AAPI SBA - Unlocking Opportunities in Federal Contracting

Wednesday, May 8, 2024 (8:30 AM - 11:30 AM) (CDT)


In recognition of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, this event is a collaboration between SBA’s Office of Government Contracting & Business Development (GCBD), the SBA Houston District Office, NASA JSC, University of Houston Apex Accelerator, Asian Chamber of Commerce, and the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce!

Small business owners are invited to attend and learn more about federal contracting opportunities and topics including: 

  • SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program – this program can be one of the most powerful tools a small business uses. This up to nine-year-term business development program aims to grow and prepare experienced small business owners who are socially and economically disadvantaged to be more competitive in the federal marketplace.

  • Business with NASA - NASA JSC representatives will provide information on how to get connected with information on procurement opportunities and the process and systems involved in responding to NASA opportunities.

  • Apex Accelerator - provide information on Teaming/Partnering and the SBA Mentor-Protégé Program. 

Session will be informative and allow for networking and Q&A.


Ms. Van Tran is the Deputy Associate Administrator for the Office of Business Development, Small Business Administration (SBA). She leads the SBA workforce responsible for the 8(a) Business Development Program, SBA’s Mentor-Protégé Program, Empower to Grow (formerly known as 7(j) Management and Technical Assistance Program). Her ability to quickly analyze complex situations and develop creative solutions is her trademark. Her focus is to consistently raise the bar of excellence in customer service.

With 20+ years of federal service, Van joined the SBA in 2013 after serving 12 years with the General Services Administration (GSA) in various roles including Program Expert in the areas of business planning and performance management, and Branch Chief for the GSA’s IT Schedule 70 Program. She played a key role in the $16 billion GSA’s IT Schedule 70 Program with its business development and strategic planning.

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Houston, TX 77027 United States
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Wednesday, May 8, 2024 (8:30 AM - 11:30 AM) (CDT)

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