Small Business Success Tips Podcast Series

Host Neil McDonnell of SV Mac Pack, Inc. and founder of the HUBZone Chamber of Commerce interviews government and small business experts who generously offer useful tips and insights for HUBZone Chamber members. Discover how small businesses can research opportunities, build relationships, promote their capabilities, request small business set-aside (SBSA) opportunities  and secure government business contracts.

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Introduction to Category Management (new series)

Video Tutorial for Small Businesses

Neil McDonnell presents a general overview to Category Management, identifies key agency leadership, new categories and budgets. Includes links to category-specific websites. 

NASA Contractor Database

Discover the exciting projects at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.  Learn how to find business partners and subcontracting opportunities in NASA's Vendor Database (NVDB) with Subcontracting Module. 

"10 Tips to Attract Federal Buyers in 2019"

In his 60 minute online webinar, Neil McDonnell shows how to Increase your visibility to government buyers, build relationships, identify opportunities and learn from your competitor's success.

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Navy | Emily Harman

Emily Harman introduces the Navy's Office of Small Business Programs and advises how to build strategic relationships with the 10 buying commands and research federal contracting and subcontracting for HUBZone small businesses.

FREE Small Business Course

Neil McDonnell presents 'DSBS | Your Key to Being Discovered'FREE Small Business Course. Power up your SBA DSBS profile with our step-by-step video course today. Make yourself visible to government procurement specialists and rise above the competition.

Guide to HUBZone Certification (coming soon!)


Neil McDonnell guides you Step By Step through the SBA's entire HUBZone certification application process, with detailed illustrations on how to complete each form and exactly what support materials are required for a successful application. You can do this!



Tiffany Scroggs | Washington State PTAC

Anna Urman | Virginia PTAP

Gary Moore | Idaho PTAC

Carter Merkle | Oklahoma PTAC


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Air Force *


Della Simmons | Small Business Professional, Elmendorf-Richardson AFB

Mark Snyder | Director of Business Operations, Sheppard AFB

Tracy Nicholson | Director, AFSC Small Business Office, Tinker AFB


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Chamber Membership

Register as a HUBZone Chamber of Commerce member today

Access to Success Tips podcasts, Meet the Experts panels and participation in Set Aside Collaborative Calls are all included in your FREE membership.

Please register today for full benefits and to connect with other HUBZone business members.

Requesting Set-Asides

The best way to get a federal contracting opportunity set-aside for HUBZone companies ... is to specifically request that the contract be set aside during the Sources Sought market research phase!  Read the recommendations here.

HUBZone Chamber LinkedIn Showcases

Follow the Chamber's dynamic Showcase pages on LinkedIn focusing on federal contracting with the Army, Navy, Coast Guard and Air Force.  Track the news, trends and nextgen opportunities in government procurement and acquisition. 

GovCon Expert | Mark Amtower

Mark Amtower (Columbia, MD) provides powerful tips for defining your business niche, highlighting differentiation, building strategic relationships, conducting effective research, and using social media and networks.

US Army *


Tommy Marks | Director, Army Office of Small Business Programs

Melea Crouse | Assistant Director, Office of Small Business Programs, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, SWD

Karla Babb | Small Business Professional, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District


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Department of Energy *


Christy Jackiewicz | Acting Director, Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization

Gary Lyttek | Small Business Source Manager, Office of Acquisition and Project Management (NA-APM), National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)

Lani MacRae | Small Business Program Manager, Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy


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Department of Interior *


Vanessa Chavez | Lead Contracting Officer, Interior Business Center

Heidi Hubbell | Senior Procurement Analyst, Small Business Specialist, Bureau Acquisition Career Coordinator

Greg Moore | Chief Contracting Officer, U.S. Fish & Wildfire Service

Michele Waters | Contracting Officer, Interior Business Center

Eric Weisman | Small Business Specialist, National Park Service - Intermountain Region


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DOE | Lani MacRae

Lani MacRae (Golden, CO) offers specific tips and superb advice to help small businesses develop capability statements that grab the attention of contracting officers.  

