out in front of the company. You will get him or one of his employees to show up to your location. This story goes in many directions, we take you from Broco Oil servicing hurricanes and disaster relief efforts, summer camps, posting on IG, how he acquired his latest facility and the hidden treasure that came with the purchase.  Starting with an old fuel truck and $25,000 SBA loan him and his wife went to work building Broco Oil. No banks would approve him, so he hustled his way to success. Today the company has more than 35 trucks and 50 employees. He is one of the humblest guests I’ve interviewed this year. Let’s give it up for first responder and Govcon Giant, Bobby Brown.
June 23, 2020
Ronnette Meyers founder of JLAN Solutions story mirrors that of many entrepreneurs who got their first start from their parents. But unlike those who have severed ties, grew apart or could no longer work together, her and her mom hatched out a plan to increase their net worth, build generational wealth and capitalize on a skill set they had acquired over the previous decade. While growing out her mom’s multi-million-dollar firm, JMA Solutions. Mom and daughter got together and said how can we grow bigger, do more, help others in greater numbers. The solution; separate into two different organizations.  Today Ronnette and JLAN is off to the races and has made a name for themselves winning the DC Chamber of Commerce 2020 Women in Business and Washington Business Journal 2020 Minority Business Leader honoree. Today’s episode highlights her upbringing with a single mom, the opportunities afforded to their family via the military, her upbringing in Germany, building her mom’s business, launching JLAN and investing in Hotels, Broadway shows and Condo’s.  
June 17, 2020
In today's episode, we feature our guests, Eli Smith, the son of a Black Panther, following two weeks of racial tension and protest across America. After the death of Mr. George Floyd, I thought this would be the great episode to follow considering that Eli Smith, a black business owner has not only built one successful business, but he's built multiple successful businesses across the country. And he's changing the idea of what people view Black Americans as in terms of their success and in terms of what we can accomplish despite all obstacles, Eli Smith, ESmith, Contractors, SGTR. He is now also in spite of everything, building his own development in Syracuse, New York, where it was formerly a waste site. I hope that you enjoy today's episode. As we transform the minds of people, we share with him the story of how he found his partner and how various programs help change his life and shape who he is. On top of all that we talk about race, because again, this is the time that we're dealing with and the situation at hand. This may be difficult for some people to hear, but it is a candid conversation. And I think that it needs to be heard. Mr. Smith talks about how, when he started his company cleaning out basements in New York, the only people that would work for him were people of color, were felons or people who needed sometimes second, third, and fourth chances. I think we all could use an extra chance. Hope you enjoyed today's episode.
June 9, 2020
Today’s guest, Margot Dorfman is the CEO of the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce (USWCC). A not for profit trade association that she founded back in 2001.  Their focus is economic growth for women and small businesses; access to capital, affordable benefits like healthcare. What makes USWCC different from other organizations as per Margot is that they are sponsored by the interests, aspirations, and needs of our members — not by big corporate sponsors who would moderate our voice or blunt our independent work. This independence powers our ability to always say and do what is right for our members. Women-led. Progress for all. In today’s episode we talk about:  What makes Margot Dorfman tick?  How USWCC has evolved and grown over the years?  What keeps you up late at night pondering?  Do you have any aspirations to become the SBA administrator? ▪Her five simple steps to grow your business? How Best in class is hurting small businesses  When do you feel like the fight will be over, when _______ happens
June 2, 2020
Ms. Sonia Mundra is the President of Chenega Analytic Business Solutions (CABS), a newly 8(a) certified, Alaska Native Corporation (ANC).  As President, Ms. Mundra manages strategic partnerships, business development and company operations.  CABS provides Administrative, Enterprise IT, Training and Intelligence professional services for the federal government.  Ms. Mundra volunteers her time and expertise for various organizations, to include CompTIA, ISACA, PMI, and NCMA.  She was recently recognized by DCA Live as a “Top 40 Federal Entrepreneur” for her efforts and accomplishments in the federal contracting community.  She also received a 2018 Stevie “Women in Business” Award for her contributions to Chenega and the small business community at large.
May 27, 2020
Christoph Mlinarchik, is an attorney, professional instructor, consultant, an expert witness who has provided opinions and reports, research concerning damages, key findings, and case strategy for complex contracts litigation. Today, we discuss when to suggest evaluation factors, federal acquisition institute, lowest price technically acceptable, tradeoff source selection, AF Space Command and his new book, Government Contracts in Plain English.
