United States
Environmental Protection
               Director's Note
               The Practices and Power of
               Collaborative Partnerships
                It has been proven that small businesses benefit
                when they do not operate independently, but
                engage  in collaborative partnerships where
                there are  relationships  of mutual trust  and
                respect, shared visions  of the goals towards
                which people  are  working, and  agreement
                on the tasks that need to be accomplished to
                achieve those goals.

                The OSDBU  would  like to  share  some
                tips  obtained from experience  as  well as
                collaboration  experts  in various industries
                which may be helpful to your organization.
                This  edition of the  OSDBU  News  will
                highlight useful resources which confirm the
                very  power of  collaborative partnerships,
                which can be summarized as relationships that
                provide opportunities for mutual benefits and
                results beyond those any single organization
                could realize alone.
                                                                                            Fall 2005
                                             I hope that you find this Fall edition, with the
                                             theme Collaborative Partnerships,  valuable
                                             as  your company continues  to  experience
                                             operational  success  through  this  effective
                                             management approach.

                                             As an introduction to the how to's and benefits
                                             of collaborative partnerships  highlighted in
                                             this edition, provided below  is  descriptive
                                             listing of noted characteristics of collaborative

                                                •  Collaborative partnerships have a
                                                   unique organizational structure and
                                                   operate differently than other types of

                                                •  Strong arguments exist  both for
                                                   and against using a written formal
                                                   agreement among partners.
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        Collaborative partnerships begin with
        centralized leadership, but leadership
        responsibilities are more widely shared
        as partnerships evolve.

        Collaborative partnerships build
        relationships within the community.

        Collaborative partnerships are people

        Collaborative partnerships need to have
        a clear vision of their purpose.

        Stakeholders share a commitment to
        finding solutions.

        Collaborative partnerships provide
        a communication network to finding

        Collaborative partnerships change
        attitudes within the community.

        Local government involvement in
        collaborative partnerships is crucial for
        long-term sustainability.
                             Read and Reflect,

                    Jeanette L. Brown, Director
        Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
 Maximizing Effectiveness

 Experts  in the  Department  of Educational
 Psychology,  University  of  Calgary  provide
 the  following explanation  of  collaboration:
 Collaboration  involves a certain mind set and
 certain  attitudes  that are also present in  true
 partnerships. In a true collaboration, there is a
 shared need to work together coupled with a
 mind set that views all players as being equally
 important  for  the  success   of  the  common
initiative. In order for the collaboration to work,
all of the people involved need to have a shared
perspective: A common need and a mutual respect
for each others'  contributions.  Although there
may be a designated chair person, collaboration
is  not  a game of leaders  and  followers, it  is
a game of mutuality. Thus, the chair may be
responsible for conducting a meeting, but the
processes  engaged in, and  the decisions  made,
are the result of "group-think." Moreover, the
actions resulting from the decisions  are shared
amongst group  members.  To  all intents  and
purposes, a collaboration functions according to
the following dictum: "Let's work together on
this, figure out together what it is we  want to do
and how we will go about doing it, and share the
credits for success."

This   source  indicates  that   most  effective
partnerships and collaborations are characterized
by relationships that are:

    •   Mutually rewarding. Everyone feels
       like there are deriving benefits from the
       collaboration. There is value added for
       the time spent working collaboratively.

    •   Mutually trusting. Over time,
       participants learn to trust each other and
       develop confidence that there will be
       no back-stabbing and that people can
       be counted on to keep their promises.
       Collaborations work, but they  take time
       to develop.

    •   Equally valued. All participants are
       valued for their contributions.  Some
       participants may seem to contribute
       more than others, but participants
       have differing amounts of resources to
       contribute. There is acknowledgment
       that participants contribute in different
       ways, so it seems that people are
       making different, but equally important
       contributions, not more or less valuable.

    •   Based on similar or complimentary
       professional and social strengths.
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Collaboration is easiest when people see
"eye to eye" on issues and approaches.
However, when there is a diverse group,
there often is a larger resource pool of
skills, talents, and perspectives. Provided
a shared mind set can be developed,
collaborations amongst diverse groups
of people can be very effective.

Participants share a common vision.
There is an agreement on the purpose of
the collaboration and the goals towards
which people are working. Participants
feel ownership for the shared vision,  are
willing to commit resources to it, and are
comfortable with forgoing personal gain
in the interest of assisting the group.

Shared value system. In the short
term, people may agree to overlook
differences in their value systems, in
order to work towards the common
vision. After all, they just have to work
together,  not necessarily be best friends.
However, people will need to be patient
and understanding, as well as value and
respect individual differences in order
for the collaboration to work in the long-
term. For this to happen, there typically
needs to be a substantial  agreement
on some  core set of common values.
This is particularly true in business
relationships, where people can work
together with a common goal in the short
term, but end up with irreconcilable
differences in the long run.

Shared decision-making.
Collaborations involve shared power.
Collaboration involves giving up some
individual power, but collectively more
power is  created because everyone
contributes to the system. Paradoxically,
power is  gained by giving it away.

