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When we were kids, our Mothers told us we could be whatever we wanted to be. Well, while this may be true, there are some things that are out of our control. When you went to your Dad, and said, “I want to be a Center in the NBA”, he may have said something akin to – “the average height in our family is 6’ so, unless you experience a tremendous growth spurt; you’d better reassess your career prospects.” This same rationale applies to those of you who aspired to be Mick Jagger growing up, and while you now find yourself successful in commerce, you’re most certainly not living the life of a 60 year old rock star. The same sobriety must be applied to pursuit of GSA OASIS.

Sure, there are GSA Proposal companies; Capture Management companies; and everything in between that is willing to say anything in order to get your business. “You can win if you only…”; “we’ve got a $$$$%%%% client win-rate…”; and “we did DNA enhancements for Bill Walton….” Here’s the sober truth: at some point, you gotta grow up and recognize who you are, and start there.

Now, taking on the practicality of many of our Fathers (and a few Old Spice commercials); look carefully at that GSA OASIS evaluation checklist in the RFI; now look at your company; now look back at the checklist… you either are what it says you need to be or you’re not. There is simply not enough time for you to morph. So you realize now that your trying out on American Idol, while exciting, is probably not going to change your career path. You have 3 choices now:

  1. be a romantic and go after the impossible,
  2. develop an alternative strategy to still be part of the game, or
  3. quite. I am not much for quitters, so if chose option 3, you should stop reading now.

Now, this time; look carefully at that GSA OASIS RFI overall; now look at your company; now look back at the RFI… ahhh, yes, in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is King. You noticed that there is an embedded value proposition that you possess which you missed the first time around. It is one that is unique to each and every federal contractor – Relationships. You see, Rock Stars don’t make money without a fan base – they just as well might still be playing in their parents’ garage. What you know for certain is this: the folks that buy from you now do so because they like you. And, that is your ticket to getting backstage at the concert. Right now, you should be completing a response to the RFI – not for the purpose of competing, but for the purpose pre-selling GSA OASIS to your current clients and subsequently to the eventual Rock Stars to become a glorified Rodi.

But you have another problem… the Rock Stars don’t know who you are.

Well, we can help with that; the “Teaming Exchange” was incepted and formed for the practical purpose of meeting folks where they are, and helping as many Smalls to monetize this contract vehicle as possible – while mitigating risk for all involved. While we may not end up with every Rock Star on the planet; all we need is one U2, perhaps a Led Zepplin, and maybe a Foo Fighter; we won’t make all of the money – but we’ll certainly carve out a noticeable chunk.

To determine if our framework may work for you, forward your completed GSA OASIS RFI checklist for scoring; mailto: contracts@anvil-incus.com by May 10th for urgent consideration – after that, no guarantees on review prior to the final RFP.

If you don’t stand a chance, we’ll tell you; if you’re a Rodi, but not Rock Star material, we’ll tell you that too. But whatever you are, we will meet you “where you are” and help find a way to get you a job at the concert – being a Rodi, and making money, beats the hell out of being a Groupie, and getting pimped, any day.

For more information on the GSA OASIS Teaming Exchange Business Case, visit: http://bit.ly/gsa-oasis

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TheNewNormal

Since posting the below facts in regards to the plight of Black-male owned business attempting to do business in leadership disciplines with the Houston Metropolitan (METRO) Transit Authority, we have received many direct responses from various constituents and constituency representatives of women-owned, veteran owned, and majority owned businesses. Some outside conversators offering discrete, but subtle support; while others offer heated disdain for the implicative notion of the stated facts.

 We will honor our long-standing policy of discretion; however, we do feel it necessary to ask those who feel outrage at our proxy statements to take a deep breath and calm down.

 The numbers don’t lie.

 But let’s distill it down even further; 8-PAC has a history of siding with the tenets of capitalism over socialistic banter at every turn. Our carefully selected posts and editorials are here for all to see. From the establishment of the 8-PAC discussion group to the creation and production of the Wilfong Hour; all along, our mantra has been the connection of small business through conversation.

 However, we find it interesting that some within our ranks would now question our motive. It seems that as long as we only discuss the general categories of general small business, women, and veterans all is fine; however, when we peel back the onion further to expose a disproportionally affected group – the walk-back begins.

 Well, let me clear the noise; our motive is purely centered on profit. We are a firebrand for those firms that are functionally operating on the brink of bankruptcy to become extraordinary candidates to drive future prosperity… they just happen to be Black-male owned businesses.

 Is that cool?

