2012 SBC Attendee Interview: Meet Tony Price
Lt. Col. James A. “Tony” Price, USA, (Ret.), F. SAME, owns the eponymous James A. Price Enterprises, LLC., a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business. As a Fellow and previous recipient of the SAME Small Business of the Year Award, Lt. Col. Price is no stranger to SAME. Let’s see what he has to say about this year’s Small Business Conference.
What is your purpose for attending the 2012 SBC? I had three purposes. One was to be an effective moderator for the SBA Information Session held on Monday 10 December at 4pm. The second purpose was to effectively network for my business and on behalf of some of my clients. Finally, I wanted to enjoy seeing some of my friends from the military and business community.
Did you achieve all three? Yes. This type of conference has always provided a superb opportunity for me to achieve my business goals and objectives as well as getting re-connected with my military and former military friends and business colleagues. I also enjoy interacting with the SAME staff.
As the moderator for the SBA Information Session, which issue/s emerged as a major concern for small businesses? There are a number of standing issues for this year that were addressed. Parity among 8A, HUBZone and SDVOSB Small Businesses; Joint Venture and Teaming Agreements; How to best utilize the SBA; Small Business Certifications; Mentor Protégé and the SBA initiative to include all Federal Agencies in the program.
What did you think of the Exhibit Hall this year? I was at the Exhibit Hall as early as 7:30 am. It was a great opportunity to take advantage of. There were so many positive people; I was able to ask tough questions so that I can adjust my strategic plan accordingly.
Any strategic advice to attendees visiting the Exhibit Hall? I conduct one-on-one conversations with competitors and other businesses so that I can gauge what I have learned and know through my normal course of business. The Exhibit Hall is one of the best places for that type of interaction. Attendees should definitely take advantage of that.
Which of the technical sessions did you like best and why? The Federal Client Customer Development session. It was an important topic and I learned a lot from the discussion that took place between attendees and speakers. Attendees asked impressive questions that were helpful to everyone.
What improvements, if any, can you suggest for the next SBC? I am quite involved with SAME and very familiar with the effort and logistics required to execute a conference of this magnitude. I’m sure there are always improvements that can be made with registration and in-processing but that seemed to be okay to me. Let’s continue to push for bringing relevant technical sessions and presentations and plenty of networking opportunities.