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Tommy Marks3 Come join us at

The Benning Club

Fort Benning, Georgia

Wednesday • January 24, 2018

The event is free and features an outstanding Lecture Series with a focus on contracting with state and federal government departments and agencies.

Take a class on veteran issues, new technology and best practice seminars, such as compliance issues and the value of a "commitment to fund" letter. 

Tour the spacious tradeshow floor packed with exhibitors from all across the country to bring you ExpoBenning 2018!





2018 Presenters

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U.S. Army Mission & Installation Contracting Command
Director - MICC Fort Benning
"The Mission and Installation Contracting Command-Fort Benning contracting office provides effective and efficient contracting support to customers that produce the best value to the mission, service members and their families, and the installation community"
 Mission and Installation Contracting Command - Fort Benning provides the Maneuver Center of Excellence, Installation Management Command installations and activities with disciplined and responsive contracting solutions and oversight. On order, provides trained and deployable contingency contracting officers to the operating force. We do the right thing every day to provide the best contracting solution, and we are known as the Army's premier contracting organization.



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Nancy Small

U.S. Army Materiel Command

Director: AMC OSBP

Ms. Nancy D. Small was appointed the Director of AMC Small Business Office Aug 2007.

Ms. Small serves as the principal advisor to the Commanding General, Deputy Commanding General, staff heads, and subordinate activities, on all matters related to the overall small businesses program. In this capacity, she serves as the senior AMC advisor to the Department of Defense and Department of the Army (Director Small Business) on small business issues and provides oversight of AMC’s $13B program.

The Army actively does business with industry partners through the Army Materiel Command, or AMC, procuring one out of every six federal contract dollars. AMC executes two-thirds of the Army's contracting budget through its Army Contracting Command, or ACC. The largest percentages of contracting dollars go to weapon systems and knowledge-based services.

As one of AMC's nine major subordinate commands, ACC has about 6,000 contracting professionals across the world who conducted more than 170,000 contracting actions last fiscal year.



Andrea Armstrong

Andrea Armstrong

U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command

Director: CECOM OSBP

"With the newly consolidated OSBP-APG, my vision for the office is to strategically create a premier team of small business professionals that are not only accessible -- which we are very good at, but output and efforts are specific. They are doable, quantifiable and include measurable targets that are relevant to Army readiness and meet the short and long term mission of the warfighter. I want to grow a sustainable, forward thinking, high performing team that can take the small business mission well in to the future."

CECOM ensures the global readiness of complex, networked Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems and capabilities that provide our forces with advanced information and technology needed to communicate on today's battlefield. CECOM's 16,000 military and civilian team members provide systems engineering support, training expertise, network and cyber defense capability development, field service support, supply chain management and depot manufacturing and sustainment operations to ensure our expeditionary Army and Joint Force remains ready to operate, fight and win anywhere and at any moment.

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U.S. Department of Commerce
Senior Procurement Team Lead

MBDA,www.mbda.gov, is the only Federal agency dedicated to the growth and global competitiveness of U.S. minority-owned businesses. Our programs and services better equip minority-owned firms to create jobs, build scale and capacity, increase revenues and expand regionally, nationally and internationally. Services are provided through a network of MBDA Business Centers. After 47 years of service, MBDA continues to be a dedicated strategic partner to all U.S. minority-owned businesses, committed to providing programs and services that build size, scale and capacity through access to capital, contracts and markets.



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Anthony Daniels 

Alabama State House of Representatives

House Minority Leader

Anthony Daniels was supposed to be an athlete. And then a physical therapist. And then a teacher. But instead, he’s making Alabama history as the state’s first African American House minority leader, and also as the youngest House minority leader in Alabama history.

Daniels, a Democrat, credits “perfect timing” in part to his elevation in the state house, but the 34-year-old has a rich history of turning trials in his life to accomplishments. At 6-foot-3 in the seventh grade, Daniels naturally became a high school basketball star, playing alongside a young Amar’e Stoudemire, who went on to play in the NBA. And when an ACL injury sent him to a physical therapist, Daniels decided after just one day that he could come up with a better regime to get him back on his feet — literally. Thus began his dream of becoming of a physical therapist.

His mission in the state House — and as its minority leader — is certainly indicative that reputation would be accurate. Instead of championing legislation on particularly divisive issues, Daniels said his goal is to better people and his state with what he calls his “common sense politics.” “What I do in the legislature, I touch and talk to every member that is present every week, check on members of their families,” Daniels said. “I’m honest with them.”

