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“I have planned and attended countless workshops designed to educate entrepreneurs about how to make their businesses succeed. Doña Storey’s GOVtips series stands out as one of the most effective. As a business owner herself, Doña has the unique ability to reach other entrepreneurs with her straightforward and relevant information. After we hosted a workshop together, business owners and contracting professionals with decades of experience told me that in just two hours she helped them gain valuable new insights and concrete next steps to improve their business.”

Liz Cullen, former Executive Director, Women President’s Educational Organization – DC

“Ms. Storey, the developer of the GOVtips/World’s Biggest Customer book series is often requested as a conference speaker since she can speak from a “been there, done that” point of view in a very clear concise manner in regards to the federal acquisition process.”

Linda Owen, former Director of the Small Business Program/Deputy for Small Business, FISC Norfolk, VA and Jacksonville, FL

“Thank you! – Thank you! – Thank you…The program has been a huge success. With the things we learned from the program there is no limit to the heights we can achieve. Since the day we received the initial self-assessment we have been working hard to implement your recommendations as well as adding a few of our own…All these changes have definitely impacted our business. We have had to add a third telephone line to handle the increased call volume.”

Company President, participant in Doña’s Small Business Development Program for the U.S. Navy

“My company is actively enrolled in the pilot NTAPP program…I can say for my entire staff and I that we have found this to be the best, bar none, program that we have seen for small business yet…There is no way for us to get the experience and exposure to doing business with the government in the commercial sector. This program gives us that without learning the hard way.”

Company Vice President, Letter to Senator Warner

“Great training! I would love to attend a week long training class with the Storey’ s.”

John C. Boston, MA

“I have been able to increase my business by improving my public speaking and presentation skills. My current customers and potential customers have more respect for me as a professional and a clearer understanding of my capabilities.”

Company Owner

The entire symposium was an exceptional experience and opportunity…we got to hear from government officials on a host of topics. The results several years from now will definitely show how effective the symposium was for those who participated.”

Small Business Owner, Symposium Attendee

“NTAPP (small business development program) saved my marriage!”

Family Run Business Owner

“Thank you for taking the time to meet with me and share our mutual concerns about the impact of defense sequestration on our local businesses…it is clear when we bring together great business minds, we have the potential to tackle our greatest challenges head on.”

Scott Rigell, Member of Congress, 2nd District of Virginia

“Doña is an inspiration to female entrepreneurs. She has a wealth of knowledge on how to be successful in business. Doña is an excellent mentor and has helped me hone my skills to become more confident in all my business endeavors. With her help, I continue to grow into the businesswoman I want to be.”

Christina Gilmartin, Business Owner

“Thank you for participating as a workshop presenter at my recent Small Business and Procurement Development Conference…I appreciate the time you took to provide opening remarks…in addition to an excellent overview of the Federal procurement process…”

Thelma D. Drake, Member of Congress, 2nd District of Virginia

“I wish to express my sincere appreciation for the outstanding briefing on the Navy Technical Assistance Pilot Program (NTAPP)…You provided a wealth of information on how NTAPP develops small companies’ technical and management skills…including best practices and lessons learned.”

Nancy Tarrant, Director, Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, Department of the Navy, Office of the Secretary

“…thank you for agreeing to serve on the Supplier Diversity Business Advisory Board….your contribution to this effort will be to provide your valuable perspective on the challenges and obstacles that small, women-owned and minority-owned business fact when competing for government as well as private sector contracts.”

Robert F. McDonnell, Governor, Commonwealth of Virginia

“The Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council (VMSDC) would like to extend a sincere Thank You for your support…gratitude towards you for speaking and presenting at our workshop series and event…We…have received rave reviews on the content of your workshop…”

Tracey G. Jeter, President & CEO, Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council

“…I want to take this opportunity to express my appreciation for all your support over the last fifteen months regarding the acquisition planning and contract support for our major federal procurement effort…contracts for $480 million worth of professional, technical and administrative services were able to be awarded…Your firm was uniquely qualified to provide this type of support, with impressive credentials, knowledge and competency in federal acquisition procedures and regulations, a proven track record as a small business contractor, and a keen understanding of unrestricted and set aside procurement rules.”

Doñald R. McKenzie, Jr., Executive Director, Greater Hampton Roads Cooperative Administrative Support Unit (CASU)

“Thank you for attending (as a Board Member) Congressman Nye’s Small Business Advisory Board meeting…particularly appreciate your input with regards to SBA lending and healthcare reform, two critical areas of concern…”

Mikell Brough-Stevenson, Legislative Aide, Glen Nye, 2nd District, Virginia

“Thank you for participating as a Special Guest in my Veterans Procurement Conference…to provide wonderful opening and closing presentation, mediate the presenters, and create summarizing materials, in addition to your how-to’s of disadvantaged business development.”

Thelma D. Drake, Member of Congress, 2nd District of Virginia

“Thank you for attending the February 5th procurement briefing…As a member of Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP)…you serve an important role in promoting entrepreneurship and leadership for businesswomen nationwide.”

John F. Kerry, Chairman, United States Senate, Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship

“Congratulations on your recent appointment to the Virginia Small Business Financing Authority…your experience will be a huge asset to the Commonwealth.”

Jeffrey L. McWaters, Senator, 8th Senatorial District, Senate of Virginia

“…thank you…for leading the GSA 101 and Mastering the GSA Schedule workshop sessions at the American Express OPEN Government Contracting Procurement Event…small businesses seek out advice and guidance from other small businesses who have been successful. Sharing your expertise and practical insights gave these businesses some of the tools they needed to take the next step to be successful in selling to the government.”

Julie Fajenbaum, Vice President, Brand, Marketing & Social Media, American Express OPEN

““Doña is a very good resource on a hard topic…and great delivery!”

Gloria S., San Juan, Puerto Rico

“The Tidewater Government/Industry Council (TGIC) sincerely appreciates your significant efforts as panel organizer and moderator for our recent Exchange Briefing on…’The Ever Changing World of Small Business – Major Changes to 8(a) and the Roll Out of the Woman Owned Small Business Program.’…given your knowledge and experience as well as superb communications skills and your passion for the subject.”

“…(TGIC)…appreciates your significant efforts as panel organizer and moderator for….Exchange Briefing on …’Small Business Opportunities for Government Contracts – A Glass Half-Empty or a Glass Half-Full.’”

Jeffrey R. Brunner, TGIC Government Co-Moderator and Dennis Garcia, TGIC Industry Co-Moderator

“Tremendous expertise!! So willing to share….great tips on how to navigate the complexities of government contracting and marketing. The section on website positioning and past performance helped me think through strategies for revising my website for government and commercial business!!”

Lateyfa A., Buffalo, NY

“…thank you for your … participation at our Women’s Equality Day luncheon…and for sharing your personal thoughts and ideas…. Your inspiring and educational speech was certainly one of the highlights of this year’s observance.”

Sidnia B. Etherington, Executive Director, Department of the Navy, Fleet and Industrial Supply Center

“Doña’s energy was the best part of the training. I appreciate her frankness!”

Teresa J., Buffalo, NY

“When I first heard her speak, I knew that I was learning from a true master. Not only does she inspire you with her own story, but she’s waiting and willing to help you create your own success. I never thought of myself as being someone that would contract with the government, but Doña clearly presents and explains that there’s an opportunity for every business imaginable. She opens the door, invites you in, and encourages you to bring others to the success summit. Doña truly believes in lifting others as she climbs.”

Gabrielle McCormick

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