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Luncheon Speaker Series: Hot Issues in Federal Contracting

The Minority Business RoundTable (MBRT)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM (EDT)

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Luncheon Speaker Series:

Hot Issues in Federal Contracting



Meet the new Director of Small Business at Department of Interior: Mark Teskey Oversees $7 billion in Contracting Opportunities in 2014

Also featuring Anthony Ruiz on how to market your business in the government’s new 2014 budget realities for small businesses and especially for SBA’s 8a, SDVOB, HUBZone and women contracting programs


The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), the nation's principal conservation agency, offers about $7 billion in contracting opportunities of all sizes across the nation.

The DOI is responsible for the management and conservation of most federal land and natural resources and the administration of programs relating to Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians, territorial affairs, and insular areas of the United States. The agency has over 67,000 employees and 280,000 volunteers located at approximately 2,400 operating locations with about $12 billion total annual budget (2014).

The DOI includes the following bureaus, each of which presents unique contracting opportunities:

  • Bureau of Reclamation
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Indian Affairs
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • National Park Service
  • U.S. Geological Survey
  • Office of Wildland Fire


Contracting with the DOI

The DOI Acquisition Services Directorate assists Federal agencies by managing project lifecycles and uses government-wide acquisition contracts (GWACs), U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) schedules, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts, among others, to assist in acquisition.

All prospective DOI contractors must be registered in the SAM.

Small Business opportunities

In fiscal 2013, the U.S. Dept of the Interior awarded small businesses over 55 percent of its eligible contracting dollars, more than double the national average. The Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization manages small business initiatives.

The DOI partners with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) on its 8(a) Business Development Program. The SBA delegates the authority to sign contracts on its behalf to the DOI, but remains the prime contractor on all 8(a) Business Development Program contract awards, modifications, options and purchase orders. 8(a) participants remain subcontractors of the SBA.


Who Should Attend

  • Small businesses wishing to do business with the government
  • 8(a) and SDB Businesses
  • Large Businesses Connecting with SBA Certified Businesses
  • Woman Owned Businesses
  • Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses
  • Veteran Owned
  • Native American Owned
  • HUB Zones



What others are saying about our CEO Business events who keep people coming back for more:

"As a result of information that I heard… I was also able to develop a strategy to better utilizing my existing Mentor-Protege Agreement. Again, THANK YOU for your advocacy and encouragement for businesses like mine."

“Thank you Minority Business RoundTable on a very successful event with key federal officials and business leaders on accessing contracts. The interactive dialogue was engaging with critical information to advance my business agenda. Your organization and network helped our business open doors and gain access."

“Engaging in Washington is critical for any American, particularly entrepreneurs. Events like MBRT’s CEO Conference help entrepreneurs get a seat at the table with policymakers - and get off the menu”


Anthony Ruiz

Since February 2011, Assistance District Director/8(a) Business Development Program, Washington Metropolitan Area District Office, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA): Involved with the 8(a) Program as CEO of his own DOD manufacturing firm since 1987 and with SBA dating back to 1977.

Seven years’ experience with the Maryland Small Business Development Center (SBDC), as Capital Region Director (servicing Montgomery & Prince George’s Counties, 2007-2011, making that SBDC Region the #2 top performing region in the nation and the #1 performing region in Maryland for three years), as the Senior Management Consultant in the Baltimore City Office for the Central Region - Maryland SBDC (2003-2007)

Prior Professional Experience: Fifteen years international & business management consulting as a business owner; 10 years as a CEO/Turnaround Manager; and 10 years international and commercial banking. Throughout his career, Mr. Ruiz has managed and executed creative and resourceful methods to improve small business financial performance, including financing for his clients, increasing revenues, government contracting, exports/imports, profitability, and strategic expansion.

Education: Law Degree –Business, Finance & International Trade (University of Arizona); MBA in Finance, Marketing & International Business (University of Southern California); Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations (California State University – Los Angeles, with honors)

Community Affiliations: Strong supporter of various minority chambers of commerce & non-profits assisting small businesses; Member, Korean Business Enterprise (KoBE); Planning Committee Member, Asian-American Business Conference (September 2010-2012); Prior Chairman-Minority & Small Business Committee, Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce (2008-2011); Planning Committee Member & Chair of Seminars Program Committee-The Annual Maryland Hispanic Business Conference (2005-2011);

Recent Awards & Honors

  • Program Speaker, Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (2013)
  • Excellence in Seminars Planning Award: The 2011 Maryland Hispanic Business Conference
  • Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce Certificates of Service Appreciation (2008-2010)
  • Recipient of U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2009 Small Business Development Center Service Excellence and Innovation Center Award; Recognized performance as the #2 SBDC Center in the Nation and the #1 SBDC Center in SBA Region 3 (PA, DE, MD, DC, VA, & WV)
  • The MDSBDC Network’s #1 Top Performing Region (FY 2010, 2009 & 2008)
  • Greater Baltimore Committee 2008 Bridging the GAP Finalist Award: Assisting Minority Entrepreneurs The 2007 Maryland Governor’s Hispanic Commission Citation for Lifetime Achievement
  • The 2007 Maryland SBDC Network State Star Award for Outstanding Performance
  • The 2005 SBA (Baltimore City District Office) Robert A. Nicholls Small Business Service Award for Outstanding Minority Business Advocacy

Military: Vietnam Veteran; Staff Sergeant-United States Army Field Artillery (1967-1969); distinguished with a Purple Heart and Bronze Star while in military combat.




Cancellation and Refund Policy: If you are unable to attend the luncheon, you are welcome to send a substitute, however, you must notify us prior to the luncheon date. On site substitutions will not be permitted. Please email us requesting the change. If canceling, you must do so in writing no later than one week before event date. You will receive full credit towards the next event. If you do not attend the luncheon, you are responsible for the entire registration fee. No exceptions.

Disclaimer: Speaker schedule(s) are subject to change. MBRT reserves the right to substitute speaker(s) as necessary.

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When & Where

McCormick & Schmicks
1652 K Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20006

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM (EDT)

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