BENSENVILLE–(ENEWSPF)–October 6, 2016. Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth’s (IL-08) office hosted a workshop in Bensenville this morning to help local minority-owned small businesses better compete for federal contracts and funding. At the workshop, local small business owners and entrepreneurs heard from small business experts about federal resources and programs available to minority-owned, woman-owned and Veteran-owned small businesses. Topics included procurement technical assistance, minority owned business certifications and upcoming federal contract opportunities.
“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and contribute to the vibrancy and vitality of the Eighth District,” said Congresswoman Duckworth. “They innovate, know how to operate on a tight budget and create good paying jobs—that’s why I’ve been working for years to make it easier for small businesses in and around the Eighth District to compete for government contracts. I’m pleased we were able to bring this group of panelists together to help local, minority-owned small businesses better compete for federal contracts and funding.”
Duckworth proposed several amendments to the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act that to help small businesses compete for government contracts, all of which passed the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) unanimously and were included in the final legislation that passed the House by an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote. Her provisions would help provide greater accountability for senior agency executives who are responsible for overseeing small business subcontracting, remove barriers to capital for small businesses, improve training for entrepreneurs and advocates and allow more small businesses to compete for federal construction contracts.
Panelists at this morning’s workshop included: Thomas J. Leney, Executive Director of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Small and Veteran Business Programs; Kimberly Hutchinson, Small Business Specialist with the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Office of Small Business Utilization; Robert Steiner, Illinois District Director of the Small Business Administration (SBA); and Jaemie Neely, Associate Director of Established Business Services at the Women’s Business Development Center.