Diverse membership and the
encouragement of multi-disciplinary
efforts. There is respect for and
   encouragement of divergent opinions,
   BUT there is a focus on developing a
   common point of view. "Can I live with
   this decision?" and "Does this take us
   in the desired direction?" become the
   guiding questions, rather than "Is this
   the best possible deal for the group I

•  Leaders who are ready to restructure
   for change. The participants involved in
   the collaboration, and the organizations
   they represent, need to be willing to
   give up some things in favor of making
   the collaboration work. If people are
   entrenched in their points of view
   and in their organization structures
   then collaboration is more difficult to

•  Mutually rewarding. There is a
   recognized tangible pay-off for all

•  Consensus building. Exploring
   common ground and talking through
   areas of disagreement to reach a shared
   point of view become the norm, rather
   than voting on issues under discussion.

Collaboration is noted as yielding many
benefits. Among the most noteworthy  are the

•  Reduced competition for diminishing
   resources. When people work together
   towards common goals, they are not
   fighting each other to see who can get
   the largest portion of the funding pie.

•  Elimination of service duplication.
   Working together towards common
   goals reduces the likelihood that several
   agencies will not be developing the
   same, or similar, programs and products.
   Sharing is more cost-effective than
   developing several versions of the same

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       Diversified problem-solving. Often the
       diversity in a collaboration brings fresh
       perspective to a problem and generates
       novel solutions.

       Increased inter-agency understanding.
       Collaboration typically increases
       people's awareness of the perspectives
       of others, and the agencies they
       represented. This promotes greater
       harmony amongst people and agencies
       and reduces friction.

       Renewed sense of professionalism.
       True collaborations seem to spawn
       increased commitment to participants'
       work roles, increased vigor for their job
       duties, and heightened expectations for
       their service recipients.
 Resource  Sharing
 According  to  The  Department  of  Local
 Government and Regional Development,  local
 government  continues  to  face challenges in
 meeting growing  community  expectations to
 expand the range and quality of services provided
 within budget constraints. There are a range of
 options that may be able to effectively combine
 more efficient service delivery with vibrant local
 democracy. It is further noted that across states
 there are a  wide  variety  of resource  sharing
 arrangements that are resulting in:

    •  Providing councils with  more  buying
       power for savings and the ability to afford
       the latest technology to deliver services;

    •  Improving the ability to  afford specialist
        skills in regional areas; and

    •   Savings from efficient operations
Essential  Elements
The New Horizons/or Collaborative Partnerships
has identified three essential elements associated
with  successful   collaborative   partnerships,
namely networking, leadership, and vision.


Collaborative  efforts   are   strengthened  by
networking, which enables one to  draw upon
multiple resources and build a team to accomplish
the desired objectives. An important  networking
skill  is the ability to  identify the resources that
are  available  within the  community.  These
resources  include both financial resources and
human resources. When an idea is developed
appropriately, multiple individuals are frequently
eager to become  involved with the venture. It
takes a  community of individuals  all working
together  to be  successful.  The  development
and maintenance of effective  working teams is
fundamental to advancing the successfulness of
community endeavors.


Another  necessary  element  of collaborative
partnerships is that  of good leadership.  The
credibility  of  the  leader is paramount  to  the
success   of the  venture;  leadership  entails
inspiring stakeholders to devote energy, time,
and  resources toward  a  positive  endeavor.
Leaders need  to be able to transform practice
cultures to achieve the desired outcomes. Experts
suggest  that  successful leaders will  motivate
the group to achieve outcomes that exceed the
prospects  of the  endeavor. Leaders must  take
the time to investigate the issues and become
knowledgeable about the possible opportunities
for success to occur.  They need  to remain
visible, enthusiastic, and actively involved with
the goals  of the  organization for the outcomes
to be successful.  Leadership authors  note that
leaders need to be willing to persevere  and to
take  risks  as  they develop  new opportunities
for addressing the challenges identified by key
stakeholders. However, leaders also need to be
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able to trust the group  members.  One  expert
wrote that a leader identifies the responsibilities
for the  different individuals involved  in  the
program but then needs to get out of the way and
let them do the jobs assigned. The reputations of
the members of the group also play an enormous
part in the success of the project. Laying a sound
foundation of leadership and membership for the
collaborative efforts can be time-consuming,  but
in the long run is invaluable to the success of the


The success of  a collaborative project requires
that everyone on the team be actively captivated
by the mission  and/or goals of the group. The
Institute of Medicine noted the importance of a
system identifying its shared purpose; this allows
for a core set of principles to be developed to
guide the innovation or partnership. A leadership
expert  concluded,  "...leadership  is therefore
about influence, but it is also about inspiration
-  those with the inspiration to inspire  belief in
ourselves".  Another expert stated "inspirational
leaders instill  an intrinsic  drive that is  fueled
by a  higher purpose, a  sense  of mission, and
a  commitment to a vast array of possibilities",
and added that inspired individuals engage a
"fire of passion" for the vision of the project that
results in an inherently and  independently driven
success for the endeavor.

