2024 Past SECAF Events

Thursday, June 25, 2024
SECAF Gov Con Member Networking Reception (Government Contractor Members Only)


You are invited to join us to get to know your fellow SECAF members!

Networking is an essential part of any successful career in the government contracting industry. It can help you find new opportunities and make connections that can lead to future business partnerships.

At this networking event, you will have the opportunity to learn more about what your fellow SECAF members do and whether there might be teaming opportunities. You can also find out how you can help them and vice versa. So bring your capabilities statement and enjoy the chance to chat with your peers over cocktails and hors d'oeuvres!

Nostos Restaurant 
8100 Boone Blvd
Vienna VA 22182

(The entrance is on the northeast corner of the building, Leesburg and Aline. You may access the restaurant from the lobby of the building as well as the outside entrance. Plenty of surface parking all around the building.)

Sponsored By: Flexwind and Pillsbury

 


Tuesday, June 4, 2024
Monthly Briefing: Navigating Obstacles To Optimize and Sustain Growth - A CEO's Perspective


Ms. Carissa Christensen and Mr. Gabe Patricio will reflect on their approach, experience, and lessons learned driving and sustaining growth for their Gov Con start-ups as they became well-established mid-sized businesses ($50-$100M). The discussion will cover:

  • resource allocation
  • business development
  • customer relations
  • teaming
  • organizational structure and
  • timely decision making

Don't miss this opportunity to hear about their business decisions - what worked, what did not work and the lessons learned.  These experienced CEOs have led four companies as they emerged from small to mid-sized successful businesses. 

Speakers:

  • Carissa Christensen, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, BryceTech
  • Gabe Patricio, Founder, Patricio Enterprises (PE) 


Moderated by Jeff Mujsce, Chief Growth Officer, BryceTech and SECAF Board Member

 


Thursday, May 30, 2024
SECAF Gov Con Member Networking Reception (Government Contractor Members Only)


You are invited to join us to get to know your fellow SECAF members!

Networking is an essential part of any successful career in the government contracting industry. It can help you find new opportunities and make connections that can lead to future business partnerships.

At this networking event, you will have the opportunity to learn more about what your fellow SECAF members do and whether there might be teaming opportunities. You can also find out how you can help them and vice versa. So bring your capabilities statement and enjoy the chance to chat with your peers over cocktails and hors d'oeuvres!

Nostos Restaurant 
8100 Boone Blvd
Vienna VA 22182

(The entrance is on the northeast corner of the building, Leesburg and Aline. You may access the restaurant from the lobby of the building as well as the outside entrance. Plenty of surface parking all around the building.)

Sponsored By: JLL and Sandy Spring Bank

 


Tuesday, April 23, 2024
Gov Con Member Networking Reception with Special Guets from the FBI! (Government Contractor Members Only)


You are invited to join us to get to know your fellow SECAF members and meet special guests Barbara Clouser, Small Business Specialist/Industry Outreach Liaison, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Melissa Golicz, Contracting Officer, Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Networking is an essential part of any successful career in the government contracting industry. It can help you find new opportunities and make connections that can lead to future business partnerships.

At this networking event, you will have the opportunity to learn more about what your fellow SECAF members do and whether there might be teaming opportunities. You can also find out how you can help them and vice versa. So bring your capabilities statement and enjoy the chance to chat with your peers over cocktails and hors d'oeuvres!

Nostos Restaurant 
8100 Boone Blvd
Vienna VA 22182

(The entrance is on the northeast corner of the building, Leesburg and Aline. You may access the restaurant from the lobby of the building as well as the outside entrance. Plenty of surface parking all around the building.)

Sponsored By: JAMIS and sbLiftOff
 


Thursday, April 18, 2024
Webinar Series - Transforming your Business for Long-Term Success: Lessons Learned from Evans Consulting’s Growth Journey


As a small business leader, your top priority is likely growth. As your business grows, you need to tackle new challenges that, more likely than not, other business leaders have faced as well. These include, for example, how to make the right strategic choices to guide decisions, establish an operation that scales, and have the right leadership team in place. In other words, the challenge most companies face is how to transition the small business to a mature, large business that’s able to compete for and win full and open contracts.

During this interactive webinar, Evans Consulting will share some of the lessons they learned and how they transformed their business on their journey through graduation and the changes they’re making to become a high performing, mature business.

Specifically, you will learn: 

  • The importance of assessing the external environment (competitors, customers, industry trends) in which your organization operates and how that impacts the growth strategy.
  • How to establish a clear and compelling direction for your organization that informs every day decision making.
  • The pathway to build a cohesive and aligned leadership team.
  • How to identify those organizational cultural shifts that need to occur to achieve the overall direction.
  • Join us to engage with members of the Evans leadership team and ask questions. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about their struggles, obstacles, and missed opportunities.  Learn what helped them navigate, overcome, and continue down a successful growth path.


