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GSA supports White House initiative

By Ben Zabava

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From left, GSA Supervisory Contract Specialists Nicholas Uom and Rose Rafos, GSA Supervisory Business Development Specialist Jennifer Jackson, and GSA Northeast and Caribbean Region Small Business Specialist Jemeek Morris at the White House Initiative - AA & NHPI Economic Summit in New York City, April 11, 2023.

NEW YORK – On April 11, the U.S. General Services Administration’s Northeast and Caribbean Region helped promote opportunities for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities by participating in the White House Initiative – AA & NHPI Economic Summit at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center on 365 Fifth Avenue in midtown Manhattan.

“Connecting these communities with federal and local resources was as important as it was rewarding,” said Northeast and Caribbean Region Small Business Specialist Jemeek Morris, from GSA’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization. “It was a truly useful and productive day for all involved.”

Morris was one of a four-member delegation representing GSA. Other members were Supervisory Business Development Specialist Jennifer Jackson of GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service, and Supervisory Contract Specialists Rose Rafos and Nicholas Uom of GSA’s Public Buildings Service.

Event organizers split the day into two tracks: one for community and one for small business. GSA contributed to the small business track, which consisted of three modules: “Government Contracting Opportunities,” “Government Contracting Resources and Assistance,” and “Government Contract Bidding and Preparation.”

“We made a formal presentation of GSA’s procurement schedules, contracting opportunities, and market research tools during the ‘Government Contracting and Resources Assistance’ module,” Morris said. “Our team also staffed an onsite information booth for any specific, impromptu questions.”

GSA representatives left the event feeling content with both its immediate and long-term outcomes.

“Days like these don’t just help one or two specifically focused communities,” Morris said. “They also help the federal government to acquire the widest possible pool of qualified vendors for our contracts, which helps ensure the best and fairest prices for all our stakeholders across the board – especially the American taxpayer.”

For more information about GSA’s opportunities for small businesses, please visit gsa.gov/small-business.