Vision comes from the leader. Without the leader
taking the initiative to  excite the committee,
the efforts  of  the  group  frequently  become
fragmented  and ineffective. A shared  vision
held by all partners is an essential early  step in
the partnering process. According to one  author,
".. .worthwhile work involves understanding the
work and knowing how the work helps others".
Once steadfastness to the goal is developed,  the
enthusiasm for the consortium seems to fall into

In  summary,   according  to  New  Horizons
for  Collaborative   Partnerships,  partnership
opportunities are there for  the taking when one
remains cognizant of trends  and issues within
communities, organizations, and the profession.
Being prepared to take the initiative is also very
important as one project may mesh or overlap
into another. An understanding  of the process
of  collaboration enables  leaders  to  develop
and manage the environment to meet the needs
identified  within the community. The elements
of  networking,  leadership, and vision  are  all
important as relationships between stakeholders
are developed.  By carefully addressing each of
these areas,  partnerships become  strong,  and
beneficial outcomes follow.
Best Practices

INNOVA  Learning  reported  the  following
emerging best practices as a result of government-
voluntary sector collaboration

     •   Collaboration means both sectors
         come to the table as equal partners

     •   Develop knowledgeable civil servants
         who understand and support voluntary
         sector activities

     •   Champions within government
         departments are needed to carry the
         message and win others over.

     •   Recognize that the process of building
         good working relationships takes time.

     •   The process of working together is as
         important as the product in increasing
         understanding between the sectors

     •   Balance autonomy and accountability

     •   Build relationships based on mutual
         trust and respect.
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 Guidelines For Effective
 Partnering Relationships

 The Corporate Partnering Institute presents the
 following principles in a partnering relationship
 that must  be understood and accepted by all

 1. Staying the long haul.

 Collaboration demands effort, time, patience
 and seeing the big picture. Increased audiences
 or substantial cost savings are not always
 immediately evident but may, infact, be the
 resulting synergy of new systems.

 2. Common Goals.

 It is no longer us versus them. It must only be
 us in order to achieve maximum synergy. Each
 partner must translate its individual goals into
 common goals towards which all partners are

 3. Transparent Communications.

 Building trust and confidence in each other
 demands a timely, accurate, and open exchange
 of information. Nothing can be held back nor
 kept under wraps if this relationship is going to

 4. Teamwork.

 The process of partnering is as important as
 the substance. Patience must rule the day as
 opposed to expediency. Start from the premise
 that initial trust in the partnership is fragile and
 easily broken. Then strengthen and build this
 trust through

 actions that build the team rather than any
 individual player.

 5. Create Value.

 There is no reason to partner if value is
 not created for the individual partners. It is
 incumbent on the partners to pool their core
competencies to create a larger whole. Each
must do what it does best, and through the
combined effort of all, a new and otherwise
unattainable value is secured. This is a win-win

6. Behave Ethically.

When entering a collaboration the highest
ethical standards of behavior must rule the day.
Each partner must act as he expects his partners
to act. The first sign of chicanery or duplicitous
behavior will explode the partnership. The key
is to enter into the partnership without a hidden
agenda and with a full understanding of the
nature, activities, ownership and reputation of
your partners. If you don't collaborate, you may
be working too hard for too little return on your
investment of precious human, financial, and
physical resources. Find a partner whenever you
can for the various projects that you undertake.
Make each partnership a strategic business
relationship that benefits both parties as well as
the community. Like any successful endeavor,
there will be hazards and barriers along the
way. Know what they are, and overcome them
in order to achieve a strategic collaboration that
Questions To Ask Before
Pursuing Partnerships

Pathways to College, in its curriculum entitled
"Implementation Tools, Building Collaborative
Partnerships",   suggest   that  the  following
questions  should be asked before  pursuing
partnerships.  These questions help to determine
whether an organization is prepared to engage in
a collaborative partnership.

   •   Have you completed research on all
       prospective partners?

   •   Can you describe the partnership's goals
       and objectives in simple terms?
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      Can you identify the fundable parts of
      your project?

      Can you really accomplish these goals?

      Do you have tools to measure the
      success of the project?

      Do you have a proven evaluation

      Do you have assurance of dedication to
      the goals?

      Can you list the resources you are willing
      to bring to the table to accomplish these

      Do you have established ways to
      coordinate with other community

      Can you describe the relationship with
      the communities you plan to serve?
EPA  Leading By Example
The EPA has experienced positive results in
developing collaborative partnerships to better
serve small businesses and to better facilitate
the contracting and subcontracting process.
Provided below are examples of how the EPA
participates in and promote collaborative
partnerships which have resulted in tremendous
economies of scale:
Watershed Working  Lands

Better Water Quality Through Better
Government Collaboration held
April 18-19, 2005 in Raleigh, NC
This series of meetings involved water quality
and other natural resource agency leaders (EPA,
USD A, DOT, etc.) at the Federal, State, and local
levels, together with appropriate  participation
by  regional  and  national  headquarters  staff.
The summit  focused on leadership principles,
concepts   and   practices    necessary    for
collaborative  decision-making at the state level
by Federal and State agencies, and subunits of
state government.
Community Involvement
Conference and Training

July 12-15, 2005, in Buffalo, New York

The theme of the conference was, "Building
Bridges  Through  Strong  Partnerships"  and
focused  on  how collaborative  partnerships
can improve environmental public education,
community involvement, and decision-making.