May 20, 2020
Today’s episode features serial entrepreneur Stephen Halasnik. Over the last 25-years, he has built 7 companies in the $5 to $20 million annual revenue range. His businesses have covered a wide variety of industries; staffing, finance, software and real estate. Today’s interview is a little different. We are bringing you someone who has created a formula for scaling companies to the $10M revenue mark. This is great for us small businesses out there to learn what it takes to build a scalable brand.
May 15, 2020
What emerging industries will accelerate as a result of Covid19?  In this special episode we hear what new ideas are resulting during this Pandemic.     
May 12, 2020
Staci Redmon is Strategy and Management Services (SAMS) Founder and Chief Executive Officer. Her energetic leadership, passion, and vision has propelled SAMS to the transformation and digital solutions provider it is today; helping organizations improve operations and enhance the customer experience by utilizing advanced technology to securely integrate, and fully optimize their systems, data, and devices. During the episode we discuss her Redmon’s rules. Weekly rules and tips on leadership, management, business growth and strategy. How SAMS is helping the healthcare providers' push the digital limits, the gig economy and much much more
May 7, 2020
Nicole Tripodi,  is the founder of FedInform an organization that empowers companies to find and win new business with the federal government. If you are a subscriber to my YouTube channel you might have seen her in one of my most popular YT live sessions.   Nicole Tripodi has coached over 50 small business executives to achieve and surpass their expectations for top line business growth in Government Contracting. Her client firms have won over $300 million in federal contracts.
April 29, 2020
Eric “Doc” Wright, PhD, is a decorated Military Veteran, Founder of Vets2PM, LLC, Co-Founder of the 501(c)3 Veteran Project Management Mentor Alliance. His work has helped thousands of military veterans achieve meaningful, lucrative post-service careers by successfully transitioning between two of the most disparate organizational cultures around: the US Military and Corporate America! In fact, Vets2PM is the 2019 Department of Labor Gold Award Winner for its veteran hiring initiatives!
April 22, 2020
Join the conversation with us to discuss the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) programs both through the $2.3 Trillion dollar CARES Act. For today’s special podcast we bring you three guests to help fuel the conversation. Senen Garcia, SG Law Group, , former SCORE Counselor, chair of SCORE Miami, GG episode 47Orlando Espinosa, Emineo Media, Emerging Leaders teacher, advisor toSBDC, GG episode 13and Althea Harris, SBA office S. FL District.
April 15, 2020
In today’s episode we feature, Delali Dzirasa is the founder and CEO of Fearless, a full stack digital services firm in Baltimore,with a mission to create software with a soul - tools that empower communities and make a difference. We discuss the digital services coalition an organization focused on the long game of changing government through digital transformation. The story behind the Purple Cow and how his company colors are purple based on the book by Seth Godin & building the HUBZone map for the SB
April 7, 2020
Eric Coffie is giving us a 30 Day Challenge.. 5 ideas in which I think that you can make a difference while waiting out the storm of COVID to pass us over. 1. Volunteer  2. Find Solutions  3. Be a Sounding Board  4. Donate to others 5. Entertain Us
April 1, 2020
In today's episode, we are going to switch it up this particular week given the recent events that's been happening lately impacting all of us globally, both the markets and also economically we are in a new era. Something that we've never seen before, a global pandemic that's impacting everyone across the world. It's changing all of our lives, how we do business. Listen and take notes on the top three things: Learn the marketplace Work with other people. Finding a partner you want to work with
March 24, 2020
In today’s interview we go beyond the SBIR/STTR program rules and requirements. We discuss the do’s, don’ts, mistakes and habits of successful SBIR winners. Dr. Grant and I talk about the vast opportunity for small businesses & universities to fund high risk projects and perform important research utilizing these vehicles. During his tenure at NASA Dr. Grant spent many years attempting to recruit minority participation into these programs a storywhich he shares and the formation of the NASA ro
March 17, 2020
Senen Garcia shares some of the pitfalls and cautionary tales that he has experienced in working with them. He reveals the truth about small business failures and talks about the struggles that firms experience during their growth phases not just during the launch as most people suspect. Mr. Garcia is a Certified SCORE Counselor for Miami Chapter. As an experienced attorney based in Miami, he has gained valuable knowledge in corporate law, real estate, property insurance, & estate planning matters.
