The KoBE Government Contracting Alliance (KOBE) and U.S. International Development Center (USIDC) co-hosted its 3rd Quarterly Business Seminar and Networking on Tuesday September 18 at the KoBE/USDIC’s new headquarter office with their strategic partner, Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (National ACE).
The Seminar, “Federal Contracting Advocacy for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Businesses” invited a federal government specialist, prominent prime contractor, and up to 70 attendees from the public and private sectors. Many of attendees run their own small enterprise looking for opportunities with local, state, and federal governments as a minority business owner or entrepreneur.
The Seminar’s highlight was the panel discussion by: Mr. Ron Uba, Team Lead Access to Procurement / National Business Development Specialist at U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency(MBDA); and Ms. Tracy Balazs, President & CEO of Federal Staffing Resources LLC (FSR for People), who was recognized as one of “Top 100 Minority Business Enterprises” by MBDA Business Center, Minority Supplier Development Council, and MBDA Federal Procurement Center. The FSR’s focus has been supporting military healthcare facilities providing care to the military service members and their families and veterans. Ms. Balazs was also a featured speaker at numerous forums including the 2015 Congressional Hearing on Small Business.
Mr. Uba’s ederal Government Agency service has spanned 26 years. With the primary focus on cultivating relationships and leveraging new contact leads, as Senior Business Development Specialist, Mr. Uba has built teams, innovative deal flow and forged closing deals with tied-in strategic stakeholders. Along with assigned colleagues and the staff for the 40 plus funded MBDA centers, MBDA has sought to cultivate and build sustainable opportunities with scaled Minority-Owned Business Enterprise clients. As the panel moderator, he asked insightful questions which the audience also had.
Ms. Balazs shared significantly practical tips for small businesses which want to be part of the world of U.S. federal procurement and contracting. She also emphasized the importance of strategic networking, team work and effective procedures and task assignment to successfully start and complete federal contracting businesses and to win bids. She also shared her valuable experiences as a Mentor for the 8(a) Mentor-Protégé program for the Small Business Administration, which she and her company helped many of other small businesses new to government contracting.
(KoBE/USIDC and distinguished guests present an appreciation certificate to panel speakers.)
This panel was followed by an interactive discussion with the audience and KoBE/USIDC open house networking reception.
KoBE and USIDC share up to 300 members of Asian American/Korean American small business owners and entrepreneurs; the access to up to 400 local, state, and federal government buyers; and mentorship, education, consulting, networking, and scholarship opportunities for minority businesses and young leaders. KoBE focuses on helping Asian American businesses to work with government while USIDC focuses on helping international businesses explore and enter the U.S. market. The two organizations have hosted this Quarterly Business Seminar and Networking as one of many co-initiatives and the next Quarterly Seminar is December 18th.