 Where the numbers show that veterans and woman are strategically being buoyed to containment, marginalization, and ultimately dismissed to the nuisance; we are on record with support to the affirmative. Now, we need reciprocity for your brethren in the cause of level capitalism for all.

 General George Patton once said, “Opportunities do not come to those who wait. They are captured by those who attack” – This is the New Normal for us and a warning to those who ere to political motives.

 Like it or not, Capitalists come in all shades, hues, and colors – but the game goes to those who know best how to make a dollar out of 15 cents. To quote from my Chicago roots, “that’s the set we rep… what you holdin'”?

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Rudy Sutherland, 8-PAC Editor

8(a) Serial Entrepreneur & Small Business Evangelist

ShakeDownDavid Woroner, of Survival Consultants International,LLC. in the West Palm Beach, Florida Area posted the following question to the 8-PAC Small Business Discussion Group:

“Can someone explain to me, why, if I have spent a lot of money, time effort, energy and patenting a “specific” technology, that every time I approach one branch or another, they simply think I’m going to sign over the “rights” to said technology, no contracts, no anything……..?” I got soured with the Govt. after they had the gall to first put us through the “wringer” and when we came out the other side up to snuff, they still wanted all the rights.

Dave – Thank you for your question. Since you represent a very important subset of the small business community – “real inventors”, and one that this question is not necessarily relevant to; I want to respond to you directly.

I think if you research it a little, you will discover that the government has been fairly transparent in it’s motives to date; As the largest global purchaser of products and services, it leverages it’s capacity to obtain tangible and intangible assets as cheaply as the market will bare in order to bolster it’s own balance sheet. And further, you should be happy that it takes this position because, after all; the government represents you.

In other words, since you are trying to sell your capability to yourself; would you expect anything less? After all, what type of commercial “being” would you be if you did not drive a hard bargain – can anyone say “GSA Schedule?”.

I am being somewhat antagonistic, but I hope you see my point.

My advice: When negotiating the sale of intellectual property (patent) based assets with the US Government – seek representation by a law firm with a DC address.

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Rudy Sutherland, 8-PAC Editor

Entrepreneur & Small Business Evangelist

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By JOE KLEIN

(TIME+CNN) We have “only one President at a time,” Barack Obama said in his debut press conference as President-elect. Normally, that would be a safe assumption – but we’re learning not to assume anything as the charcoal-dreary economic winter approaches. By mid-November, with the financial crisis growing worse by the day, it had become obvious that one President was no longer enough (at least not the President we had). So, in the days before Thanksgiving, Obama began to move – if not to take charge outright, then at least to preview what things will be like when he does take over in January. He became a more public presence, taking questions from the press three days in a row. He named his economic team. He promised an enormous stimulus package that would somehow create 2.5 million new jobs, and began to maneuver the new Congress toward having the bill ready for him to sign – in a dramatic ceremony, no doubt – as soon as he assumes office.

That we have slightly more than one President for the moment is mostly a consequence of the extraordinary economic times. Even if George Washington were the incumbent, the markets would want to know what John Adams was planning to do after his Inauguration. And yet this final humiliation seems particularly appropriate for George W. Bush. At the end of a presidency of stupefying ineptitude, he has become the lamest of all possible ducks.

It is in the nature of mainstream journalism to attempt to be kind to Presidents when they are coming and going but to be fiercely skeptical in between. I’ve been feeling sorry for Bush lately, a feeling partly induced by recent fictional depictions of the President as an amiable lunkhead in Oliver Stone’s W. and in Curtis Sittenfeld’s terrific novel American Wife. There was a photo in the New York Times that seemed to sum up his current circumstance: Bush in Peru, dressed in an alpaca poncho, standing alone just after the photo op at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, with various Asian leaders departing the stage, none of them making eye contact with him. Bush has that forlorn what-the-hell-happened? expression on his face, the one that has marked his presidency at difficult times. You never want to see the President of the United States looking like that.

So I’ve been searching for valedictory encomiums. His position on immigration was admirable and courageous; he was right about the Dubai Ports deal and about free trade in general. He spoke well, in the abstract, about the importance of freedom. He is an impeccable classicist when it comes to baseball. And that just about does it for me. I’d add the bracing moment of Bush with the bullhorn in the ruins of the World Trade Center, but that was neutered in my memory by his ridiculous, preening appearance in a flight suit on the deck of the aircraft carrier beneath the “Mission Accomplished” sign. The flight-suit image is one of the two defining moments of the Bush failure. The other is the photo of Bush staring out the window of Air Force One, helplessly viewing the destruction wrought by Hurricane Katrina. This is a presidency that has wobbled between those two poles – overweening arrogance and paralytic incompetence.