March 10, 2020
Chris Dambach joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 2007 as an Infantry Scout with the unit in New York. Over the next 40 minutes you are going hear how Chris dealt with physical, mental and leisure health. We discuss work life balance and the tole that it took on his marriage. We also dive into the reason behind changing his companies name which is I think is invaluable to new firms. Chris is high energy and offered up no less than 7 book recommendations.
March 3, 2020
Today we are discussing mindset.In previous editions of the show we feature all of these wonderful people who have built, started, or grown their small businesses into amazing outfits.Today we want to feature someone who is probably is a lot like many of our listeners, afraid, fearful & basically “brain wrestling” every decision action. You might likely be your worst enemy. Listen in to the story or Regis Johnson Govcon student who change his mindset and is now on his way to building his dream business
February 25, 2020
Nichelle L. Early is the President and CEO of BreakForth Solutions, Inc. (BSi). With nearly 20 years of management experience, Ms. Early founded BSi in May 2012. Having received its first large systems integrator client in 2014, within the following two years, BSI more than tripled its six-figure revenue and to date has acquired more than $9.5M in federal and commercial contract awards. Ms. Early was honored as a 2017 Virginia Businesswoman of the Year Finalist and is a Smart CEO Brava Award Recipient.
February 18, 2020
Luis De La Cruz founded his company, Andale construction back in 2006. After years of working his way up the construction food chain. The name comes from while working as a laborer and people would tell him to hurry up saying “An-da-le . In 2012 lands an $80M federal contract with a JV. This is a heartfelt story where Mr. Cruz talks about being a former Marine to founding the company of his dreams. Today he is working on expanding programs and access for those underserved and people from his community.
February 11, 2020
Laurie Sayles owns Civility Management Solutions a professional consulting services firm. She served in the USMC & is an outspoken advocate for Veteran’s on the Hill 3 times. Awarded as MD Women Veteran Entrepreneur, Above & Beyond, 1 of 100 Minority Business, Compassionate Business Leader. CivilityMS participated in 8(a) accelerator program, Goldman Sach’s 10,000. She shares invaluable jewels for business owners looking to find their path as well as where we see contractors falling short.
February 4, 2020
For those who may not know, GSA is America's only source solely dedicated to procuring goods and services for government. In today’s episode we are talking with Region 4 GSA Customer Service Director (CSD) for Space Coast, Shaun Hartman. CSDs provide assistance, resolve problems and answer questions from GSA's customers. CSDs also host seminars on a variety of useful topics, and are a valuable source of information on all of GSA's program
January 28, 2020
Today we are having a conversation with Jonathan Hard who frequently speaks on the topic of Covered Defense Information in compliance with DFARS 252.204.7012 clause. Which is the safeguarding covered defense information and cyber incident reporting. Jonathan is the CEO and President of H2L Solutions, Inc, specializes in Cyber & Information Assurance and provides Cyber Security solutions for government and commercial customers. Jonathan has presented at various regional conferences.
January 22, 2020
Mark Masters of the Cherokee Nation founded his company Chloeta in 2009. Just 10 years later he was placed on the list of fastest growing companies in the U.S., #606, Inc 5000 award winner. Mark is a wildfire firefighter. In today’s interview In this interview you’ll learn about Mark’s journey from firefighter to business owner. Your’e going to hear about his heroism and his resiliency in starting a successful business around a career that he loved.
January 14, 2020
Jon Tellier is the President at JetCo Solutions. In this position, he recruits and leads a growing team of employees who help businesses sell to all levels of government. Jon also leads all capture efforts for JetCo Solutions. JetCo has earned a positive, strong reputation among the Michigan defense industry community, winning contracts valued at over $4 billion. Jon has developed relationships with industry, academia, and government and is viewed as a leader in military, veteran, and business affairs.
January 7, 2020
For my inaugural 2020 episode. I would like to take you back in time. My original idea was to launch a podcast, not a youtube channel. So I reached out & the first person to email me back was Andy Wells III President of Wells Technology. Andy is a member of the Red Lake Ojibwa Tribe where he still maintains his family farm.