This  annual conference was designed for EPA
and its federal, state, local and tribal partners
who  plan  and implement EPA's  community
involvement, partnership, outreach and education
programs. The  conference  provided a diverse
and unique educational program—one in which
presenters  and participants freely exchanged
information  and  learned  from  each  other.
Conference speakers, representing a wide variety
of stakeholders, shared how they were involving
communities in the protection of our air, water,
and land. Over 400 people attended this event.
EPA  Earns High
Ombudsman Marks

The  Small  Business Administration National
Ombudsman's recent annual report to Congress
awarded high marks  to  the  EPA  for  fairly
enforcing federal regulations.
A ratings, the highest, were awarded in five major
categories. Quality of Response to specific small
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business comments by a high-level representative
or the program office, and answering comments
well, earned an A. Working hard to comply with
its policy prohibiting retaliatory actions against
complainants  also earned an A, as did all the
Compliance Assistance steps the Agency takes to
inform and advise small businesses on the rules
and on how to comply with them. Also rated A
were EPA attendance at Regulatory Enforcement
Fairness Hearings, as well as the Agency's work
to Inform  Small  Businesses  of  their  rights,
including access to the Office of the National

These high ratings reflect the EPA commitment
to working collaboratively with federal and state
agencies,  industry  including  small  business,
educational institutions and  others whenever
possible to carry out the important mission of
protecting human health and the environment.
 EPA, Interior, Army,
 To Work Together In
 Removing  Health Risks At
 Tar Creek,  Oklahoma
The 40 square mile Tar Creek Superfund Site in
northeastern Oklahoma is part of the 1,188 square
mile historic zinc and lead mines known as the
Tri-State Mining District in Missouri,  Kansas,
and Oklahoma.  The  district's historic lead and
zinc production ranks as  one of the highest in
the world, with total ore production estimated
to have  been slightly more the 0.5 billion short
tons, with production high during World War II.
Mining began in the  early 1900's and continued
until the 1960's.

The by-products of the mining operation were
highly acidic mine  water  and  large amounts
of  discarded mine and mill tailings, discarded
in chat piles or settling ponds. The principle
pollutants  are lead,  cadmium, and zinc,  and
chat was freely used  and placed throughout the
area by individuals and municipal and county
agencies. There are approximately 30,000 people
residing in the area, and most of the land on the
Tar Creek site is allotted Indian Land.
What Is The Gulf of Mexico
The Gulf of Mexico Program  was formed in
1988 by the Environmental Protection Agency
as a non-regulatory, inclusive partnership to
provide a broad geographic focus on the major
environmental issues in the Gulf. The mission
of the Program is " to facilitate collaborative
actions to protect,  maintain,  and restore the
health and productivity of the Gulf of Mexico
in ways  consistent with  the  economic well-
being of the Region." The partnership includes
representation from state and local governments
and the citizenry in each of the five Gulf States;
the private sector (business and industry); federal
agencies responsible for research, monitoring,
environmental protection,  and  natural resource
management; and the academic community.
EPA News

New Administrator Visits
Program Offices
On  May 4,  2005,  EPA's new  Administrator,
Stephen L. Johnson, visited the Judiciary Square
Building, where OSDBU and other EPA program
offices  and contractors are housed.  OSDBU
hosted  a welcoming breakfast in honor of the
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visit.   In his message to EPA's  employees,
Administrator Johnson stated:

    I am humbled and honored that President
    Bush has entrusted me with the leadership
    of this  great Agency.   During EPA's 35
    years, our experiences have taught us what
    works, as well as what can be  done better
    to improve  our  environment and  protect
    public health.  We have learned that sound
    scientific  research and  analysis  are  the
    foundation for our work  and the genesis of
    our future successes. In order to  advance the
    credibility of our actions, I will  continue to
    promote transparency as a key to successful

    To face the new challenges of national and
    global  concern, I will encourage  EPA to
    fully integrate innovation, flexibility and
    collaboration at the local, state,  national,
    and international levels.  The  United States
    has proven to the world that environmental
    success and economic  growth can go hand-
    in-hand, and I will further this  progress in
    EPA's actions.

    I know  that our mission  cannot be  realized
    without your continued commitment and
    dedication. I am grateful for each of you and
    the work you do to leave the next generation
    with a safer, healthier environment in which
    to live, work, and play.
EPA SDVOSB  Counseling
Session and Trade  Fair

EPA has attained yet another milestone in service
to the small business industry  by conducting
its first Service Disabled Veteran Owned  Small
Business (SDVOSB)  Counseling  Session and
Trade Fair on Thursday, August  11, 2005  at the
Marriott Hotel  at Metro Center. The purpose of
this event was to facilitate EPA's strategies of
1.    Encouraging     contract    opportunities
exclusively  for SDVOSBs;  2.  Encouraging
and facilitating participation by SDVOSBs  in
competition for award of Agency  contracts; 3.
Providing  SDVOSBs  an opportunity to  speak
with EPA's contract and progam managers; and
4. Provide SDVOSBs and other Federal agencies
an opportunity  to meet.

The  agenda for the  event was packed with
exciting opportunities  for  information sharing
and networking, in keeping with EPA's goal of
assisting SDVOSBs in  doing business with EPA.
From  the informative speakers, to the motivating
ribbon-cutting   ceremony,  to  the interactive
exhibits,  to  the   identification  of Resource
Officials, this  event truly made  its  mark  on
business owners in attendance.  A highlight of
the event  was  the opportunity  for SDVOSBs
to attend  one-on-one  counseling  sessions  to
receive counsel and advice on opportunities and
assistance  in understanding EPA's  procurement
process and culture.

