Home' Army Acquisition Logistics and Technology Magazine : Army ALT January-March 2016 Contents small businesses could provide. The SBS improved upon the
existing information found in the small business resource
folder on the brigade’s internal, shared drive. The informa-
tion previously provided on the shared drive was generic in its
reflection of small business capability briefings, catalogs and
To improve the quality and accessibility of the information
provided for 413th CSB 51Cs and 1102s, Mastin broke down
the small business documents into their separate socioeco-
nomic categories: women-owned, economically disadvantaged
women-owned, veteran-owned, SDVO, HUBZone, small
disadvantaged business or 8(a) businesses.
To show the most current information, he further categorized
the information within the small business resource folder to
reflect the fiscal year in which the information was received.
This has proved to be a valuable tool for the regional contract-
ing offices to use in their market research.
• The brigade tailored the role of the SBS to use his solid acqui-
sition skills to improve communication between the 51C/1102
personnel and the SBS, so the SBS would be more fully
engaged with the workforce and accepted as a value-added
member of the team instead of someone in a separate specialty
area. Now the SBS not only gives guidance, but also conducts
numerous training sessions on the small business program
and on the required forms that must be completed before the
solicitation of any requirement.
Mastin maintains operational support to the CSB by serving
not only as the small business advocate but as an ombudsman
in a wide range of areas requiring a significant degree of busi-
ness and technical knowledge, including labor, marketing and
general business-related disciplines. He sees when acquisition
circumsta nces inhibit small business participation or impact
small businesses’ overall operation or surviva l, and represents
the interests of these segments of industr y to a ll levels of manage-
ment to resolve problems and ensure ma ximum small business
opportunity consistent with the activity’s requirements.
He coordinates all DD Form 2579s before issuance of any
solicitations and reviews the corresponding market research
to make sure that small businesses participate to the full-
est extent possible. This results in many positive comments
and feedback from the contracting workforce in Hawaii and
Alaska and sets the standard for how the 413th CSB will pro-
ceed in FY16.
The implementation of these innovations resulted in increased
participation of small businesses and increased achievement
of our small business goals as a percentage of available dollars
from FY14 to F Y15. Additionally, the brigade exceeded all of its
assigned goals for FY15.
The warfighter gets the required supply or service while the
American government achieves its desired socio-economic effect.
The brigade intends to continue to refine and improve its SB pro-
gram based on its recent success and achieve even better results
For more information on the 413th small business program, go to
COL KEVIN M. NASH is the commander of the 413th CSB,
Fort Shaf ter. He holds a master’s in management f rom the Naval
Postgraduate School and a B.A . in economics from Washington and
Lee University. He is Level III certified in contracting, Level II in
program management, and a member of the Army Acquisition Corps.
413TH CSB SMALL BUSINESS
FY14 FY15 ECC FY15
Percent of Eligible
Dollars to Small Business
Percent to Small
Percent to Service-
Percent to Women-
Owned Small Business
13.8 14.2 7. 5
Percent to HUBZone
12.3 14.1 8
This chart shows the improvement in the 413th CSB small business
program from FY14 to FY15 in all categories. (SOURCE: 413th CSB)
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