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[February 06, 2014]
CNN's Van Jones to Keynote 2014 GEARS Small Business Leadership Development (SBLD) Conference
(PR Web Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Lanham, Maryland (PRWEB) February 06, 2014 GEARS Inc., a leading woman-owned management consulting firm, announce that Van Jones, co-host of CNN’s Crossfire, will serve as keynote speaker at the GEARS 2014 Small Business Leadership Development Conference (SBLD), to be held March 18-19, 2014, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
Jones, co-founder of Rebuild the Dream, a platform for bottom-up people-powered innovations to help fix the U.S. economy, is a Yale-educated attorney and New York Times’ bestselling author of The Green Collar Economy and Rebuild the Dream.
He joins a number of business leaders and government contracting experts at SBLD 2014 – “Small Business, Large Opportunities,” the only program tailor-made for small businesses seeking to grow their government contracting market share.
Diane R. Roberts, President of GEARS, says the fourth annual conference is ideal for any small business looking to increase its government contracting footprint in 2014.
“SBLD was created by a small business for small businesses, which drive more than half of the U.S. economy. Our mission for being is to help other entrepreneurial firms like ours understand the dynamics of what it takes to be successful in the fast-evolving federal market.” As federal contracting opportunities increasingly require more teaming and integrated capabilities, SBLD will provide ample time for business leaders to network with their peers, contracting officers, agency officials and exhibitors.
The workshop sessions will cover a diverse range of small business contracting topics, from how to grow your business through GSA schedule contracting to ways to build high-productive teams. Sessions also will address proposal writing techniques and ways to maximize your company’s social media outreach.
Some of the workshop presenters include: Neca Smith, an expert on workplace conflict management and team building. Neca is President of AidevO People Consulting LLC and has also been featured on the Bravo channel. (pictured left). Jeff Sherry with Washington Management Group/Deltek will lead the session on the benefits of using GSA Schedules to contract with the government, Dawn Dalton with RTI International will share winning proposal strategies and Gina Watkins, Constant Contact’s Regional Development Director for the D.C. Metro Region, will explore the world of marketing through social media and email marketing.
The SBLD conferences have reached hundreds of business decision makers since the first conference launched in Atlanta in 2009. SBLD attendance is filling up fast so interested firms should register today at:
About GEARS Founded in 2002, Global Evaluation & Applied Research Solutions (GEARS), Inc., is a recent 8(a) graduate, woman-owned management consulting firm that serves as a trusted advisor to federal government agencies, public and private foundations, and other business enterprises. With offices in Lanham, MD, and Atlanta (Decatur), GA, GEARS is dedicated to helping clients find their mission-critical assets. Our divisions and institute include: -Evaluation & Applied Research -Logistics Management -Technical Assistance (TA) & Organizational Management -IT Services -GEARS Research Institute For more information, visit
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