Cassandra  R.  Freeman,   Deputy  Director,
OSDBU,  set  the  tone for  the  day in  her
introductory  remarks where she expounded  on
efforts to implement the EPA strategic plan and
the goal of having each attendee  to leave  the
event  with valuable knowledge and contacts to
help in the Federal contracting process.

Jeanette L. Brown, Director, OSDBU, provided
encouraging  remarks to the attendees, stressing
EPA's commitment to this initiative as endorced
by the participation of key program managers
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 and  representatives from  EPA's  Office  of
 Administration and Resources Management.

 The  group  was further encouraged by many
 other speakers, including Steve Johnson, EPA
 Administrator, who  personally thanked veterans
 for their sacrifices, commended veterans for
 taking advantage of the opportunity to own
 businesses  and  contribute  to  the  economic
 growth of the nation, and confirmed the support
 of EPA to the success of SDVOSBs.

 HCD  International,  OSDBU's  newsletter
 contractor, attended the event as a roving reporter.
 Provided below is a sample of comments obtained
 from attendees regarding the event:

    •   "The speakers' comments showed a
        commitment to SDVOSB goals and to
        what they are promising to do. I look
        forward to the one-on-one session."
    •   "My organization has not had much
        experience with EPA, but we are here to
        hook-up with other businesses and learn
        how to enter into the EPA market."
    •   "This event is very well organized."

 Stay tuned for other events where information
 will be disseminated on matching small
 business services with EPA needs by visiting the
 EPA website atwww.epa.gov/osdbu.
  DoD  Conference for
 On June 13-15, 2005, the Department of Defense
 (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs
 (VA)  sponsored  a conference  in Las  Vegas
 for  Service-Disabled  Veteran-Owned  Small
 Businesses.  EPA was represented by OSDBU
 Director  Jeanette  Brown,  Deputy  Director
 Cassandra Freeman, as well as Special Assistant
 to the Director Susan Galliher, Norman White of
the Cincinnati Procurement Office, Jerry Dodson
of the RTF Procurement Office, and Region 8's
MBE/WBE  Coordinator,  Marshell  Pullman.
The conference was a huge success, with a full
capacity of 800 registrations being sold out prior
to the opening day. A large number of Veteran-
Owned Businesses visited the EPA table to share
their capabilities, obtain information about EPA
contract opportunities,  and  seek guidance on
how to  pursue business with  EPA.  Some  of
the  Veteran-Owned firms  walked away  with
commitments to start providing services to EPA.
OSDBU is now working with DoD and VA to
plan next year's conference, which  may also be
held in Las Vegas in June 2006.
Jeanette Brown Elected
Chair of OSDBU Directors
The  interagency  OSDBU  Directors  Council
elected EPA's OSDBU Director, Jeanette Brown,
to chair the Council in FY2006,  which  began
on October 1, 2005.  Ms. Brown's initiatives
for the Council this year include improvements
to the www.OSDBU.gov website,  increased
coordination  between  Federal  agencies  to
alleviate some of their duplication of efforts, and
reducing the  number of small business  events
scheduled for the  same dates.  At  the Council's
October 20 meeting, Ms. Brown voiced her
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renewed energy and eagerness to take the Council
to new heights in providing services for the small
business community, minority institutions,  and
trade associations.
16th Annual OSDBU
Procurement Conference

The OSDBU  Directors  Council met  in  early
October to start planning the 16th Annual OSDBU
Procurement Conference. The conference will
be held April 20, 2006, at Show Place Arena in
Upper Marlboro, Maryland. The last conference
attracted  more than 40 Federal agencies and
2,600  participants  from  around the  country.
Participants included large businesses that were
looking for small businesses capable of providing
subcontracting services.

It is anticipated that next year's conference will
be bigger and  better than ever, including break-
out sessions on:

   1)  Emergency response contracting (e.g.,
      hurricanes, space shuttle, and other

   2)  Doing Business with the Government/
      Teaming and Partnerships;

   3)  Women-Owned Businesses; and

   4)  Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small

EPA's  OSDBU is taking the lead  on planning
this event. Information regarding the conference
will soon be available on the www.OSDBU.gov
OSDBU Awards Ceremony

On October 27, 2005, EPA's OSDBU sponsored
the Administrator's 17th Annual Small Business
Awards  Ceremony  at EPA Headquarters  in
Washington, D.C.  Awards were presented to
small businesses, large businesses, state and local
entities, EPA personnel, and 5 offices from EPA's
Headquarters, the Regions, and  a laboratory for
their extraordinary efforts in support of EPA's
small  business  program.   The  OSDBU office
congratulates and thanks the award recipients.
MSIRP Conference

The second strategic planning meeting for the
third Minority Serving Institutions  Research
Partnerships  (MSIRP)  Conference was  held
in Washington on May 19 - 20,  2005.  The
meeting  was hosted  by  the Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Small and
Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU).
OSDBU Director Jeanette Brown welcomed over
60 representatives of  governmental  agencies,
corporations,  small   businesses,   university
presidents, provosts and faculty from MSIs who
participated. Other federal agencies participating
in the  meeting included the U.S.  Department
of Interior; NASA; Department of the Army;
Department of Health and  Human  Services;
Department of Homeland Security; Department
of Energy; Department of  Commerce; and the
Small Business  Administration.    Ms. Brown
expressed  pleasure with the meeting and the
interest and participation of those who attended.
Ms. Brown stated "We're off to a great start and
the enthusiasm and momentum is apparent. There
is still much to be done but I believe we have the
necessary components to carry that momentum
forward and deliver an excellent conference."

