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Edition: Fri, April 29, 2005
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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

Small business embodies so much of what America is all about. Self-reliance, hard work, innovation, the courage to take risks for future growth: these are values that have served our Nation well since its very beginning. We must ensure that our small businesses continue to thrive and prosper, not just for their own sakes, but for all of us. (Source)

President George W. Bush

TODAY'S FOCUS

US ARMY OFFICE OF SMALL AND DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS UTILIZATION (OSADBU)
Building the Army's Future Through Small Business

Ms. Tracey Pinson, Director of Army OSADBU, was recently recognized with the Small Business Administration's Gold Star Award for Excellence. (Story)

Mission: To ensure that small business concerns and Historically Black Colleges and Universities / Minority Institutions (HBCU/MIs)that wishe to do business with the Army have the necessary knowledge about the program and the tools to successfully participate either as a prime contractor or a subcontractor.

The Army OSADBU seeks to establish the Army as the premier organization for the promotion of and assistance to:
- Small business
- Small disadvantaged business
- Women-owned small business
- Historically Black Colleges and Universities Minority Institutions (HBCU/MIs)
- Veteran Owned/Service Disabled small business
- Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone)

The Army OSADBU endeavors to be the premier federal agency for small business interests by serving as a single focal point for the Army acquisition process

Their website features a 13-step interactive presentation which helps small and disadvantaged businesses understand the process of doing business with the Army. Each division of the Army OSADBU (cited previously) has specific information about their programs.

In addition, the Army OSADBU is host to the Mentor-Protégé Program, which encourages the development of SDBs, HBCUs, and MIs to support the nation's defense and help build a stronger economic base for America. (Story)

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE

The Freedom Calls Foundation is providing free video-conferencing for servicemembers and their families over Mother's Day weekend, May 7-8. The private 20 to 30 minute calls are scheduled to link troops at Al Asad Airfield and Camp Taji in Iraq with family members at specified locations across the U.S. Families wishing to connect with their loved ones during Mother's Day weekend should contact co-founder Ed Bukstel at ebukstel@freedomcalls.org. (Story)

CALENDAR

May 2: Secretary of the Army Harvey hosts leaders of the nation's largest veteran services and military support organizations at the Pentagon. The one-day conference will feature discussions on Army Transformation, BRAC, Army Engagement with veteran service organizations, and the Freedom Team Salute Program. The Secretary, Chief of Staff, and Director of the Army Staff are participating in the event.

SOCIAL NETWORKING

After recording a semifinal round appearance at Las Vegas two weeks ago, Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher will be looking to take a couple of extra steps this weekend in the O'Reilly Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway, Tenn. Schumacher, who handles the controls of the U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster, heads into the sixth race of the 2005 season holding first-place in the Top Fuel standings.

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