Daniels, named the 2015 “Legislator of the Year,”  continued:  "And my motto has always been identifying areas of common ground, that people help themselves and promote the betterment of all human beings, rich or poor, but most importantly what helps Alabama and moves Alabama forward. That’s what I’ve always been about. I don’t waste my time on silly pieces of legislation that does not create any jobs but is divisive; I don’t waste my time on those pieces of legislation. Issues like marriage equality and other issues have already been settled at the federal level so the only way that those issues will be brought up is if somebody is trying to play politics, and I call them out if they do."



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DLA Distribution - Fort Benning

DLA Distribution is the leading provider of global distribution support to America's military and other federal agencies, and it comprises more than 10,000 military and civilian employees. Located in eight countries and 20 states and territories, it delivers best-value supply chain solutions, including receiving, storing and issuing supplies to increase warfighter readiness. DLA Distribution's tailored logistics support packages allow flexibility and cost-effective options aimed at exceeding performance standards while maintaining audit readiness.

GSA logo copyGeneral Services Administration (GSA)
GSA provides the best value for government and the American people.

GSA has been delivering the best value in real estate, acquisition and technology services, to the federal government and American people for more than 67 years. By using the purchasing power of the federal government, we will drive down prices, deliver better value, and reduce costs to our customer agencies. As a result, these agencies can focus their resources and attention on their core missions.


We will also step up our efforts to save agencies money by creating 10 new ways that the entire government can purchase resources smarter and more efficiently. In addition, we are looking to maximize the value of our real estate assets and reduce our federal footprint. At the same time, we are looking to help our partner agencies find the space and services they need to serve the American people.  GSA will ensure that doing business with us is as easy and reliable as possible by simplifying and streamlining our processes and systems.

We are dedicated to providing an excellent customer experience for our partner agencies and vendors. GSA will create a culture of continuous improvement by always searching for better ways to meet our customers’ needs and expectations.


200px-SBA SealU.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
Terri Denison:District Director

Since its founding on July 30, 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses.




SBA provides assistances primarily through: Access to Capital (Business Financing). SBA provides small businesses with an array of financing for small businesses from the smallest needs in microlending - to substantial debt and equity investment capital (venture capital).

SBA provides assistances primarily through: Entrepreneurial Development (Education, Information, Technical Assistance & Training). SBA provides free individual face-to-face, and internet counseling for small businesses, and low-cost training to nascent entrepreneurs and established small businesses in over 1,800 locations throughout the United States and US territories.




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“Doing Business with GDoT”
Carol Phelps: Project Manager

Georgia DOT has implemented aSmall Business Program (SBP)to increase opportunities for all small companies doing business with our agency.

SBP promotes these opportunities though the Department’s procurement of materials, professional and technical services,as well as transportation consultant and construction contracts.

The goal of the SBP is to facilitate procurement and contract opportunities of a size and scope that can reasonably be performed by competing Small Businesses,
including Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) as prime and subcontractors. A SBP participant must fall within the definition of a Small Business as defined
by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), either in terms of the average number ofemployees over the past 12 months, or average annual receipts over
the past three years.Review info to find out if your business meets the SBA definition.



SBDC Georgia logoGeorgia Small Business Development Center
Mark Lupo:Area Director

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides tools, training and resources to help small businesses grow and succeed.

Designated as one of Georgia’s top providers of small business assistance, the SBDC has 17 offices ranging from Rome to Valdosta to serve the needs of Georgia’s business community.

Since 1976, our network of partners has helped construct a statewide ecosystem to foster the spirit, support, and success of hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs and innovators.


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“Doing Business with the State of Georgia”
Julian Andrea Bailey:Program Manager


The State Purchasing Division (SPD) oversees the procurement functions for the State of Georgia and manages all policies related to procurement. SPD negotiates Statewide Contracts and provides technical assistance to State Entities in conducting and evaluating entity-specific competitive bids.We also provide electronic sourcing tools that allow procurement professionals to post and award their own competitive bids.

SPD manages and monitors use of State purchasing cards, procurement tools that allow State employees to obtain goods and services quickly and efficiently. SPD also offers training, including a certification program, to provide procurement professionals with the knowledge and skills they need to perform their job duties within the legal and policy constraints of the State of Georgia.


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Procurement Technical Assistance Center
Alabama SBDC

Jerry D. Ellison:Program Manager

Contracting Assistance in Alabama

TheAlabama SBDC Network provides government procurement and contracting assistance through a group of specialty business advisors located at six locations in Alabama.  The Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) primarily works with small businesses, but does work with larger businesses that need assistance fulfilling their small business award obligations.

