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On this week’s show, Eileen Kent features the SBA Regional Director for the Midwest Region of the Small Business Administration, Marianne O’Brien Markowitz.  This key contact, Eileen describes as an agency “stakeholder” and Marianne discusses the responsibility of the Small Business Administration and how they help small businesses with federal contracting. Ms. O'Brien Markowitz also introduces the Business Cluster Initiative, which is connecting like-minded companies in each region which could be a great place for you to network locally.

Eileen also covers small business designations such as 8a, SDVOSB, HubZone, VOSB, WOSB and why  having those preferences – or at least having teaming partners with those preferences – help you win federal opportunities.

On a final note, Eileen Kent discusses why Independence Day week is an important time for federal contractors and how they can reach out to their customers in a positive manner during this time.