Small Business Contracting Virtual Conference 2012


A recording of this virtual conference is now available for purchase!



About the Conference

Attend this Small Business Contracting virtual training event. Learn about regulatory issues affecting the small business environment, business development best practices, winning contracts, marketing techniques, and practical advice to thrive. Over the course of an afternoon, expect to gain knowledge from experts and small business professionals in unique collaboration with your peers and speakers for the open exchange of information and experience.

This virtual program gives you the most for your training dollars! Not only is it convenient, it’s cost-effective. This learning opportunity allows your organization to save on travel expenses and you can invite as many people as your location can accommodate.

Participants will earn Three Continuing Professional Education hours (CPE)/Continuous Learning Points (CLP) by attending this online event.

Virtual Conference Agenda

12:00pm   Program Introduction
Top 5 Legislative Updates that Impact Small BusinessPDF format
Thomas McCuin, Congressional Liaison, Department of Defense Small Business Programs
Government Contracting Business Development Best PracticesPDF format 
Ryan Reid, Founder, Bidspeed
Small Business Mandatory ReservationsPDF format
Charles M. Baker, President, MCB Lighting
Closing Remarks
Executive Director, NCMA


Thomas McCuin, Congressional Liaison, Department of Defense Office of Small Buisness Programs

 Tom McCuin is a 1989 Army ROTC graduate of the University of Miami, where he majored in Politics and Public Affairs. Since May 2012, he has been the contracted Congressional Liaison for the Department of Defense's Office of Small Business Programs, managing the office's Congressional outreach and reporting, as well as tracking and analyzing relevant legislation. He is a veteran communicator who as a contractor built the Army's communications plan for the Institutional Adaptation initiative, and as a mobilized Reservist in the Army's Office of the Chief of Public Affairs, led the media relations portion of the Army's efforts on Capitol Hill to protect the funding and control of its unmanned aerial systems, the Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter, and the Joint Cargo Aircraft. He has worked in numerous political campaigns from the local to presidential level, and in 2000 was elected to the Board of Selectmen in his hometown of Groton, Massachusetts, before deploying on the first of two combat tours in Afghanistan with the 450th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne), where he still serves as a Company Commander. 

Ryan Reid, Founder, Bidspeed  

Ryan Reid is the founder of NetQuarry, the leading Enterprise Application Infrastructure Software company for SaaS (Software-as-a-service) applications. In 2009, NetQuarry launched Bidspeed, the only Government Opportunity Based Marketing and Business Development application directly integrated with federal opportunity data sources.

Charles M. Baker, President, MCB Lighting

Founder, President, and CEO of MCB Lighting and Electrical, Inc., Charles M. Baker is very active in the community sitting on congressional panels and round tables on Capital Hill. He has also sat on the Presidential Small Business Financial Panel with Treasury Secretary Geitner and SBA Administrator Karen Mills. Mr. Baker is an Electrical and Communication Systems expert with over 25 years of experience managing electrical & communication's systems activities and energy conservation. Mr. Baker retired as the Chief of Facilities for Andrew's AFB where he managed over 1200 facilities valued at $1.78 billion. His management for work assignments and manpower planning led to an enormous quality improvement resulting in his organization being selected the best in the Air Force.

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