December 31, 2019
In this last interview of 2019, our guest Merry Korn from Pearl Interactive Network. Tells us how she went from social worker to an experienced businesswoman in the federal arena. She encourages everyone to dream big and have a vision. Through Merry’s leadership, the company is scaling to 1,100 employees, and registered in 40 states. Pearl gained traction among the world’s largest federal government contractors and positioned the company as an expert comprehensive contact center and telehealth soluti
December 24, 2019
In today's episode, the table's a turn. You're going to hear me being interviewed as a guest on another show with Jay Jones from the BEB podcast. Listen, as he asked me all the tough questions, including how did I get started? How did I make millions of dollars in contracts? Where did I learn all this stuff from? And the most important question, what led me to teaching it on YouTube. For show notes visit: https://govcongiants.com/podcast/
December 17, 2019
Emily Harman has 38 years of service to her country as both a Naval Officer and civilian federal employee. In today’s interview we discuss some of the challenges Emily has faced personally and professionally. We also talk shop about contract bundling, NAVY, breaking down the barriers for small businesses, her new role as a personal life coach as the host of a new show Onward Podcast. I find Emily to be the one of the most open guest to do this show un afraid to tell her truth.
December 10, 2019
Lourdes Martin-Rosa, has been featured in over 790 media publications including FOX News, MSNBC, CNN Money, Washington POST, New York Times, GovWin and Money, Inc. Magazine. In 2012, Lourdes served as a Small Business Programs expert guiding The Whitehouse Small Business Taskforce. From 2009 to 2019, she spearheaded the development of the American Express OPEN for Government Contracting . She also served as WIPP’s National Partner where she promoted advocacy among women-owned small businesses.
December 3, 2019
On today’s episode we are featuring a dynamic speaker, author and serial entrepreneur Dr. Robert L Wallace. We are honored and privilege to have Dr. Wallace come on our show and share his journey of traveling the entrepreneurship path. Today we discussed his latest book, a block chain partnership that was created based on his daughters traveling to Thailand, fear of success, his 4 quadrant model, triad and principles of success For show notes visit: https://govcongiants.com/podcast/2019/12/02/032/
November 26, 2019
We are doing things a little differently. We are featuring 2 guests. Two unique business owners, both women both Veterans that have leveraged the Veterans Administration Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment program to build their businesses. Raffa Gibbard of Brave One Contract Agency & Renona Riddle Brown of Hurmar Solutions. Today we explore each of their stories and how they were able to design their own path to entrepreneurship while VA supported aided them along their journey.
November 19, 2019
Today’s guest Amber Hanlon has been a Govcon Giant for many years advocating on behalf of small businesses as the Small Business Liaison Officer for what was formerly known as Rockwell Collins. In today’s episode we common mistakes that small businesses make when attending seminars and events. Experiences of small firms working with Rockwell Collins, and the process that she uses to bring firms into the fabric of the organization.
November 12, 2019
Pierce, is the mastermind behind GovCon Giants and also our technology resident experts, and what he's going to discuss in today's episode is ways in which you can take an innovation, a technology, a product, and or new service, a way that you can help improve our government systems and how they are seeking out people like herself. Today with Pierce we discuss broad agency announcement, crowd sourcing innovation, or the transaction authorities, and of course the SBIR, NSTTR programs.
November 5, 2019
Today’s guest, Angela Terry is the SBA Subcontracting Program Manager. Many of you have probably heard of the SBA SubNet platform it is the SBA Subcontracting Network System for all federal government subcontracting opportunities. In today’s episode with Angela we discuss Electronic Subcontract Reporting, SBA Subnet and new changes to the program and website that will allow for more compliance amongst prime contractors. Which ultimately should create more opportunities out there for small businesses.
October 29, 2019
Today’s guest has been assisting small businesses navigate the US government marketplace for nearly 2 decades.  JSchaus & Associates provides support, marketing, business development services for US federal government contractors. She has nearly 250 videos on YT and has been featured or presented on WSJ, Forbes/CNN, Success, Entrepreneur, FOX News, Washington Post and Government Product News. Today we discuss GSA, her experience helping private sector companies & her strategies for winning contrac
October 22, 2019
David Rambhajan is the sole owner and President of Industria Construction Services. In this interview we discuss the way in which he approached utilizing socio economic programs. Instead of trying to do things on his own he leveraged relationships & partnerships. David really took JV and Teaming to new heights maximizing the 8a program’s potential leap frogging the competition. Hear his influences & experiences that shaped his thinking leading to the creation of a long-standing successful firm.