GSA Region 7 | Albert Garza

Albert Garza (Ft Worth, TX) offers valuable tips for connecting with business specialists, maximizing the benefits of outreach events, 'doing the contracting officer homework for them!'

1,100 Active Members
and Still Growing

In the first 6 months since its founding, the HUBZone Chamber membership has exploded. Companies nationwide are embracing the chance to strategize with each other–in LIVE conversations– before responding to Sources Sought, share wisdom and best practices.

SBA | Area III | Gary Heard

Dr. Gary Heard (Alabama) offers insights to SBA’s Certificates of Competency, CASL (Army’s Competition Advocates Shopping List), contracting officer review process and key prep required from small businesses.

SBA | Area V | Brent Owens

Brent Owens (Hill Air Force Base, Utah) discusses purchasing trends for Air Force bases, regional training for small business and contracting officers, market research and the SBA's All Small Business Mentor-Protégé program.

USDA-FSA | Alan Oakes

Alan Oakes offers perspective on the contract review process within USDA-FAM and how to seek small business opportunities within the agency.

USAF | Valerie Muck

Valerie Muck discusses the US Air Force Office of Small Business programs, how to develop strategic relationships with small business specialists, new developments in acquisition, subcontracting strategies and how companies must proactively convey how they can further the Air Force's mission.  

SBA | Area V | Colleen Burns

Colleen Burns (El Paso, TX) discusses the importance of promoting qualifications, quality research, continuing education, different contracting roles and proactive relationships with PCRs and business specialists

SBA | Area V | Sally Walton

Sally Walton (Albuquerque) offers powerful small business contracting strategies, clarifies the scope of agencies, and demystifies important regulations and limitations of sub-contracting for small business set asides.

DHS | Kevin Boshears

Kevin Boshears addresses the scope of DHS, the contract consideration process, and how small businesses can position themselves to become strategic contracting partners.

SHR Consulting | Rob Sanchious

Rob Sanchious discusses trends in government contracting and why responding fast and bringing focused solutions is critical to success. 

DAEDF | Lyle Roggow

Lyle Roggow (OK) discusses the critical support regional economic development organizations provide growing businesses including incubators and pivotal resources to help local entrepreneurs become successful.

SBA | Area III | Ken Silvia

Kenneth Silvia (Savannah), area wide PCR and CMR, provides insights on how contracting officers review market research, and offers specific technical suggestions and strategies for small business contractors

SBA | Area IV | Phil MacLean

Phil MacLean (OH) discusses important differences between OSDBUs, Small Business Specialists, and PCRs; procurement review; agency points of contact; researching historical awards, internal source lists, and subcontracting listings

SBA | Area V | Randy Marchiafava

Randy Marchiafava (New Orleans) discusses the many roles of PCRs, strategic approaches to government contracting, the power of FedBizOpps, and some lesser known SBA resources.

Marine Corps Base Quantico | Mae Mathieu

Mae Mathieu, Deputy for Small Business Programs on the Marine Corps' Base Quantico, discusses how small businesses can effectively engage government representatives using accurate capability statements, database listings, and NAICS codes.

SBA Area III | Joyce Thurmond

Joyce Thurmond (GA) Deputy Area Director of SBA Area III, discusses the importance of personal relationships with local SBA offices, researching your competition,quality preparation, and the role of PCRs.

SBA Area III | Tom Rogers

Tom Rogers (AL) PCR/ COC Specialist stresses how small businesses get more government contracts by working together, developing reliable performance records and providing needed solutions.

Dept of Education | Janet Scott

Janet Scott, Director of the Department of Education OSBDU, discusses best practices, tips and strategies to build strategic relationships with Department of Education

EPA | Denise Benjamin Sirmons

Denise Benjamin Sirmons, OSBDU Director at the EPA, discusses EPA contracts awarded to small businesses and offers tips and strategies to build strategic relationships

Introducing the Small Business Success Tips podcast

Get contracting tips and strategies from agency experts and learn how to more effectively present your services to federal sector buyers.


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