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GovConnects - May 2015 Edition

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Preparing Your Company for Sale" - Education Series - Review and Preview
May 12
Our panel of experienced professionals will discuss strategies for preparing you and your business for sale, how to enhance the value of your business, key negotiation strategies and more. Please join us in this exciting course that you literally cannot afford to miss. Pat Lowry of Patuxent Valuation Group LLC will moderate this course.

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Thank You Marty Roesch!
Thanks to Marty for speaking with our 60 members and guests last night who came to hear him speak as part of the GovConnects dinner series.
Martin Roesch is the former CTO and Founder of Sourcefire in 2001, and currently, vice president and chiefarchitect for Cisco's Security Business Group--responsible for shaping the technology, strategy and design of the company's comprehensive security portfolio.
Women in Government Contracting - Wrap up!

Thank you to all the sponsors, exhibitors, speakers and attendees who helped make the first annual "Women in Government Contracting" Forum such a successful event.

Please check out some of the other great photos by Bittner Photographyhere.

GovConnects Member News

Tell Us Your Story

For members in GovConnects, in 300 words or less, tell us about your business....


Why did you start, keep, and/or expand your business in this region?


Any unexpected benefits? Drawbacks that you overcame?

Would you do it again?

Anything you would change the next time?


Feel free to answer any or all of the questions, and include photos or video when you tell us the story of your business in Howard County.


We may be putting some of your stories in the Business Directory and also in our newsletter for others to learn and gain from your experience.


Take five minutes and jot down some thoughts. It doesn't have to be fancy, we'll edit it.We'll publish the first one next week and about once a month going forward!


Congratulations to Leidos!

Leidos Holdings, a GovConnects member and the Cyber Central Sponsor of our Cyber 6.0 conference, was voted one of the Top 50 "Best Companies to Work for" by PayScale.leidos


The companies in the 2014 Fortune 500 list were ranked based on PayScale's salary and survey database. Final ranks were determined by multiplying six criteria: high job satisfaction, low job stress, ability to telecommute, high job meaning, experienced median pay, and salary delta. Pay had double the weight in the calculations.More...

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Aberdeen Proving Ground Business Opportunities
Biz Business Breakfast
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NASA Contracting Opportunities for Small Businesses


May 6, 2015|1:30-3:00 PM
hotDesks,31901 Tri-County Way,Salisbury, MD
(Or via webcast)

NASA has contract opportunities for small businesses throughout its 10centers across the country-includingWallops Flight Facilitylocated on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

There are opportunities that do not requirea business to be onsite to provide the service or do the work, and the application/bidding process, as well as the eligibility requirements, for some of these opportunities may beless complicated than you might think. Contract opportunities include construction, electrical, engineering, security services, financial services, business support services, security services, supplies/product needs and more!

Join us in person or remotely via webcast for this informative program to discover

  • What contracting opportunities exist through NASA
  • Requirements and process for applying for the contracts
  • Resources available to assist small businesses in engaging with NASA at Wallops and the otherNASA Center locations

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Cyber Community Meetup

Wednesday, June 3


Join fellow members of Maryland's Cyber Community as we get together to socialize and network over Happy Hour at Union Jacks in Columbia. No agenda. No fee to attend. Simply pay for whatever you order to eat and drink at the venue during the gathering. We'll be gathering at the high top tables in the main bar area.


WHEN:5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
WHERE:Union Jacks
10400 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia


Take WIPP's National Survey of Women Business Owners!


Dear WIPP Members & Friends:

We need your help to educate policymakers and the media on the issues that are impacting women business owners this year. Every year WIPP conducts a national survey of its constituency of women business owners to gain insight and information, assess the importance of economic issues, and evaluate policy issues.


Please help us by taking time to respond to. This survey will take approximately 20 minutes of your time and all responses are anonymous. The information we collect will provide WIPP with your viewpoints on issues such as the economy, access to capital, government contracting, and more.


We know your time is valuable. This survey is vital to WIPP and our ability to represent the needs of women business owners, like you, as we work to create an economic and regulatory climate that helps women successfully start, manage and grow their businesses.


Survey Link


Thank you in advance for taking the time to share your responses to the 2015 WIPP National Survey of Women Business Owners!

The State of Women-Owned Small Businesses
May 6
Networking Breakfast and Contracting Forum on Best Practices, Rapid Growth, and Innovation

The Forum will begin with opening remarks from Kallyann Few, CEO, Earthlite Management Strategies followed by keynotespeakers Gloria Larkin, President, TargetGov and Courtney Fairchild, President, Global Services.


The keynote speech will focus on small business contracting trends and growth opportunities. Panel discussions will center around women-owned small businesses-barriers, best practices, rapid growth and big ideas for navigating the government contracting arena. Sharon Pinder, CEO, Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council, will deliver a power moment on Leadership and the Power of Women.


Panelists include: April Wnnerberg, Project Masters; SharonMoore Jackson, Prince George's County Supplier Development & Diversity Division (SDDD); Kim Watters, GovRealm; Irina Vishnevetsky, Versa Tech, Inc.; and Connie Russell Gorum, C.L. Russell Group, LLC

WHEN:8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
WHERE:WSSC, 14501 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel
Organized by Baltimore-Washington Corridor Chamber

Fort Meade Military Spouse Job Fair

May 12


Open to all military spouses (active duty, retired and reservists), DoD/Federal ID card holders (military and civilian). Come to meet a wide variety of local employers, free resume reviews and military spouse relaxation stations! Free lunch and door prizes for military spouses!


WHEN: 9:00 - 1:00 p.m.

WHERE: McGill Training Center, 8452 Zimborski Ave., Fort Meade, MD


More information


Military Appreciation Luncheon - Harford County Chamber of Commerce

May 14



Guest Speaker:

Velma L. Richardson, Brigadier General, U.S. Army (Ret.)

Vice President, Department of Defense

Information Technology (DoD IT) Programs at Lockheed Martin


For more information, call the Harford County Chamber of Commerce at 410-838-2020 or


Personal Preparedness Initiatives Seminar

May 15


You are cordially invited to participate in the upcoming Personal Preparedness Initiatives Seminar onMay 15, 2015at the Nationals Park Conference Center. The PPI Seminar will highlight findings and recommendations for enhancing personal preparedness and emergency notification practices in Washington DC and throughout the NCR. The seminar will present the results from a MWCOG-sponsored project investigating current and potential practices related to preparing individuals and families for emergencies. The Seminar will feature subject matter experts that will speak on lessons learned and areas for improvement.


This event will run from9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with registration beginning at 8:00 a.m. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided for participants. Parking for participants will be available in Lot C located on First Street SE, just past the WillCall box. Nationals Park is also metro accessible via the Navy Yard Metro Station.


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Howard County Veterans Resource Fair

May 19


The resource fair will host over 25 different organizations, businesses and non-profits that are dedicated to providing services, support and jobs toveterans. The focus is on Howard County veterans, but ALL veterans areinvited to attend.


WHEN: 5:00 - 8:45 p.m.

WHERE: Howard county Library , Miller Branch, 9421 Frederick Rd., Ellicott City


For more information contact Lisa Terry at 410-313-0821 or


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EEOC Issues Proposed Rule on ADA and Wellness Programs

On April 16, 2015, the EEOC released a proposed rule thatprovides long-awaited guidance on how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to employee wellness programs. The proposed rule includes parameters for permissible wellness program designs under the ADA, including the amount of incentives that can be offered. This Compliance Bulletin summarizes the EEOC's proposed rule.

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