October 15, 2019
Today’s Giant is Alexander Hassan. He serves as the Acting Director of the Acquisition Services Divisionat Defense Acquisition University. This is a mandated certification courses required for everyone in acquisition at the federal level. In 2014, he relocated to the DC metro area and supported the program office for the F-35 engine procurements for Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) with contract awards, which were individually valued over $2 Billion.
October 8, 2019
Dr Krystal Nerio did not even want to start a business. After serving our Nation she returned to the US & helped oversee the Air Force mentor protege program. Then her last employer successfully graduated from 8a & encouraged her to take the leap of faith and start her own business. She started Prosperitus Solutions a medical logistics staffing company. They have 35 years experience in business & contract management, business development and leadership.
October 1, 2019
Our guest is Maria Martinez. A lot of you know her as backengine of Scorecontracts & GovconGiants.She recently landed a consulting client & I thought it be great to share experience of what she went through, how she did it, what was in her mind. Dont forget she was just a teacher. Today she has nearly $200,000 in projects with the 2 clients. We could not be more proud of superstar Maria for making the commitment to doing what it takes to succeed. Keep you posted as she aims for the $1 million dollar mark.
September 24, 2019
Corliss Udoema aka Mama U as many people call her holds a special place in my heart. She is witty but the joke stops at the door of outside her office b/c when it comes to business she is as tough as they get. Her motto, “deliver excellence” . She is the Inc 5000 winner for the last 3 years, 2019 USDA SB Contractor of the year, 2017 VA State SB Person and has received 2 congressional awards. But more than her accolades she is a mother, grandmother, great grandmother, business owner and community
September 17, 2019
Today we are bringing you a another woman “Giant” that is kicking butt and taking names. Patricia Bonilla, President of Lunacon Construciton Group. She founded Lunacon in 2007, now has 5 office locations & serves more than 300 customers worldwide. She is tremendously special for what she has accomplished and continues by giving back to her community & serves their clients with a commitment to excellence. Today, she discusses walking away from her job & the role of faith in her life and business.
September 10, 2019
Elliott Branch is truly a once in a lifetime individual who is absolutely brilliant. He was the Director of Contracts for Naval Sea Systems command, which is the largest single buying activity in govt. We were lucky to catch him 6 weeks out of retirement. Today, we discuss 4 critical “to¬-do’s” for small businesses. 1.Special emphasis programs vs socio economic programs. 2.How the govt buys inputs 3. Ross Perot firm EDS 4. Democratization of work and the acronym Noggis. www.govcongiants.com/po
September 2, 2019
One of the interesting things about Social Media is how far your voice travels “Buongiorno Eric” the email reads. Vicky Mangano reached out to me back in 2018 all the from Italy. She was a consultant helping companies do business with the U.S. Government and has been quite successful. We discussed how to do business internationally as a foreign entity. She tells us about the international bid sites that are available and most importantly how American Firms can participate in working internationally
August 27, 2019
Today's guest is Charles Jones, It was during those difficult times that he formed his company C&S Jones group to start assisting with cleaning up all the abandoned properties. Today his business looks very different and he is responsible for managing Military commissaries throughout 4 states. In today's episode you will learn how do you continue to meet your HUBZone requirements while growing your business. How did Mr. Jones first learn about writing proposals? https://govcongiants.com/podcast/
August 20, 2019
Alex Hernandez founded Hernandez Consulting & Construction in 2005. His company is a project management firm and general contractor specializing in design, construction, design-build and real estate development. He began his career as a Captain in the U.S. Marine, with his leadership the firm has grown exponentially and now operates in a large portion of the US. He has been on the INC 500/5000. Alex was named Louisiana’s2017 Small Business Person of the Year.  https://govcongiants.com/podcast/
August 12, 2019
Ms. Janetta Brewer, is the  owner of Blue Alchemy Consulting. She has an extensive federal contracting background, which includes the Office of Secretary of Defense, US Navy, DLA & US Army Corps of Engineers In today's episode, we discuss how heavily the government relies on industry to help with the process of implementing change to both the FAR and DFARs considering the impact from small businesses. We also discuss merges and acquisitions, False Claims Act, program office versus small business office.
August 6, 2019
Dee Kivett is the CEO/President of NextGen Supply Chain Integrators. NextGen specializes in helping companies seeking certification to ISO 900 and 1345, AS 9100 and 9120, TS 16949 standards, as well as the rigorous requirements of Boeing. She is an adjunct professor at Clemson University specializing in design and manufacturing project management for the automotive industry. In today's interview we discuss how a small firm can become certified to provide mission critical parts to the Department of Defense.
