Small Business Partnerships on Display at GSA Mentor-Protégé Training

When small businesses contract with the federal government, everyone wins. Small businesses help create jobs and grow the nation’s economy and provide great value to government and the American people. GSA convened more than 50 small and large businesses for an annual Mentor-Protégé Training meeting in Washington, D.C. to encourage and motivate GSA prime contractors to assist small businesses and enhance their capability of performing successfully on GSA contracts and subcontracts. The program, as of this reporting fiscal year, has had a direct impact in creating more than 300 jobs.

Left to right: Jiyoung Park, Associate Administrator for GSA’s Office of Small Business Utilization; Mark Danisewicz and Joe Kopfman from AMERICAN SYSTEMS; Mike McCormick and Jim O’Farrell from AMSG, and; Tony Eiland, GSA’s Mentor-Protégé Program Manager.

“Bringing together small businesses in a collaborative forum like this helps them learn more about doing business with the federal government,” said Jiyoung Park, Associate Administrator for the Office of Small Business Utilization. “They also have the opportunity to work with large, more experienced companies who are able to share their knowledge about growing their businesses, competing for contracts, and bringing solutions to the government.”

During the training sessions businesses learned about Mentor-Protégé policy updates, discussed effective practices and lessons learned over the past year.

GSA also recognized the company AMERICAN SYSTEMS as the 2012 GSA Mentor of the Year. AMERICAN SYSTEMS is acknowledged for providing technical and business development assistance as well as subcontracting and prime contracting opportunities. Advanced Management Strategies Group, Inc. (AMSG), a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business, was their protege company in this Mentor-Protégé agreement.

Businesses also heard from small business specialists from GSA’s Public Buildings Service and the Federal Acquisition Service about ways to access current contracting opportunities.

This training is just the latest example of GSA’s commitment to help small businesses access federal contracting opportunities.

Learn more about the GSA Mentor Protege Program.

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