Let’s face it: The federal government’s acquisition practices are geared toward large companies competing on enormous government buying vehicles. Congress continues to require federal agencies to buy from small businesses, especially those that are underserved. Since over 90% of all women-owned businesses are small, women are considered major stakeholders in these policy actions. As federal agencies award less direct contracts in favor of large contracting vehicles, women are largely left behind.
Women fought for 11 years to get the women-owned small business federal contracting program put into place. Yet, the federal government has only met its 5% goal for contracting to women twice since the goal was established in 1994. Increasing awards to women-owned businesses requires advocacy and education. The Circle provides a much-needed place where women contractors can participate in growing their federal contracting businesses, become advocates for regulatory and legislative changes and participate in a nationwide network of successful women business owners.
Led by Ann Sullivan, credited for spearheading implementation of the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB/EDWOSB) federal contracting program, Ann is at the forefront of policy that impacts federal contractors. Elizabeth Sullivan brings a Masters of Studies in Law in Procurement and Cybersecurity at the George Washington School of Law to the team. Together, we bring relationships and policy expertise - advocating for small and midsize federal contractors on Capitol Hill and in federal agencies.
Ann Sullivan is the Founder of Madison Services Group, a woman-owned company that provides government relations and federal business
development services. Her expertise includes business development programs, government procurement, healthcare, export development, and tax issues affecting small and midsize businesses. Ann is recognized as the driving force behind implementation of the SBA's Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contracting Program and has been a featured keynote speaker and moderator on many procurement panels nationwide. She is recognized around the country for her work to make meaningful policy changes that allow small business to access the federal marketplace. Ann is part of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the HUBZone Contractors National Council. She received the Enterprising Women of the Year Award from Enterprising Women Magazine, and was honored by Professional Women in Advocacy for Excellence in a Federal Issue Campaign and Excellence in a Campaign for Women Serving Women. Ann is also the recipient of three prestigious Stevie® Awards for Women in Business. She was chosen by Small Business Trends as a Top 100 Small Business Influencer, and the Sunlight Foundation named her as one of Washington’s four “perfectly bipartisan lobbyists.”
Elizabeth Sullivan is the President of Madison Services Group. She focuses on federal procurement and small business policy. Her expertise in government contracting includes shaping federal acquisition policy on Capitol Hill and analyzing federal procurement data to position companies to win federal contracts. She holds a Masters of Studies in Law in Government Procurement and Cybersecurity at the George Washington University School of Law, and was featured in the GW Law Magazine for her role in shaping this new dual degree. Notably, Elizabeth has testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on procurement innovation and the role of small business contractors. Elizabeth recently led the formation of the Secure Supply Consortium, a group of small and midsize federal contractors that seek to provide constructive input to decision-makers who are tackling difficult supply chain security problems, such as the implementation of Section 889 and the Department of Defense's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC). They are recognized as the driving force behind changes in CMMC 2.0 that were favorable to small businesses. She has also been featured on procurement panels nationwide, including at the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) World Congress and Women Leaders in Defense and Aerospace Law conference. Elizabeth is a graduate of James Madison University and a former Teach
for America corps member in Chicago, IL.