Several presentations were made by EPA officials
about various programs   within EPA whose
missions overlap with the goals of the upcoming
MSIRP'06 conference.  EPA helps to educate
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 the public about the environment and furthers
 its  mission  through  research grants, graduate
 fellowships and contracting opportunities. While
 most of the programs seek to provide educational
 opportunities for talented students atMSIs, others
 specifically relate to public health concerns and
 minority  business  development.   Ms.  Brown
 discussed  the OSDBU Office,  which develops
 programs to encourage the involvement of small,
 disadvantaged  and  women-owned  businesses
 and to make these businesses more competitive
 in contracting and grant opportunities. OSDBU
 also provides outreach in the form of training
 seminars,  mentoring, counseling and advocacy
 for these target populations.

 Roberta Miller,  from the Office  of Research
 and Development, outlined the EPA Internship
 Program   that   targets  engineering,  public
 policy and  administration  majors.   Jonathan
 Newton from  EPA's  Office  of Civil  Rights
 discussed  the  objectives  of the  office, which
 include dissemination  of information and grant
 opportunities for MSIs. Edsel Brown, from the
 Office of Technology,  talked about that office's
 interest in the development of women-owned
 businesses that provide free training classes.

 The goal of the MSIRP'06 Conference, slated for
 February 2-4, 2006, is to encourage sustainable
 business  and educational  partnerships  among
 governmental  agencies,  businesses, industry
 and institutions of higher learning, particularly
 Minority    Serving   Institutions,    including
 Hispanic Serving Institutions, Historically Black
 Colleges  and Universities, and Tribal Colleges
 and Universities. MSIRP'06 will be held on the
 campus of The University of Texas-Pan American
 in Edinburg, Texas.
Regional News
Coordinators Receive

On October 25-27, 2005,  the OSDBU  office
provided training  for the  Minority  Business
Enterprise/Women  Business Enterprise (MBE/
WBE) Coordinators from EPA's ten Regions, the
Office of AcquisitionManagement in Washington,
D.C., the Cincinnati Procurement Center, and the
RTF Procurement Center in Research Triangle
Park, North Carolina. The theme of the training
was, "Getting on the Same  Page."  The MBE/
WBE  Coordinators were provided training on
revisions to EPA's procurement forms; outreach
tips and assistance;  outreach best  practices;
various databases that MBE/WBE  Coordinators
need to understand to  do  their job; training
resources;  an  overview  of the  procurement
process;  direct  procurement responsibilities;
compliance best practices; the Service-Disabled
Veteran-Owned  Small Business  Program; and
building regional websites. During the third day
of training, the Coordinators participated in the
Administrator's  annual awards ceremony.  One
evening, a special dinner was held to celebrate
Marie McPeak's upcoming retirement in Region
10 (Seattle, Washington)  and her many years of
service to  EPA's small business program. The
MBE/WBE Coordinators are all listed on the last
page of this newsletter, along with their telephone
numbers and e-mail addresses.
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Region 6 Tribes
Our tribal partnerships recognize tribes' authority
to administer their own environmental programs.
Working   government-to-government,    EPA
provides a broad range  of  support  for tribes'
environmental  work.  Through   coordination
and cooperation,  advocacy,  strategic planning,
training and grants, EPA assists tribes in fulfilling
their environmental goals.

State Information

Many  federal  environmental  laws  include  a
prominent  role for states. EPA's  partnerships
with states  have evolved far  beyond  shared
responsibilities  as co-regulators. The results are
more innovative and effective protection of our
environment and public health.

Today   most   environmental  regulation   and
enforcement is done  by  states.  EPA provides
a comprehensive  package of planning,  policy,
technical, analytical and  information resources
to support their  activities.  Working together
allows us to address not just the effects, but also
the causes of pollution. It allows us to go beyond
what  the law  requires,   using  environmental
regulations as  a foundation for what we can
accomplish, not a ceiling.

EPA continues to expand its  traditional role
by fostering creative  collaborative solutions to
complex environmental problems.

Follow this link for more information.

               Cybertravel Guide
Please take the time to ensure that someone in your
business is assigned the task of traveling to key
websites so you can remain knowledgeable about
collaborative partnerships.

