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Volume 7 Issue 27 (PDF 3MB)
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Looking around the Great Hall of the Hubert Humphrey Building in Washington DC on November 15, 2011, attendees of the Fifth Annual VHW8 Industry Day were surrounded by some of the very best leaders, innovators and professionals of existing and emerging small businesses. Over 100 small, 8 (a), Veteran-Owned, Service Disabled Veteran Owned (SDVOB), Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) and women owned businesses participated in this HHS OSDBU sanctioned event by sending their very best representatives to engage with HHS key decision makers and HHS large business prime contractors. The VHW8 Industry Day was created by HHS OSDBU to provide a unique opportunity for small businesses to support their pledge of ensuring a fair and reasonable opportunity to compete for HHS expenditures. The activities of the day were comprised of quick fire one-on-one appointments and informative breakout sessions. This provided an opportunity for small businesses to attend brief meetings and have access to agency representatives and large business prime contractors to market their business. The desired outcome of the event was to provide a forum that stimulates the creation of relationships that would in turn lead to more small business opportunities and awards.
So, is attending this event worth it? We asked a small business and the following feedback was gathered:
The Grant Group, LLC, a small women owned, 8(a) certification pending business that specializes in integrated healthcare solutions, was represented on industry day. The President and Founder, Ms. Orlene Grant, RN, BSN, MSN was especially grateful to have this opportunity to market her business. For her, "It's about finding the right set of connections to create entry into an agency or to team with other businesses. As a small business, we have limited resources and these industry days help us market directly to the targeted agency or business so we can reach our goals within a shorter timeframe."
Two weeks after the HHS OSDBU VHW8 Industry Day, Ms. Grant was contacted to see if any successes had been realized from attending the event. Ms. Grant was quick to reply that, "the NIH representative was most helpful in pointing out agencies that I had not considered. That information helped broaden possibilities. Another CMS representative pointed out a stellar potential teaming partner which is being pursued and appears hopeful. In all, the day was worth the time invested."
The HHS OSDBU VHW8 Industry Day is inarguably one of the best tools that a small business can utilize to stimulate growth and enhance their ability to compete in the government marketplace. Every small business needs to take advantage of how the HHS OSDBU supports their mission and goals. For over 100 businesses and individuals, on November 15, 2011 in downtown Washington DC, they did just that.
When asked how small businesses could improve presentations during one-on-one meetings, Small Business Specialists from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) responded with the following helpful tips:
Reston, VA, November 7, 2011 – IDL Solutions was awarded a 6-year, $59 million contract to design, build, operate and maintain the Multidimensional Insurance Data Analytics System (MIDAS) for the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) of the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) within the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
IDL will build MIDAS on industry leading analytics, data warehousing and business intelligence technologies to ensure ease of maintenance and deployment during the life of the system.
"We are proud and honored to continue supporting the mission of HHS and, in particular, CMS and CCIIO," said Baly Ambegaoker, President and CEO of IDL Solutions.
About IDL Solutions
IDL Solutions, Inc., is headquartered in Germantown, Wisconsin, with federal offices in Reston, Virginia and multiple on-site client locations throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The company provides information technology services, including strategic enterprise solutions, enterprise application and web solutions, and enterprise networking and infrastructure management. IDL is an SEI CMMI Level 3 company. To learn more about IDL, please visit http://www.idl.com.
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High-end team and leadership provider Team Results USA has tripled its business with HHS in the last three months. Already deeply involved with several parts of NIH including the NIH Training Center and the Center for Scientific Review (CSR), Team Results USA is now working on critical team initiatives at the FDA. Clients there include the Senior Leadership Team and the Program Management Team at the Center for Drug Evaluation and Review (CDER).
"We have a unique approach to building effective teams," says Team Results CEO, workplace psychology specialist and former National Security Agency staffer John Kolm. "We train America's new diplomats, over 35 Federal agencies, and Fortune-100 companies like Toyota and IBM. It's a pleasure to include all the great folks at the FDA in our work for HHS!"
The success of the company is due to its retreats, which are different from the decades-old games, workshops and rope courses we all know. Team Results USA uses modern ideas and technologies, taking work teams on a 21st century "Mission Impossible". Their outdoor simulations are filled with adventure, espionage tricks, secret codes, fun and laughter and over 165 special props unique to the company. With HHS manager. "The results are immediate, measurable and sustainable, and they follow up with us back at work and write reports. We get visible productivity benefits and a clear return on the investment."
Over 90% of Team Results USA's clients re-engage the company within 12 months. Team Results USA begin in 1996 and has four offices worldwide. The largest office is in Potomac MD and serves the U.S. Government, which accounts for about 70% of its business.
"HHS is a particular pleasure to deal with," adds CEO John Kolm. "Their Small Business office makes a real effort to reach out to the niche specialties that small business tends to do best. That way, HHS can not only get the bulk supplies they need from major providers, but also the best practices in the world from specialists in technical and professional areas. The Small Business folks are terrific, and HHS managers can be sure that they're getting the best value and choice by using them." Team Results USA is on CCR and ORCA, is in the HHS procurement system and can be reached at (202) 257 5593, on the web at http://www.teamresultsusa.com or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.