July 30, 2019
Beverly Kuykendall, President of Government Business, leads AMD’s expansion into key areas aligned with the firm’s long-term strategic goals. She has a background in relationship development and government contracting, and brings a facilitative approach to understanding and proposing solutions to difficult economic issues. In March 2016, AMD was awarded a $1.2 billion government contract for the provision of medical supplies to more than 60 VA Medical Centers from Florida to Maine.
July 23, 2019
Orlando Espinosa is the recipient of the US SBA South Florida District and State of Florida Small Business Advocate of the year for 2016 & 2018. In this episode, we talk in depth about the SBA Emerging Leaders program. Orlando is the co-founder of Emineo Media, an organization that designs, develops and implements business and outreach curriculums for government agencies, municipalities and organizations to market their brand by educating and training businesses. https://govcongiants.com/podcast/
July 16, 2019
Today's guest was gracious enough to take time out of his busy schedule as the newly-appointed SBA Regional Administrator, to talk with us. Ashley D. Bell was appointed Feb. 2018, by the White House, to serve as regional administrator for the US SBA, Region IV, serving 9 district locations and 8 southeastern states. In today's interview, we discuss the decline of the 8a program, the new measures him and his team are putting together to curb that decline. For Show Notes:  www.govcongiants.com/podcast/
July 9, 2019
Donnie Harris, former senior contracting officer with an unlimited warrant, meaning he could sign off at any size contract. Over the course of his 20 years in government he managed complex and high-profile procurements totaling over $3 billion, that's billion with a B, from the acquisition phase to the pre-award for 3 DC agencies. He shares some truths about how the government works from the inside. These are things that are rarely heard outside of the government workplace. www.govcongiants.com/podcast
July 2, 2019
Dr. Karen Vieira owns The Med Writers, is an author and speaker. The Med Writers formed in 2011, writes content for medical and scientific clients in the fields of pharmaceutical, healthcare, supplement, and biotech. Her doctorate is in biomedical sciences, with a Masters in Management. She was awarded the Small Business Administration Miami's Women-Owned Small Business Person of the Year. In this episode, we talk about, self-doubt, lessons learned, and what it takes to write proposals for other people.
June 24, 2019
With more than 18 million veterans in the US, either you or someone you know will be able to benefit from the information we share in this episode. Darcella Craven is the Chief Fear Conqueror and President of the Veteran Resource Business Center, the nonprofit economic development agency assessing challenges and developing solutions to grow successful veteran-owned businesses and also their immediate family members. For show notes visit: www.govcongiants.com/podcast
June 18, 2019
Michelle Burnett was appointed, Executive Director for the HUBZone Contractors National Council, a member-based non-profit organization established to advocate, educate and promote the HUBZone Program. Her knowledge of the HUBZone Program and expertise on government contracting stems from 10 years supporting the HUBZone community both. This episode is filled with many great topics, advice, ideas, strategies and laughter. For show notes: www.govcongiants.com/podcast
June 11, 2019
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. For show notes visit www.govcongiants.com/podcast
June 3, 2019
Matthew Schoonover is a partner at Koprince Law LLC, a boutique law firm in Lawrence, Kansas, that works exclusively with federal government contractors. 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. www.govcongiants.com/podcast
May 28, 2019
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. SBA. 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.  She has successfully led complex design and construction projects around the world.
May 27, 2019
Jennifer Namvar is a Capture Director for Leidos with 16 yrs of experience in all phases of the federal govt business development life cycle. Her previous 4 employers are all consistently on the DOD Top 100 list. She built her reputation in the industry by bidding & winning large opportunities within the Defense and Federal Civilian agencies with a focus on emerging & next gen tech & solutions. Today we discussed how she got her start, the role of a capture manager, how they integrate.
May 20, 2019
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
Robert Wink is the CEO of Integrity Lion Acquisitions. He 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 Contract Specialist with the US Army Corps of Engineers.  Robert has written two books “Small Business Starter Guide to Federal Government Contracts & Searching for Solicitations” and  “Secrets to Noncompetitive Government Contracts”
May 20, 2019
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. Show notes visit govcongiants.com/podcast
May 10, 2019
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.
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