Secretary Chu met with 160 small business CEOs July 26 at the Minority Business RoundTable (MBRT) in Washington, D.C. MBRT is a national nonprofit organization that represents African American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, and women CEOs of the top minority-owned companies in America. The organization provides companies an avenue to expand their access to capital and contracting opportunities. The professional relationships that MBRP formed over the years has tremendously impacted the partnerships established between the federal government and the MBRT entrepreneurs.
It’s no secret that small business owners have very busy schedules. They must manage business development, operations, finances, personnel, as well as accessing passwords to access the numerous websites necessary to do business with the federal government.
To assist small businesses to alleviate the burden of managing many different user names and passwords for various business websites, we are streamlining online resources to create a one-stop-shop to registering your business.
President Obama today named 96 researchers as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. These include 13 receipients from the Energy Department.
During the last fiscal year, the Energy Department contracted with over 7,000 small businesses, doing over $8 billion worth of business overall. While this is the second highest number in terms of dollars in the federal government, we want to make every effort to get new small businesses into the mix, introducing them to the Energy Department’s federal contracting process.