Oshkosh Mayor to Join WPI Board of Directors  

WPI is pleased to announce Oshkosh Mayor Steve Cummings has joined its Board of Directors.

Mr. Cummings is serving his second term as Mayor and is a lifelong resident of Oshkosh. His professional career includes 17 years of working for Mercury Marine as an advertising manager and director of marketing for the company. Mayor Cummings also owned an advertising which included many areas businesses as his clients. He also serves on numerous local board including the Oshkosh Zoological Society, the Winnebago County Historical and Archeological Society and the East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission.

Mayor Cummings replaces Mayor John Dickert who recently resigned to come President and CEO of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Initiative.

"We are pleased to have Mayor Cummings join the Board of the Wisconsin Procurement Institute. He will bring a unique knowledge and expertise to the table which will support WPI's work in developing strong and success federal contractors in addition to bringing federal dollars to Wisconsin", said Bill Hughes, Partner, Husch Blackwell LLP and WPI's Board Chair. "We appreciate Mayor Dickert's 4 years on the board and wish him success in his new position. His contributions have made WPI a stronger organization."

Mayor Cummings joins WPI Board Chair Bill Hughes and Board members, Jean Marie Thiel, Belonger Corporation; Jeff Van Straten, Bentley World Packaging; Rod Copes, Titus Technologies/Heale Manufacturing; Richard Deschauer, DRS Power & Control Technologies; Baly Ambegaoker, CENTERPOINT, Inc; Herb Miller, Michels Corporation; Travis Schmuhl, Oshkosh Corporation; Jane Glass, Spacesaver Corporation; Andrew Bergholz, TAPCO; Dr. Robert M. Meyer, UW-Stout; Barb LaMue, WEDC and Aina Vilumsons, WPI.
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Affirmative Action Plans for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors

Federal (nonconstruction) Contractors must develop and maintain written affirmative action plans for each location that has 50 or more employees AND federal contracts of $50,000 or more or have Government bills of lading which in any 12-month period, total or can reasonably be expected to total $50,000 or more.
Additionally, each contractor and subcontractor must require each nonconstruction subcontractor to develop and maintain a written affirmative action plan for the same thresholds. If you have any question please contact Joseph Smetak at

FROM: EMILY HARMAN, Director, Department of the Navy, Office of Small Business Programs

DATE: July 2017
LOCATION: Appleton, WI
Last week I had the pleasure of conducting a small business workshop entitled, "Doing Business with the Government" on behalf of the Department of the Navy (DON) during Green Bay/Fox Cities Navy Week.  I, along with help from Aina Vilumsons, CEO, Wisconsin Procurement Institute and James Strube, Business Opportunity Specialist, SBA-Wisconsin office helped educate small businesses on how the DON's acquisition process works and what resources are available to assist them at the federal and local levels.

Although we could not reach out to everyone; the workshop was a success. To build on the success of that workshop, I wanted to present this blog for those of you who were not able to attend. The below information and resources will guide you in doing business with the government.

In fiscal year 2016, the Department of the Navy, which includes the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps, award about $10 million in contracts to small businesses in the state of Wisconsin. More than $3.1 million of those contracts went to small businesses located within a 50 mile radius of Green Bay. Overall, the Navy awarded about $27.5 million in contracts to both large and small businesses in the state of Wisconsin during fiscal year 2016.

While the above numbers are impressive, we are confident small businesses can play an even bigger role in the DON's acquisition process going forward. DON needs to expand additive manufacturing, adapt force packaging, grant rapid prototyping, and allow experimentation which creates opportunity for small businesses. We know that small businesses help support the warfighter by providing the products and services that support our Navy and Marine Corps sailors and Marines.

The DON OSBP website contains information to help small businesses compete for opportunities to support our Sailors and Marines. It also provides links to the DON's 10 major buying activities, information on the long range acquisition forecast (LRAF) of those activities, DON's OSBP strategic framework, and other resources that will help you understand the Navy and Marine Corps acquisition process. You can also follow DON OBSP on Facebook and Twitter to get updated information on DON OSBP upcoming outreach.

In addition to our 10 buying activities, the DON Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program, also provides opportunity for small businesses to solve tough naval capability and performance challenges by providing the DON with innovative solutions, cost savings, and  schedule efficiencies.

As you can see, the DON is committed to building a robust industrial base by creating a small business friendly culture through policy, training, and advocacy. To create this culture, our office had been raising small business awareness amongst our small business and acquisition professionals and advocating for small business inclusion throughout the acquisition lifecycle.

However, we need your help. In order to compete and win contracts with the DON you must do your homework.  The below list are things that will help prepare you to do business with the government:
  • View each buying activities LRAF to find out which activities are buying the products and services your organization provides.
  • Attend an industry day, matchmaking session, workshop or conference to understand how Navy and Marine Corps acqusition process works. (A list of DON OSBP outreach events can be found here).
  • Contact your local Small Business Professional, SBA Representative and PTAC Representative to help you find out what local resources are available to you.

Last but not least, when you get a contract....Deliver! I can't emphasize this enough, your ability to deliver is critical to providing our Sailors, Marines, and their families the supports, services and equipment needed to win the fight.  


We believe that small business inclusion is, and will continue to be, an integral part of the acquisition process. It's through the efforts of you, small business professionals in the field and other small business advocates that will help spread that message throughout the Navy and Marine Corps.  


All the Best,  



Emily Harman


Department of the Navy

Office of Small Business Programs   




NIST Releases Updated Cyber and Privacy Guidance Draft

The government's cybersecurity standards agency published a draft version of a major revision to its guidance on security and privacy controls for government and industry Tuesday.

Among other changes, the new document better integrates privacy and cyber controls, and better syncs those controls with recommendations in the National Institute of Standards and Technology's cybersecurity framework, according to an introduction from NIST Fellow Ron Ross.