The latter has held sway these past few months as the economy has crumbled. It is too early to rate the performance of Bush’s economic team, but we have more than enough evidence to say, definitively, that at a moment when there was a vast national need for reassurance, the President himself was a cipher. Yes, he’s a lame duck with an Antarctic approval rating – but can you imagine Bill Clinton going so gently into the night? There are substantive gestures available to a President that do not involve the use of force or photo ops. For example, Bush could have boosted the public spirit – and the auto industry – by announcing that he was scrapping the entire federal automotive fleet, including the presidential limousine, and replacing it with hybrids made in Detroit. He could have jump-started – and he still could – the Obama plan by releasing funds for a green-jobs program to insulate public buildings. He could start funding the transit projects already approved by Congress.

In the end, though, it will not be the creative paralysis that defines Bush. It will be his intellectual laziness, at home and abroad. Bush never understood, or cared about, the delicate balance between freedom and regulation that was necessary to make markets work. He never understood, or cared about, the delicate balance between freedom and equity that was necessary to maintain the strong middle class required for both prosperity and democracy. He never considered the complexities of the cultures he was invading. He never understood that faith, unaccompanied by rigorous skepticism, is a recipe for myopia and foolishness. He is less than President now, and that is appropriate. He was never very much of one.

Democratic Seal

The 2008 Democratic primaries will be the selection process by which the Democrats choose their candidates in the 2008 election for President and Vice President of the United States through a series of primaries and caucuses culminating in the 2008 Democratic National Convention, to be held from Monday, August 25, through Thursday, August 28, 2008, in Denver, Colorado.

Democratic candidates in the 2008 U.S. presidential election will campaign for the nomination from their party in a series of primary elections and caucus events. They will take place in four phases.

PHASE ONE

235 Democratic House members and nonvoting delegates, 49 senators, the District of Columbia’s two shadow congress-people and 28 governors, a total 314 in all, are automatically delegates to the convention.

These “superdelegates” – about 14 percent of the 2,182 delegates a candidate will need to secure the party’s presidential nomination, while officially uncommitted, and thus “unreplaceable” can publicly endorse a candidate, adding to his and her total.

As of December 3, 2007, the totals were|

  • Hillary Clinton 72
  • Barack Obama 27
  • John Edwards 16
  • Chris Dodd 10
  • Bill Richardson 7
  • Joe Biden 1

In addition, all members of the Democratic National Committee are automatically delegates, and there are a small number of distinguished party leaders and other unpledged delegates, leading to a total of 845 unpledged delegates.

PHASE TWO

Under Democratic National Committee rules, no state may hold their primaries or caucuses before February 5 with the exceptions of Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, and South Carolina. On May 21, 2007, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R) signed a bill, in violation of Democratic Party rules, to up the date of his state’s primary causing a chain reaction which moved many other states’ primaries and caucuses to much earlier dates.

According to Democratic National Committee (DNC) rules, this will result in halving Florida’s delegation, as shown in the table below, and will forbid any candidate from receiving delegates should they campaign in the primary. The DNC rules committee met on August 25, 2007 and ruled that Florida would have 30 days to move its primary date at least 7 days later than the current date of January 29, or else lose all of its delegates in the Democratic primary. Florida officials said they may challenge the ruling on legal grounds and protest the 2008 convention; additionally, the actual implementation of such a decision might prove to be difficult.

Michigan has moved its primary to January 15, also in violation of party rules. On December 1, the Democratic National Committee voted to deny Michigan’s request to hold its primary on January 15 and declared that Michigan’s delegates will not count in the nominating contest unless Michigan moves its primary to a later date.

The following elections are scheduled or expected.

Democratic Primary| Phase Two

PHASE THREE| National Primary

Since the beginning of 2007, many states have moved, or are discussing plans to move, the dates of their primaries or caucuses up to February 5. The nation’s first quasi-“National Primary” may very well take place on that day. This has also been dubbed, among other names, “Super Duper Tuesday” and “Tsunami Tuesday”. A total of 2,064 delegates will be pledged by the results of the February 5th votes.

We are in it – and watching. A satellite image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows Hurricane Gustav as it nears the Louisiana coast at 3:15 a.m. EDT, Sept. 1, 2008. 

Sen. Barack Obama said that he plans to mobilize his huge e-mail list of supporters to volunteer or send money once the impact of Hurricane Gustav becomes apparent and authorities know better what kind of help is needed. 

Said Obama: “We can activate an e-mail list of a couple million people who want to give back. I think we can get tons of volunteers to travel down there if it becomes necessary.”

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