Speakers:

  • Jack Moore, Managing Partner, Evans Consulting
  • Ashley Tolub, VP of Growth, Evans Consulting

Moderator: Mercedes Sotomayor, Principal of Leadership and Team Effectiveness, Evans Consulting


Tuesday, April 9, 2024
Monthly Briefing: NOAA’s ProTech 2.0


NOAA’s ProTech 2.0 is one of the top10 small business opportunities in play this year. Join us to learn more about the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Professional, Scientific and Technical Services Program (ProTech 2.0). We are fortunate to have Jay Standring from NOAA 's Acquisition and Grants Office as this month's presenter. Jay, the NOAA ProTech Branch Chief and Supervisory Contracting Officer, will share his thoughts on this important NOAA initiative.  
 
ProTech is a suite of Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) multiple award contracts, organized into four Domains that align with NOAA’s major mission areas: Satellite, Fisheries, Oceans, and Weather. ProTech is a mandatory-use vehicle for NOAA line and staff offices, and also available for U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) Bureaus when appropriate.
 
Don’t miss this opportunity. Register now to join us on April 9th.
 
Speaker:

  • Jay Standring - Branch Chief/Supervisory Contracting Officer, NOAA Acquisition and Grants Office, Corporate Services Acquisition Division, Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services (ProTech) Branch Head

Wednesday, March 13, 2024
Webinar Series - Growth Strategies for 2024: Using M&A to Power into Full and Open


GovCon companies under $100 Million in revenue need to understand how to use INORGANIC strategies for growth.  Pick up tips  from an experienced group of service providers about how M&A can open up new business opportunities, drive revenue, increase margins and strengthen your company’s overall value. Top experts from Aprio, Eagle Bank, and sbLiftOff will present firsthand case studies of how smaller GovCon companies are using M&A/inorganic growth strategies to scale more rapidly. The event will cover:

  • Current state of the M&A market in GovCon
  • Availability of capital, and impact of inflation and interest rate increases
  • The benefits and challenges of buying another GovCon company
  • Reasons to buy and reasons not to buy
  • How to value targets for purchase
  • How to start the process 
  • What is the process

Speakers: 

  • Jim Fennel, Government Contracting Segment Lead Partner, Aprio
  • Sharon Heaton, Founder, sbLiftOff
  • Eric Miller, Relationship Manager, EagleBank

Presented by: sbLiftOff
 


Tuesday, March 12, 2024
Gov Con Member Networking Reception (Government Contractor Members Only)


You are invited to join us to get to know your fellow SECAF members!

Networking is an essential part of any successful career in the government contracting industry. It can help you find new opportunities and make connections that can lead to future business partnerships.

At this networking event, you will have the opportunity to learn more about what your fellow SECAF members do and whether there might be teaming opportunities. You can also find out how you can help them and vice versa. So bring your capabilities statement and enjoy the chance to chat with your peers over cocktails and hors d'oeuvres!

Nostos Restaurant 
8100 Boone Blvd
Vienna VA 22182

(The entrance is on the northeast corner of the building, Leesburg and Aline. You may access the restaurant from the lobby of the building as well as the outside entrance. Plenty of surface parking all around the building.)

Sponsored By: Deltek and Withum


Tuesday, March 5. 2024
Monthly Briefing: Doing Business at USDA


Are you eager to explore opportunities for your business within the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)? Look no further! Join us for an exclusive session where we delve into the intricacies of Doing Business at USDA.

Whether you're a seasoned contractor or new to federal procurement, this session promises to equip you with the knowledge and strategies necessary to navigate the USDA landscape and position your business for success.

Our distinguished panel will be moderated by Ira Hobbs from Hobbs and Hobbs, LLC.  Join us for invaluable insights from Ashley Thompson from Forest Service USDA, Milbert ”MAC” Crossland from Rural Development USDA and Frank Dominick from GPS Strategic Advisors. Ms. Thompson and Mr. Crossland will provide a comprehensive overview of their respective agency’s strategic goals and highlight specific initiatives geared towards empowering small businesses. Mr. Dominick, drawing upon his extensive experience in Business Development (BD) and Capture, will share his expertise in effectively marketing to USDA and targeting upcoming opportunities within the agency.

Don't miss out on this golden opportunity to expand your business horizons and forge meaningful connections within the USDA community. Reserve your spot today!

