Thursday, May 18, 2017

FY16 Small Business Administrator's Cup Award


Earlier this week, Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot and I traveled to Stennis Space Center, (SSC) located near Bay Saint Louis Mississippi to present the FY16 NASA Small Business Administrator’s Cup Award. This award has been presented to the NASA center that has the best overall agency small business program yearly since 2008. SSC also received this prestige award previously in 2011.

NASA Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot (l) and Associate Administrator of the Office of Small Business Programs Glenn Delgado (r) present the 2016 NASA Small Business Administrator’s Cup for small business excellence to Stennis Director Rick Gilbrech during a site visit May 17. Credits: NASA/SSC
In FY2016, Stennis’s team strongly supported the agency’s effort to promote and better integrate all small businesses into the competitive base of NASA contractors, leading to its most successful overall year on record with regard to the percentage of small business awards. Stennis increased in all small business subcategories and went from meeting two small business goals in FY15 to all five in FY16, making it one of only two NASA centers to meet all federally mandated small business goals.

I’d like to recognize Mr. Robert Watts, who, while acting as the Stennis small business specialist, earned the FY16 Small Business Specialist of the Year Award. SSC is only the second center to have both the reigning Small Business Specialist of the Year as well as the Small Business Administrator’s Cup. This is in no small part due to the efforts of SSC Center Director Dr. Richard J. Gilbrech, Procurement Officer Mr. Robert Harris, and all the technical and acquisition personnel at SSC.  

Participants in the presentation of the 2016 NASA Small Business Administrator’s Cup on May 17 included Stennis Office of Procurement Director Rob Harris (l) and former Stennis Small Business Specialist Robert Watts. Watts received the NASA Small Business Specialist of the Year award earlier this spring for his work at Stennis. He recently accepted a position at Johnson Space Center. Credits: NASA/SSC
Congratulations to all those at the Stennis Space Center who contributed to this well-deserved honor and for the outstanding achievements they accomplished during FY-16.   

Monday, May 1, 2017

NASA Celebrates National Small Business Week

NASA is excited to celebrate National Small Business Week April 30-May 6, 2017. This event recognizes the contributions that small business owners across the country make daily. At NASA, we are marking the event in a big way. It’s no surprise that we here in the Office of Small Business Programs fully support our small business partners and work hard to ensure the small businesses in our industrial base are competitive. Please take a moment to view Acting Administrator Robert M. Lightfoot’s video supporting National Small Business Week:


More information about our remarkable Small Business Advocate and Small Business Industry winners can be found at https://osbp.nasa.gov/award.html.

To amplify Mr. Lightfoot’s message, the NASA Office of Small Business Programs, in collaboration with the Technology Transfer Program and the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program, will be featuring the immeasurable impact small businesses have at NASA in a display in the West Lobby of NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC throughout the month of May.

If you’re in the area, I hope you will stop by and take a look at let us know what you think via our Twitter @NASA_OSBP or Facebook @NASASmallBusiness accounts.

I hope you will take time this week to join us in supporting your local small businesses!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Happy New Year from NASA OSBP

This year will bring unique challenges to the NASA Office of Small Business Programs, including the ongoing administration transition. While we are prepared to carry on serving the NASA small business community and the incoming leadership, I’d like to take a moment to thank former NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. Since 2009, his recognition of the contributions that small businesses make to NASA has allowed us to grow our small business base and achieve critical mission successes. Both the agency and I will miss his steadfast leadership and we wish him nothing but the best moving forward.
We are ready to face the challenges of 2017 head on. It currently appears that NASA surpassed our negotiated FY16 Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) goal; however, we will fall short of achieving the statutory goals for Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone), Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB), Service-Disabled Veteran–Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), and overall Small Business goal. 
In an effort to achieve these goals in the future, NASA developed a Small Business Improvement Plan for fiscal years 2016 and 2017. Moving forward, we will continue to focus on the following initiatives:
1. Advocacy:  Promote small business programs through advocacy and collaborative efforts with internal and external partners/stakeholders.
2. Outreach:  Promote small business awareness and participation, utilizing innovative techniques at non-traditional venues in geographically targeted areas, to enhance all categories of small business.
3. Small Business Sub-Category Improvement:  Improve Agency performance in small business subcategories by identifying, increasing, and promoting small business prime contracting opportunities.
In addition to the above initiatives, we will continue to discover innovative ways of reaching our small business base. A prime example is our ongoing HBCU/MSI Technology Infusion Road Tour with the NASA Office of Education and the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD). The Road Show is designed to assist educational institutions integrate new technology that supports the Agency’s mission while aiding NASA in making and exceeding our 1% goal for Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Serving Institution. I was excited to attend our first successful Road Show stop of the year last week at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.
We will look back on 2016 with fond memories and face 2017 with determination. Happy New Year from all of us here at the NASA Office of Small Business Programs. We look forward to working with you.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) Industry Day, August 09, 2016


I am pleased to announce that NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) Industry Assistance Office will be hosting a Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) Industry Day on August 9, 2016 from 7:30a.m. to 2:00p.m. in Greenbelt, Maryland. The event will include networking.

