ACT-IAC to Honor Small Business Advocates at Growth Symposium

(FAIRFAX, VA.) — June 7, 2016 — The American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC), the premier public–private partnership dedicated to improving government through the application of information technology, is pleased to announce the winners of its Small Business Advocacy (SBA) Award: Lisa Martin of LeapFrog Solutions, Inc., and Jo Ann Lawrence from the New Orleans Small Business Administration District Office.

Join us as we honor Lisa and Jo Ann at the Small Business Growth Symposium: Strategies and Opportunities for the Future on Wednesday, June 15, from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park. Symposium attendees will also hear from industry leaders and participate in interactive sessions. Registration is open and space is available.

“We’re very grateful to have two very dedicated individuals who are such strong advocates for small business,” Ken Allen, executive director of ACT-IAC, said. “There is no better way to honor their commitment to small businesses in government contracting than to honor them at our Small Business Growth Symposium.”

The 2016 Small Business Advocate for Industry is Lisa Martin, president and CEO of LeapFrog Solutions, Inc., in Fairfax, Virginia, who was nominated by Daryl Scott of Serco Inc. Lisa was charged with revamping the small business special interest group, working with its members to highlight the needs of each of the socioeconomic small business designations. Along with other volunteers, she developed the ACT-IAC Small Business Alliance and worked to select the first chair and co-chair, who then recruited members to develop events, committees and white papers that resonate with government and small business.

Lisa is an advocate of the Small Business Alliance Straight Talk series, which introduces small business officers and industry liaisons from various agencies to small businesses. She is a speaker on behalf of small businesses at the Homeland Security Acquisition Institute, the GSA, Fairfax County Government, Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, Women in Homeland Security and the Government Technology Services Coalition. Lisa is a constant champion for ACT-IAC, working to challenge the misperception in both the government and small business sectors that government isn’t allowed to participate in ACT-IAC.

The 2016 Small Business Advocate for Government is Jo Ann Lawrence from the New Orleans Small Business Administration District Office. She was nominated by Joan Joyce from Ernst & Young for her tireless efforts in growing local small businesses by matching them with large businesses. Jo Ann’s efforts demonstrate her passion for small businesses in Louisiana. She hosted a small business forum for more than 300 participants at Southern University and A & M College, a historically black college, and encouraged and initiated networking opportunities for attendees.

In addition to her work with the SBA, Jo Ann participates in Night Out Against Crime week and Night Out with the Community, sharing information with entrepreneurs during these events. She also participates in Financial Fitness Day on maintaining credit, the Small Business Expo and capacity-building workshops, where she provides guidance to for profit businesses and nonprofits.

The Small Business Growth Symposium: Strategies and Opportunities for the Future is a highly interactive event designed to get small and large businesses to collaborate on challenges and provide comprehensive guidance on adapting to the complex work of the government’s evolving ecosystem. Attendees will:

  • Hear from leaders on cybersecurity, shared services, category management and IDIQs.
  • Network with attendees from small and large businesses and government agencies.
  • Hear from 10 federal agencies on current and future opportunities.
  • Learn proven strategies from successful small business owners.
  • Work with other attendees in Collaborative Challenge Zones.
  • Sign up for capabilities matchmaking to meet with representatives from large businesses and government agencies.

Visit ACT-IAC’s website for more information on the symposium and ACT-IAC membership.

About LeapFrog Solutions, Inc.

LeapFrog Solutions, Inc., is a strategic communications firm dedicated to solving complex communications challenges for the government, businesses and consumer markets. As a certified woman-owned small business, we provide a comprehensive range of services — from branding to internal and external communications — that transform perceptions, inspire change and drive action. Celebrating our 20th anniversary, we deliver high-quality communications with strategic impact that Make Your Message Matter®. For more information, contact us. Connect with us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

About ACT-IAC

The American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) is a nonprofit educational organization established to create a more effective and innovative government. ACT-IAC provides a unique, objective and trusted forum, where government and industry executives are working together to improve public services and agency operations through the use of technology. To maintain the objectivity and integrity of its collaborative process, ACT-IAC does not accept government funding. ACT-IAC activities are underwritten by AT&T, ACT-IAC’s strategic mission partner, and a number of private sector organizations who share the ACT-IAC commitment to better government. A complete list of sponsors, as well as additional information about ACT-IAC, can be found at www.actiac.org.

Learn more about our organization and how to become a member at www.actiac.org or call 703.208.4800.