MAY 6, 2020
These are stressful times for people and communities. Conspiracy theories, speculation and misinformation about COVID-19 have lead to discrimination toward people of Asian descent. We need to combat this stigmatization with facts and compassion. This virus doesn’t discriminate, and neither should we. Read our Feature Story penned by our Board Chair, which shares some insights into the subject, and take this May, which happens to be Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, to celebrate, and to stand against all forms of Asian – xenophobia.

It may seem like this will never end, but the planet is slowly opening back up. Do you have a plan for the post-pandemic business world? Strategy is key right now to laying the groundwork for recovery. Businesses must develop and be ready to implement a solid plan to bounce back from the crisis as soon as lock-downs are lifted. Harvard Business Review offers tips and a worksheet to help.

Please keep scrolling… this issue is filled Business Opportunities and with stories about our award-winning Corporate Members, and more…
Asian American Xenophobia
Chairman - Capital Region MSDC Board of Directors
Director, Small Business Programs, Intelligence & Security
BAE Systems, Inc.
As we move forward in our strategy to combat the COVID-19 Pandemic, we should be conscious of our attitude toward its inception, spread, management and potential eradication.

Although fear and anger can affect how we manage our day to day life, we should be mindful that it can be very destructive, personally and professionally. In our professional lives we place value on the ability to identify a problem or challenge and resolve it. Finding and placing blame for failure or ignoring poor performance is not a good business practice. Implementing lean practices, leveraging technology and employing high performing talent are elements of success. We often promote these tenets when advocating for minority businesses.

One of the terms embraced by Corporate America in the last decade has been Diversity and Inclusion (D&I). For many corporations the D&I Program includes hiring practices focused on woman and people of color, affinity groups and supplier diversity programs. Supporting these programs has allowed corporations to broaden their talent pool and supply chain. It is also considered an essential element of their business strategy. Industry surveys are frequently completed and achieving high scores for D&I surveys is often posted on corporate website landing pages.
Preparing Your Business for a Post-Pandemic World

Coronavirus has impacted the world at an unprecedented level - and unfortunately, the worst has yet to come. Companies need to act today in order to bounce back successfully in a post-corona marketplace. The authors suggest...

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SAIC wins the Large Business Prime Contractor of the Year (SAIC Langley Research Center) Fiscal Year 2019 Small Business Industry Awards!
Administered by the NASA’s Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP), the awards recognize outstanding contributions from small and large businesses to NASA’s science and missions.
“This year’s winners are dynamic individuals and companies that provide unparalleled support to the agency, and thankfully they are the tip of the iceberg,” said NASA’s Associate Administrator of the Office of Small Business Programs Glenn Delgado. “The small business community is overflowing with exceptional companies that are reaching new heights with creativity and innovation.” Collectively, this year’s awarded businesses have contributed more than a decade of support to dozens of NASA missions at Centers across the nation and employ more than 20,000 employees.

This year’s Large Business Prime Contractor awardee, SAIC, supports numerous NASA missions through a wide range of services. The contractor has been recognized by multiple Small Business Awards in previous years for not only its direct contributions to NASA but also its partnerships with small businesses through subcontracts.
Here are some of the latest SDVOSB Opportunities compiled by GovPurchase.
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Department Of Veterans Affairs - D318-- RightFax Support | Urgent - STL
Department Of The Interior - Bureau Of Reclamation - D--IMT Enterprise Support Solutions IDIQ
541611 - Administrative Management and General Management Consulting Services
Department Of Agriculture - Forest Service - Enterprise Support Services
Department Of Defense - Dept of the Navy - Antiterrorism Force Protection (ATFP)
561210 - Facilities Support Services
General Services Administration - Public Buildings Service - Truss Bolt Tightening and Repair
General Services Administration - Public Buildings Service - Amendment 0003, Operations & Maintenance Services
541330 - Engineering Services
Department Of Veterans Affairs - C1DA--Renovate and Expand for Clinical Services Ad
Department Of Defense - Dept Of The Army - SOF RAPTOR IV - Draft RFP
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Fraud Alert! Fake SAM Website

The NH PTAC advised last week of a new, fraudulent SAM website that is particularly concerning because it so closely resembles the real thing, including a link to a similarly detailed copy of

If you are engaging either with or, it is critical for your security that you check the URL. The phony site has the URL and is NOT in any way affiliated with US government.

You should trust and – and be alert for fraudulent look-alikes designed to steal your information.
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