Synergy Computer Solutions is always active in the Metro Detroit community. As a certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) we work hard to further the movement of women in technology and advancing in other verticals within the workforce. This past week Synergy’s Rene’ Bryant represented our organization at the ChallengeHER summit at Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Michigan. ChallengeHer focuses on opportunities for women in federal contracting. The idea behind the program is to level the playing field and assist women in competing for government contracts. The group accomplishes this goal by familiarizing its participants with various programs such as the Women Owned Small Business Set Aside and educating individuals on the finer aspects of obtaining a government contract. The August 9th event was no exception.
The early part of the morning was spent discussing how to create set-asides through utilizing WOSB with Pamela Thompson of the Procurement Center of the U.S. Small Business Association. This session was followed up with an amazing panel discussing working with federal buyers. The three person panel consisting of the aforementioned Pamela Thompson, Bonita Carroll (Deputy for Small Business, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers), and Jeanne Schabath, (Small Business Senior Buyer, General Dynamics Land Systems) all helped answer any questions event participants had about how to deal with, how to research for, and how to effectively market to government entities in order to win a contract.
With multiple representatives from various local government agencies in attendance, the ChallengeHER event was also a useful networking event for all of the ladies in attendance. All in all, Synergy had a wonderful time at the seminar and would like to commend the sponsors of the event both locally and nationally for putting on such a value-added production. Supporting the advancement of women in government contracting? WE DO THAT!