Let's embark on this exciting journey of growth and collaboration together. See you there!

Speakers:

  • Ashley Thompson - Small Business Specialist, Forest Service, USDA
  • Milbert ”MAC” Crossland - Procurement Analyst / Small Business Officer, Rural Development, USDA
  • Frank Dominick - Vice President of Strategic Growth Advisory and Capture Services, GPS Strategic Advisors
Moderator:
  • Ira Hobbs - Principal at Hobbs and Hobbs, LLC (previously USDA DCIO)

Wednesday, February 21, 2024
Webinar Series: Small Business Year In Review

Are you well informed about important regulations that effect your business?  Jon Williams, a partner with PilieroMazza’s Government Contracts Group, will review the key regulatory, statutory, and case law developments from 2023 that impact small business contractors.  Jon will cover significant small business-related developments from 2023, including:
 
  • new regulations from the U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”)
  • notable decisions from
    • SBA’s Office of Hearings and Appeals
    • Government Accountability Office
    • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
Come with your questions.  This is a great way for small business contractors to stay ahead of the curve in 2024.  We hope you can join us for this webinar!

Speaker:   
Tuesday, February 13, 2024
Gov Con Member Networking Reception (Government Contractor Members Only)

You are invited to join us to get to know your fellow SECAF members!

Networking is an essential part of any successful career in the government contracting industry. It can help you find new opportunities and make connections that can lead to future business partnerships.

At this networking event, you will have the opportunity to learn more about what your fellow SECAF members do and whether there might be teaming opportunities. You can also find out how you can help them and vice versa. So bring your capabilities statement and enjoy the chance to chat with your peers over cocktails and hors d'oeuvres!

Nostos Restaurant 
8100 Boone Blvd
Vienna VA 22182

(The entrance is on the northeast corner of the building, Leesburg and Aline. You may access the restaurant from the lobby of the building as well as the outside entrance. Plenty of surface parking all around the building.)

Sponsored By: A-Tek and Unanet 
Tuesday, February 6, 2024
Monthly Briefing: US Navy on IT/Cyber in the DoD - Challenges and Requirements, and Advice for the Defense Industrial Base


No government Department or Agency is immune from cybersecurity threats, ranging from rudimentary to sophisticated techniques, or from the problems resulting from successful attacks. This is especially true of the Department of Defense (DoD), given reliance on widely proliferated IT systems, digital communications, artificial intelligence, etc. It is an acute problem across the Defense Industrial Base (DIB), companies of all sizes and maturity, as they provide products and services to support the Department’s requirements. 

Come join other business leaders as our US Navy leader panelists share unclassified insight into the challenges and concerns in this lane, and what the Navy and DoD are doing to combat the threats to protect sensitive national information and valuable trade secrets (your Intellectual Property). There are a number of relatively new requirements levied on GovCon businesses, and it is imperative that the DIB track these developments and prepare now. And the response plans are sure to generate tranches of contract opportunities for which the government needs industry support and expertise. The panel will discuss the FY24 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), and capstone documents such as the National Cybersecurity Strategy and the Navy’s Digital Roadmap. This will all feed a discussion of “how the DIB can help” and some recommendations for aligning your corporate capabilities with the US Government’s requirements.

Speakers:
  • Rear Admiral Heidi Berg, USN - Navy Deputy for Operations, Plans, and Strategy (OPNAV N3/5B)
  • Rear Admiral (ret) Brad Williamson, USN - CEO, Perrarus Solutions, Inc
Moderator:
  • CAPT (ret) Peter DeMane, USN - Managing Director, Pitsword Group LLC
 
Tuesday, January 30, 2024
January Gov Con Member Networking with Special Guests


You are invited to join us to get to know your fellow SECAF members and meet special guests Shannon Jackson, Executive Director (SES) and Kevin Diaz, Management Analyst, from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services!  

Networking is an essential part of any successful career in the government contracting industry. It can help you find new opportunities and make connections that can lead to future business partnerships.  At this networking event, you will have the opportunity to hear a few words from our guests and learn more about what your fellow SECAF members do and whether there might be teaming opportunities. You can also find out how you can help them and vice versa.
 
Thursday, January 11, 2023
Monthly Briefing: DHS Technology and Acquisition Update  

SECAF is planning a DHS small business update focused on technology and professional services. Join us to learn about:
  • Key small business opportunities in 2024/2025
  • Subcontracting opportunities on major F&O programs
  • How to connect with DHS stakeholders and decision makers
  • Next generation of EAGLE NEXGEN
Speaker:
  • Darlene Bullock - Senior Executive Service, Executive Director Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization at U.S. DHS