PHOENIX – EM presented an exhibit and participated in a panel on the barriers small businesses face at the Waste Management 2014 Conference earlier this month, demonstrating DOE’s commitment to maximizing opportunities for those companies.
EM small business program managers were on hand at the exhibit to discuss EM contracting opportunities with small businesses, many of which attended the conference for the first time as part of the Small Business Pavilion, which was sponsored by Waste Management Symposia. The managers in attendance were Karen Bahan from the Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center in Cincinnati and Kelly Brazil from the Office of River Protection at the Hanford site in Washington state.
DOE’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) and EM continue to address barriers that impede small businesses from opportunities to compete for EM’s prime contacts.
At the conference, OSDBU and EM co-hosted a discussion to develop strategies to address those issues led by a panel of experts from DOE headquarters and leaders from small business companies. It was the first time the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) participated in the panel.
The panelists interacted with the audience. They discussed strategies for achieving small business contracting objectives and easing the barriers that may affect small business contracting opportunities.
Panelists included OSDBU Director John Hale III; EM Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Project Management Jack Surash; Swift and Staley, Inc. CEO Patricia Holsapple; Portage, Inc. CEO Nick Stanisich; NNSA Small Business Program Manager Greg Gonzales; and EM Small Business Program Manager John Evett.