USACE-HD supports DOD Small Business Forum

| July 30, 2012 | 0 Comments
Cathy Yoza (middle), deputy for small business programs, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District, meets with small business representatives to discuss opportunities with the Corps during the 10th annual DOD Hawaii Small Business Forum at the Honolulu Country Club in Honolulu, July 12.

Cathy Yoza (middle), deputy for small business programs, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District, meets with small business representatives to discuss opportunities with the Corps during the 10th annual DOD Hawaii Small Business Forum at the Honolulu Country Club in Honolulu, July 12.

Story and photo by
Angela Kershner
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District Public Affairs

FORT SHAFTER — Department of Defense small business advocates on Oahu participated in the 10th annual DOD Hawaii Small Business Forum at the Honolulu Country Club in Honolulu, July 12.

University of Hawaii’s Minority Business Development Agency Business Center sponsored the event.

The event provided an interactive forum for industry representatives to network with acquisition professionals from the U.S. Army Regional Contracting Office; the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Tripler Army Medical Center; Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center Pearl Harbor; Naval Facilities Engineering Command Hawaii; Pacific Air Forces Headquarters; Marine Corps Base Hawaii; U.S. Coast Guard, Defense IT Contracting Organization Pacific; Tripler Army Medical Center; Defense Logistics Agency; and the Small Business Administration.

After opening remarks and a presentation by the Minority Business Development Agency, a panel of DOD professionals shared upcoming contracting opportunities, as well as advice for working with their respective organizations.

Tony Paresa, deputy district engineer for programs and project management, represented U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District and stressed the importance of open communication.

“Success is based upon everyone going in the same direction, when everyone understands what the goal is,” Paresa said. “If you are unsure, ask questions. Don’t assume; ensure we have a common understanding. Listen to what we are telling you; we will commit to listen to what you are telling us.

“We commit to you … we will keep the communication flowing,” Paresa added. “We commit to being very honest with you.”

In the afternoon, participants attended breakout workshops covering Multiple Award Task Order Contracts, or MATOCs; safety success on Navy contracts; how to obtain GSA Federal Supply Schedules; and how to do business with the Veterans Administration.

Lou Muzzarini, construction branch chief, USACE-HD, and Kent Tamai, contracting officer, USACE-HD, presented “The ABC’s of Multiple Award Task Order Contracts” to approximately 30 workshop attendees.

“Safety is very important to us, and I think we all have a moral responsibility to get our employees home to their families in the same way they came to work,” Muzzarini said.

“I want to help you learn to work better with the Corps so that we can work together to build higher quality projects done ontime, safely and within budget so we can turn them over to our customers on the day we said we would,” Muzzarini added.

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