HUBZone companies, and all small businesses, will have an opportunity to network with NASA Small Business Specialists, contracting officers, large prime contractors and Government agencies, in addition to participating in one-on-one matchmaking sessions with the GSFC Technical Directorates.

To sign up, please register in Eventbrite. Registration closes on Friday, July 22, 2016 at midnight and all participants must be issued an event badge before accessing the facility. Access to the Center is limited to U.S. Citizens only.

If you are interested in scheduling a one-on-one matchmaking appointment with any of the Technical Directorates or have any further questions, please email the GSFC Small Business Office at GSFC-SmallBusiness@mail.nasa.gov


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Inaugural Aerospace and Defense Small Business Industry Day, June 28, 2016



I am proud to announce that NASA, in association with the Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation, will be participating at the Inaugural Aerospace and Defense Small Business Industry Day on June 28, 2016, from 8:00 a.m to 4:30 p.m in Lakewood, Colorado. The event will include a full day of workshops and networking opportunities.

This is an ideal opportunity to get information about upcoming Agency requirements, by participating in one-on-one matchmaking sessions with NASA Small Business Specialists.

To register, please visit www.nasa-aerospace-smallbizindustryday.eventbrite.com. Priority registration will be given to Colorado based companies.

For any information regarding exhibiting or sponsorship opportunities, don’t hesitate to contact Tom Livingston at (720) 544-5507 or tlivingston@jeffcoedc.org.




Monday, April 11, 2016

HBCU/MSI Technology Infusion Road Tour

A new creative initiative was proposed to me not too long ago by one of my Project Managers’, Ms. Tabisa Kalisa, on how we can better increase our partnerships and engagement with Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Serving Institutions (HBCUs/MSIs). The event would be hosted by the Office of Small Business Programs, the Office of Education and the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD). The initiative would test out a pilot program called the NASA Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Serving Institutions (HBCUs/MSIs) Technology Infusion Road Tour. At the 2nd Annual HBCU/MSI Partnerships Meeting at Marshall Space Flight Center there was great interest expressed from colleges and universities that wanted to participate in the pilot program including North Carolina Central University, The University of Texas at El Paso and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University whom were among those selected to participate in FY16. This initiative is two-fold as it is designed to help assist educational institutions integrate new technology that supports the Agency’s mission and it also aids NASA in making and exceeding our 1% goal for HBCUs/MSIs. We are also the only Agency in the government with this goal to date.

Our first event for the NASA HBCU/MSI Technology Infusion Road Tour was held at North Carolina Central University on March 22-24, 2016. I was able to attend the first two days of the event and I have to say I was quite impressed with all the enthusiasm and participation among the attendees. There were about 50 HBCU/MSI attendees and a good amount of NASA prime contractors including Boeing and SAIC that participated in the open forum Q&A. This was a good opportunity to ask questions about the Mentor Protégé Program, STMD’s Small Business Innovative Research/Small Business Technical Transfer opportunities and the Office of Education’s grant and cooperative agreement opportunities. I felt like the event was extremely productive and we took away many lessons learned to make our next event even more beneficial.



The next NASA HBCU/MSI Technology Infusion Road Tour will be on April 19-21, 2016 at The University of Texas at El Paso. Based off our first event, I have no doubt that I will be just as impressed with this one if not more. Our Eventbrite link is open where you can register and find out more details on this upcoming Road Tour
I wish everyone a happy and safe spring and thank you for reading my latest post!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

FY16 Small Business Industry Days


March 1, 2016 is just around the corner. The NASA Small Business Program will be in Pasadena, California for the Service- Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) Industry Day hosted by the NASA Management Office (NMO) and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). You can still register for the event here:SDVOSB Industry Day. Glenn Research Center (GRC) will be hosting the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Industry Day on May 7, 2016 and Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) will be hosting the Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) Industry Day on August 9, 2016.

Registration for the WOSB and HUBZone Industry Days will open a couple months before the event takes place. Please keep a lookout on our Website, Twitter and Facebook for the events to open registration and for further details.

The NASA Small Business Program holds industry days to reach out to small businesses that may not have had networking opportunities with NASA. Attending one of our industry days will provide the perfect opportunity to seek further information on how you can do business with NASA. Your business could help support our various missions here on earth and into deep space. We encourage small businesses to sign up across the nation no matter what socioeconomic category you may be!