Speaking Out for The Contractor During The Federal Government Shutdown

October 15, 2013

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: The shutdown making it hard for some small businesses to do business. The owner of one Virginia company it not only losing money, she may lose her workers too.

Lynn Petrazzuolo is president and CEO of Avanti Corporation. She joins us.

Nice to see you.

LYNN PETRAZZUOLO, PRESIDENT & CEO, AVANTI CORPORATION: Thanks for having me.

VAN SUSTEREN: What’s your business?

PETRAZZUOLO: Avanti Corporation does environmental management for federal clients. We do environmental assessments. We help write the federal regulations for environmental issues and we do remediation on super fund sites.

VAN SUSTEREN: It’s seems to me there’s two issues. One is any business you might want to get since October 1st, since the shutdown. But the other is for completed business for which the government might owe you any money. Does the government owe you for any completed money as of October 1st?

PETRAZZUOLO: Yes.

VAN SUSTEREN: How much?

PETRAZZUOLO: We invoice monthly. And the government is very good about paying every 30 days, until now. They owe us right now over $80,000. That’s over 30 days. But we have submitted invoices for last month, which we have completed the work, so we’re looking at more like $230,000.

VAN SUSTEREN: And so, what — I take it you can’t pay your employees then?

PETRAZZUOLO: I have been paying them out of a line of credit. I have some very entry level employees and I know they have rents and car payments and I have given them an advance on their pay.

VAN SUSTEREN: If this goes on another month?

PETRAZZUOLO: Can’t do it.

VAN SUSTEREN: Just let them go? Fire them? Lay them off I guess is a more —

(CROSSTALK)

PETRAZZUOLO: Right. Right now, everyone is furloughed. I had a meeting this morning and we discussed options. It’s been day to day, week to week. I can pay through this Friday. I can probably swing one more payroll. But that’s going to be it. It’s about $50,000 every two weeks.

VAN SUSTEREN: How many employees do you have?

PETRAZZUOLO: 19.

VAN SUSTEREN: So I guess you are real pleased with what’s going on on Capitol Hill?

PETRAZZUOLO: Thrilled.

VAN SUSTEREN: It’s unbelievable, isn’t it?

PETRAZZUOLO: It’s unbelievable. And to watch the pizzas coming in and sort of the joviality that’s going on, it’s very maddening.

VAN SUSTEREN: I guess I shouldn’t be so flip about it then. I’m sort of flip. I guess I’m — I feel a little bit sarcastic, I get flip about it because — but it does hurt people.

PETRAZZUOLO: It does. And it — and you have to laugh. You have to make the jokes where you can. But, at the same time, you know, there is a lot of angst and lost sleep.

VAN SUSTEREN: You know what is really painful to me? Is the fact that we all knew September 30th was going to roll around. And for some reason — I don’t mean to kick a dead horse. But they all went on vacation in early August. You run a business. Would you have ever taken a five- week vacation beginning August, or whatever recess, whatever you want to call it, knowing September 30th was going to roll around and you would have a problem?

PETRAZZUOLO: No. No, I’m in the office every day now trying to figure out what to do and how I’m going to pay people and how we are going it get more work. And we have a couple tiny projects still going, trying to figure out how many people I can cover with that.

VAN SUSTEREN: It’s very painful. It enrages me when I meet small business owners like you. Because this isn’t just a game. This affects lives.

PETRAZZUOLO: Right. Right. When they talk about kicking the can down the road, will they actually do anything before that deadline comes again?

VAN SUSTEREN: They’ll just put you through the same thing.

PETRAZZUOLO: Exactly.

VAN SUSTEREN: It’s awful.

Anyway, Lynn, I hope that, you know — at least one thing the deadline does it is it sometimes gets action.

PETRAZZUOLO: I hope so.

VAN SUSTEREN: The last one didn’t do it but we have got another one coming up in about two days.

Thank you, Lynn.

PETRAZZUOLO: Thank you.

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Register for Washington Days Conference, May 6-7, 2013

April 1, 2013

By Ralph E. Winnie, Jr.

As a national non-profit dedicated to small business and federal acquisition best practices, Federal Allies Institute is proud to host its annual Washington Days Conference from May 6th-7th, 2013 in the heart of our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C.

Federal Allies recognizes that business development and relationship building go hand in hand, especially for small and medium size enterprises.  Washington Days Conference is your opportunity to develop and maintain close personal relationships with DoD, the Agencies and Congress.