For New Horizons for Collaborative Partnerships,
visit http://www.nursingworld.org/ojin/topic26/

For The Department of Local Government
and Regional Development, visit http:
partnerships .asp

For INNOVA Learning, visit

For The Corporate Partnering Institute, visit http:

For Information from the Department of Educational
Psychology, University of Calgary, visit http://
northwin.ca/board/misc/b ryanhiebert.html

We will see you next quarter with more websites to
add to your Cybertravel Guide.
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   Calendar of  Events
December 8
December 8
December 14
January 24-25
January 25-26
February 2-4
February 3-4
February 6-9
February 22-23
February 26-
March 2
March 7
Service Disabled Veterans Small
Business Counseling Day
WA Technology Center &
Snohomish County Economic
Development Council Defense &
Security Grants Conference
5th Annual Small Minority &
Business Owners Conference
National Veterans
Entrepreneurship Conf.
Connecticut Minority
Construction Expo
2006 Minority Serving
Institutions (MSIRP'06) Research
Partnerships Conference
Metropolitan Business League
Annual Economic Conference
and Membership Awards Banquet
20th Annual National Reservation
Economic Summit & Amer. Indian
Bus. Trade Fair
6th Annual Economic
Empowerment & National
Women's Leadership Conf. 2006
Waste Management Symposium
Alliance MID-Atlantic Small
Business Procurement Fair
633 3rd Street, NW
Washington, DC
Seattle, WA
City of San Antonio & Bexar County
Deborah Bradford
San Francisco, CA
Connecticut Convention Center
UTPA, Edinburg, Texas
Richmond, VA
Las Vegas, Nevada
Hamilton Crowne Plaza
Washington, DC
Tucson, Arizona
Valley Forge Convention Center
Lament Norwood
(202) 564-0928
Kim Heuss
Renee Watson
OSDBU has identified meetings, conferences, and forums being provided across the country that may be of interest
to the small business community. Events that OSDBU will sponsor or support are identified with lead OSDBU staff
for additional information. The Calendar of Events is maintained by Tammy Thomas.  Ms. Thomas can be reached at
(202) 564-4298.
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Jeanette L. Brown, Director

Cassandra R. Freeman, Deputy Director

Susan Galliher, Special Assistant

Robert DuHart, Program Analyst

Kimberly Patrick, Attorney Advisor

Patricia Durrant, Socioeconomic Program Officer

Denean Jones, Info. Mgmt. Specialist

Lament Norwood, Program Analyst

Tammy Thomas, Management Analysis

Elnora Thompson, Office Automation Assistant

Thelma Harvey, Secretary- Contractor

Barbara Overton, Secretary - Contractor

Contact information current as of 11-05
                                OSDBU  Employee Contact List


(202) 564-0403

(202) 564-4586

(202) 564-5386

(202) 564-4738


(202) 564-0928

(202) 564-4298



(202) 564-0999











                                              EPA/OSDBU Mission
The mission of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office
of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization is to support the
protection of the environment and human health  by fostering
opportunities for partnerships, contracts, subagreements, and grants
for small and socioeconomically disadvantaged concerns.
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Agency Goals
   2006 - 2007 Goals have not been finalized by the SBA.

   The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) goals for Fiscal Year (FY) 2004/2005
   are based on estimated contract obligations of $1.2 billion for direct and $200 million for subcontract.


Small Businesses
8 (a) Businesses*
Non 8(a) Small Disadvantaged
Women-Owned Small Businesses

Service Disabled Veterans
FY '04/05 Goal
   *Since 8(a)s are SDBs, EPA in essence has an SDB goal of 9.3%.
Small Businesses
Small Disadvantaged Businesses
Non 8(a) Small Women-Owned

Service Disabled Veterans
FY '04/05 Goal
   The Federal Government purchases billions of dollars in goods and services each year that range
   from paper clips to complex space vehicles. It is the policy of the United States, as stated in the Small
   Business Act, that all businesses have the maximum practicable opportunity to participate in providing
   goods and services to the government. To ensure that small businesses get their fair share, the SBA
   negotiates annual procurement preference goals with each Federal agency and reviews the results.

Small  Business  Vendor  Profile  System

   EPA's  Small Business Vendor Profile  System is designed to  collect and display information
   concerning businesses registered with EPA's Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
   (OSDBU). The system captures information on the following types of small businesses: small; small
   disadvantaged; 8(a) certified; women-owned; Hubzone; veterans; service disabled veterans; and tribal
   businesses (Federally or State recognized). Information is also available on Historically Black Colleges
   and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACUs), and minority
   servicing institutions.
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   Small  Business  Vendor  Profile System

If you would like to be included in EPA/OSDBU's automated database go to: cfpub.epa.gov/sbvps, or complete the following
form and fax it to Denean Jones at (202) 501-0756.
Company Name*:.


E-mail Address*:.

Internet Address:

NAICS Code(s)*:

     Zip Code*
Have you done business with the EPA before*:  Q NO Q Yes, as a Prime   Q Yes, as a Subcontractor

Q Large

Q Mid-Size

Q Small


Q Federally Recognized

Q State Recognized

Q Small WOB

Q 8(a) Certified

[_| Service Disabled Veteran


\_\ HBCU


[_) Tribal College/

                           Q Other Minority

The fields marked by * are required and must be filled in.

