10th Anniversary Awards Luncheon and Conference


National Association of Certified Government Business Enterprises (NACGBE) will celebrate its 10th Anniversary with an Awards Luncheon and Conference on Thursday, September 12th 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The “Small Business Growth Strategies Industry Day” Conference and Anniversary Celebration will be held at the Virginia Historical Society, 418 North Boulevard in Richmond, Virginia.

Conference highlights include presentations by industry experts regarding the “State of Small Business” as well as forward thinking strategies needed to continue to do business in the new technological arena.

NACGBE is comprised of Small businesses. As the largest buyer of goods and services worldwide, U.S. government agencies spend billions each year with companies that make and do almost everything – from toilet paper and computer parts to engineering services and management consulting.

But despite the wealth of opportunities to work for Uncle Sam, the toughest task for small businesses is, often, winning the contract. This may be especially true for small businesses whose owners come from historically disadvantaged groups – such as women, minorities, or military veterans – and who traditionally have fewer resources to spend on business development.

These few facts are what inspired the creation of the National Association of Certified Government Business Enterprises (NACGBE). Established in March 2003, the Virginia-based organization represents more than 45 member businesses, most of which have been certified by the U.S. government as Small Disadvantaged Businesses and are enrolled in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Business Development program. Other members are Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB).

NACGBE’s goal is to promote 8(a) and SDVOB companies as a vital part of all government contracting activities. By joining together, our member companies can pool resources to learn about new opportunities in the public sector. We can share expertise with new 8(a) companies that are learning how to navigate government maze. And we can lobby more effectively as a group.

As certified businesses in the SBA’s 8(a) program, NACGBE members already receive SBA business development guidance, but the purpose of NACGBE is to allow such companies the ability to share experiences and maximize their resources.