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On July 10, 2017, GPSI Guam was certified as a Participant in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 8(a) Business Development Program. The 8(a) Business Development Program is a business assistance program for small disadvantaged businesses that offers a broad scope of assistance to firms that are owned and controlled at least 51% by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. Participation in the program is divided into two phases over nine years: a four-year developmental stage and a five-year transition stage. Benefits of the Program include receiving sole-source contracts up to a ceiling of $4 million for goods and services and $6.5 million for manufacturing. Being award an 8(a) certification also opens doors to form joint ventures and teams to bid on contracts. This enhances the ability of GPSI Guam to prime larger contracts.
On June 12-14, Al Yanger attended the VETS17 Business Development conference created by veterans for veterans and sponsored by the National Veteran Small Business Coalition (NVSBDC), in Norfolk, VA. In the photo from right to left, Mr. Ed Jesson, President and CEO of OBXtek; Dr. Ray Jardine, President and CEO, Native Hawaiian Veterans; Mr Dale Spencer, COO, OBXtek; and Al Yanger, President/Co-owner, GPSI Guam.
Frank Dumanal, GPSI Guam CEO, poses with Dr. Ken Smith, a guest speaker at the 2017 National Symposium on Project Management. Mr. Dumanal was in Manila to attend the two-day PMI National Symposium. Dr. Smith presented a seminar on “Traveling the Critical Path: Historical Highlights and Lessons Learned.” A retired Senior Foreign Service Officer and USAF Colonel, Dr. Smith now conducts workshop seminars in various aspects of project management.
Frank Dumanal, GPSI Guam CEO, poses with Mr. Amin Leiman, PMP, and author of Karate Project Management. Mr. Dumanal was in Manila to attend a two-day National Symposium on Project Management. Mr. Leiman, a guest speaker at the National Symposium on Project Management, presented Mr. Dumanal with a signed copy of his book. Mr. Leiman is Founder and President of BENDING, Premier Project Management Academy, an organizational development training firm that specializes in training project managers to update their “PMI Talent Triangle” skills. He holds a first degree black belt from Shotokan Karate International Federation (SKIF), Tokyo, Japan.
Frank Dumanal, GPSI Guam CEO, poses with Ms. Raji Sivaraman, a guest speaker at the 2017 National Symposium on Project Management. Mr. Dumanal was in Manila to attend the two-day PMI National Symposium. Ms. Sivaraman, presented a seminar on “Making Projects Sing: A Musical Perspective of Project Management. Ms. Sivaraman, is an Agile practitioner with a Master of Science Degree in Project Management and has held leadership positions with the Project Management Institute at the chapter and global level.