On May 6th we will focus on the Business Development opportunities important to you, plus will provide registrants with a tool kit to effectively understand and navigate current and pending changes to Mentor Protégé programs resulting from the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2013.  If you would like a plain English explanation about Mentor Protégé, from this nation’s top experts, then attend Washington Days Conference on May 6.  We’ve got it covered.

A wide spectrum of people from diverse socio and economic backgrounds help to shape the conference agenda to ensure the event highlights their business sectors and objectives.   The results?  “Many discussions will be tailor-made, one-on-one education planned, and match-making sessions where informal question and answer sessions will explain the intricacies of federal contracting,” said David T. Boddie, Executive Director, Federal Allies Institute.

On May 7th Federal Allies extends those relationship building opportunities to Capitol Hill to your members of Congress and their staffs and to relevant committees of both Senate and House that impact how you do business.

On May 7th Federal Allies once again “marches” on Capitol Hill and carries with it banners for continuous improvement to Mentor Protégé and the many other small business issues Federal Allies is known to represent and champion such as Veterans Entrepreneurial Transition Act.  This is an excellent opportunity for all involved, and for those who would like to learn how to conduct your own pro-business Congressional Office Visits, to walk with us and underscore the year round work accomplished by FAI’s highly effective Government Relations Program.   Previous advocacy work on the Hill and with the Agencies, represent our calling card, and is the foundation on which we can offer you opportunity to advance your legislative and rulemaking agenda.  FAI’s relationship building plan for freshmen Senators and House representatives of the 113th Congress is best voiced by U.S. Representative Markwayne Mullin (OK-2).  “Thank you for all the work that you do. As a businessman myself, I know the difficulties businesses are faced with over regulation from the state and federal government. I hope that you enjoy your time in Washington and look forward to seeing you,” said Congressman Markwayne Mullin, (OK -2).

 
That said, the goal is for every registrant to come away from Washington Days Conference 2013 with a keener perspective of the inter-relationship between government and business and with a foundation for growth and business development in this challenging economy.

Federal Allies will actively encourage all registrants at Washington Days Conference 2013 to
establish and build personal and professional relationships to ensure your success in the future.  If you have not already done so, register now to attend Washington Days Conference 2013 by visiting FederalAllies.org.  Should you have any questions, please call (571) 217-0823.


Federal Allies News March 2013

March 3, 2013

Washington Days Conference May 6-7, 2013, Washington, D.C. – You Are Invited!

The basic two-day framework for the annual national Washington Days Conference includes one full- day of federal contractor small business development including general sessions, workshops, one-on-one matchmaking, and reception,  followed by a second full-day touting the FAI Legislative Program on Capitol Hill with presentations, Congressional office visits, and Congressional reception.

We invite small businesses from across America and we invite decision makers from the federal government.  Once registered, both groups are welcomed to recommend additional speakers or participants to the conference whether from a specific government agency or a specific small business NAICS code, respectively, so register early to have the greatest impact on the conference agenda – topics, government personnel, set-asides, primes, and NAICS codes.

Since the conference is all about maximizing your results that includes maintaining a low ratio of government to small business registrants – even limiting attendance by one group or the other – which in these days of massive for-profit national federal procurement conferences may be considered heresy– but as Federal Allies is set up as a true non-profit our number goal is your results and not to see how many tickets we can sell, so register early.

We make every effort to connect registrants prior to the conference to get the ball rolling.  And then continue to build relationships with you for one year following the conference via the Federal Allies Network, our federal contracting community.  Add to it a vast network of experienced federal contractor experts who volunteer to answer your questions or to help you make that needed connection, the Washington Days Conference is ideal for your small business.

And an ideal way for Federal Allies to promote important small business legislation and regulatory flexibility which we work at year round, such as the National Defense Authorization Act, which bundled many pieces of small business legislation that you should know about.  Washington Days Conference registration begins 12:00 p.m. (ET), Tuesday, March 5, 2013.

U.S. House Small Business Committee Update

Federal Allies attended the February 27, 2013 U.S. House Small Business Committee meeting chaired by U.S. Congressman Sam Graves, Missouri, where they worked on improving the overall efficacy of U.S. Small Business Administration programs and the potential effect of the Sequester on SBA programs to make capital available, provide advice, and increase utilization of small businesses as federal contractors.  Ultimately, selective reductions in the SBA budget must reduce federal spending without undermining assistance to America’s best job creators – small businesses.  What are your thoughts?

Chapter Expansion

Federal Allies continues to meet about small business issues and programming, and bringing Washington Days Conference to your state, commonwealth, or territory.  Our current collaboration in Oklahoma is a Mentor Protégé Roundtable set for the Oklahoma City Marriott.

For more information, visit FederalAllies.org today.