Q African American

Q Asian-Indian

Q Asian-Pacific

Q Caucasian American


Q Hispanic

Q Native American

Q Other Minority




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Small  Business  Ombudsman
   Regulatory Assistance and  Outreach Program
   FTE Employees:
   Karen Brown
   Joyce Billions
   Elsa Bishop
   Bridgette Dent
   Earl Russell
   Angela Suber

   SEE Enrollees:
   Howard Boddie
   James Malcolm
   Esther McCrary
   Tom Nakley
   Joseph Albright
Division Director & Small Business Ombudsman
Program Analyst
Program Assistant
Summer Intern
Program Analyst
Computer Specialist
Chemical Engineer, Toxic Substances and Haz Mat
Senior Secretarial Support Staff
Civil Engineer, CWA, SDWA and Asbestos
Biologist, Asbestos, Randon and Lead
Contact #
(202) 566-2816
(202) 566-2813
(202) 566-2814
(202) 566-2819
(202) 566-2820
(202) 566-2827
(202) 566-2815
(202) 566-2821
(202) 566-2824
(202) 566-2826
(202) 566-2817
          Major Functions/Products:
                • Serve as a port of entry "gateway" for small businesses to EPA
                • Advocate for small business regulatory issues and relief inside EPA
                • Coordinate small business issues with program offices, regions, and states
                • Focus on Asbestos regulatory requirements/handle questions and complaints
                • Operate and maintain a Small Business hotline that averages 1,100 calls per month
                • Participate on regulatory development workgroups representing small business interests
                • Prepare semi-annual Newsletter that reaches over 20,000 internal and external customers
                • Organize meeting with the Deputy Administrator and Small Business Trade Associations
                • Oversee and prepare Report to Congress on the status of CAAA State Section 507 Programs
                • Manage contracts, grants and cooperative agreements to strengthen State Small Business
                  Ombudsman Technical Assistance Programs
                • Sponsor annual Small Business Regional Liaison Conference
                • Develop guidance and policies for small businesses
                • Resolve disputes between small businesses and EPA dealing with policies and regulations
                • Distribute small business publications, regulations, guidance, and tools

                • Small Businesses/Small Business Trade Associations
                • State Small Business Ombudsmen and Technical Assistance Programs
                • EPA senior managers, media offices and agency staff, EPA regions and states offices
                • Private Citizens
                • EPA Administrator and Deputy Administrator
                • Congressional representatives and staff, Governors, Environmental Counsel of States (ECOS)
                • Assistance providers, i.e., EPA Compliance Centers, Pollution Prevention Programs (P2), Small
                  Business Development Centers (SBDCs), Manufacturing Extension Partners (MEPs)
          Small Business Ombudsman —Toll Free Hotline: (800) 368-5888 Local: (202) 566-2855 Main Line: (202) 566-2822
                                 Fax: (202) 566-0954
          Contact information current as of 11-05.
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                          Request  For  Publications

                                               U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
                                    Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
                                                1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW (1230N)
                                                          Washington, DC 20460
                                                               (202) 564-4100
                                                           (202) 501-0756 (Fax)

Zip Code:_
Phone #:

                          Please Check Publications Requested

                             Q Mentor-Protege Program

                             Q Forecast of Contract Opportunities

                             [_) Contract Opportunities Under Superfund (five basic categories)

                             [_) The 8(a) Program

                             Q HUBZone Fact Sheet
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Regional  MBE/WBE  Coordinators
(CT, ME, Rl, MA, NH, VT)
Sharon Molden (617) 918-1062
U. S. Environmental Protection Agency
New England Region
One Congress Street (MGM), Suite 1100
Boston, MA 02114-2023

(NJ, NY, PR, VI)
Otto Salamon (212) 637-3417
U. S. Environmental Protection Agency
290 Broadway- 27th Floor
New York, NY 10007-1866

(DE, VA, MD, PA, DC, VW)
Romona McQueen (215) 814-5155
U. S. Environmental Protection Agency
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

(AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN)
Josephine Brown (404) 562-9634
U. S. Environmental Protection Agency
61 Forsyth Street, S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30303-8960

Adrianne Callahan (312) 353-5556
U. S. Environmental Protection Agency
77 West Jackson Boulevard (MC-10J)
Chicago, IL 60604-3507
(AR, LA, NM, OK, TX)
Debora N. Bradford (214) 665-7406
U. S. Environmental Protection Agency
First Interstate Bank Tower at Fountain Place
1445 Ross Avenue, 12th Floor, Suite 1200
Dallas, TX 75202-2733

(MO, NE, IA, KS)
Chester Stovall (913) 551-7549
U. S. Environmental Protection Agency
901 North 5th Street
Kansas City,  KS 66101

(CO, MT, WY, SD, ND, UT)
Marshall Pullman (303) 312-6499
U. S. Environmental Protection Agency
99918th Street, Suite 500
Denver, CO 80202-2405

(AZ, HI, CA, NV)
Joe Ochab (415) 972-3761
U. S. Environmental Protection Agency
75 Hawthorne Street (PMD-1)
San Francisco, CA94105

(AK, ID, OR, WA)
Marie McPeak (206) 553-2894
Valerie Badon (206) 553-1141
U. S. Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Sixth Avenue (OMP-145)
Seattle, WA 98101
                  United States
                  Environmental Protection
Norman G. White (513) 487-2024
U. S. Environmental Protection Agency
Contracts Management Division
26 West Martin Luther King Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45268

Jerry Dodson (919) 541-2249
U. S. Environmental Protection Agency
Contracts Management Division
Research Triangle Park, NC 27711

Lupe Saldana (202) 564-5353
U. S. Environmental Protection Agency
Grants Administration Division
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue (3903R)
Washington, DC 20460
Washington, DC 20460
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