Assistance of a specialized and professional nature provided to a business firm to enable it to identify potential contractual opportunities with DOD, other federal agencies, State and/or local governments, and government prime contractors, or to obtain or perform under contracts with these entities. This specialized assistance may consist of, but is not limited to, locating potential marketing opportunities for our clients’ products and/or services, educating and/or familiarizing firms and clients in the area of electronic commerce, assisting in the preparation of registrations, proposals and financial and contractual forms, and providing guidance in relation to quality assurance and production as it relates to government-specific requirements or specifications.”


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Veterans Health Administration
Janice Ellison:Small Business Procurement Specialist Network Contracting NCO 7

Janice Ellison 2Janice Ellison is the Small Business Specialist for the Department of Veteran Affairs, VISN 7 Network Contracting. NCO 7 includes the state of Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. Janice has Twenty years of federal services, consisting of Nine years with Department of Army.  She began her career in Hanau Germany as a Supply Technician and from Hanau she worked as the Lead Fee Basis Clerk for Central Alabama Veteran Health Care System. After leaving Alabama, Janice worked in VISN 17 Temple VA Medical Center as Lead Fee Basis Clerk until 2006 where she began working for Carl R Darnall; Army Medical Center, in Fort Hood Texas, as a Contracting Officer Representative (COR) for Great Plain Regional Contracting office. In 2008, Janice became a Contract Specialist for Department of the Army, Mission Installation Contracting Command in Fort Hood, Texas. In 2010, Janice returned to Central Alabama Veteran Healthcare System in the position of Medical Sharing Contract Specialist for VISN 7 Network Contracting. Janice has her Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting Level III and a Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act Level II certification in Contracting. She became the Acting Small Business Specialist for the Department of Veteran Affairs NCO 7 as of June 9, 2014 and was permanently appointed on September 6, 2014 by the Office of Small Disadvantage Business Utilization and Service Area East (SAO). She is an Advocate for Small Business with a vast amount of knowledge in government contracting and strategic partnerships. Janice has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a Master’s of Art’s in Organizational Management and Specialization in Health Care Administration.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has contracting and procurement activities within its nationwide network of hospitals, clinics, regional offices, Veterans benefits, Veterans Integrated Service Networks, data processing centers, and national cemeteries that require a broad spectrum of products and services.

VA purchases a variety of its supply products and services from national, regional, and local sources.

Subcontracting • Corporate Partnerships • Veteran Franchising Opportunities



United Capital

United Capital

Helping Businesses Get Working Capital

Working capital is essential for a growing business but sometimes it can be a juggling act, particularly when you are first starting out                                                or especially when you are experiencing a growth spurt. Growth can be tricky!   

You need capital to help you grow and it can take weeks or even months for clients to pay their B2B invoices, stifling your progress                                             and often your ability to fill subsequent orders for them. United Capital Funding can help you in a number of ways so that you can simply do what you do best — serve your clients.  

How? Some of the ways we serve our clients include: providing funding using your B2B Accounts Receivables as collateral, payroll funding and professional consulting services                                             that help you leverage our expertise. When it comes to working capital and funding, the United Capital Funding team is experts and we are known for helping companies hit the                                              next level in their quest for success.


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Jonathan Monroe: Director Government Relations

CDCorpThe coordinators of this conference are pleased to include this outstanding company
as presenters and panelist and to serve all of the conference attendees with
invaluable resources from compliance issues to RFP writing.



CPSR Compliance Audit Reviews
         • This process evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness with which a contractor spends Government funds,
           and complies with Government policy when subcontracting.
      Procurement Cost Reduction
        • Every company has overhead for the products/services that it uses on a daily basis. Procurement cost reduction services
          reduces the cost of these items while maintaining the same level of product or better, thus effectively increasing the company’s
          profit on the backend while still maintaining efficiency.
     Procurement Fraud Protection
        • This service makes sure while procurement services are being utilized, audits will be provided for those services to make sure
           the numbers and values are accurate to what is being spent and what services are paid for correctly.
     Affirmative Action Planning for Federal Contractors
        • As a federal contractor, it’s very important to have this plan in effect to maintain compliance with winning contracts. Not following this
         could lead to debarment from winning a government bid up to 3 years.
      Professional RFP, RFI, and RFQ writing services for Contractors
        • Some companies may not have the time to fill out for opportunities that they may be interested in that are government related, so we have
          the ability to offer a service that will have a response written on the company’s behalf.


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