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Event: Government Contracting & Networking
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American Express OPEN® Government Contracting Procurement & Networking Event

Designed for small business owners new to government contracting as well as those currently doing business with the government, this day-long event will feature engaging discussions and workshop breakout sessions. The featured keynote speakers are:

 Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke
Yvette D. Clarke
US Congresswoman
Congresswoman Clarke’s Bio
 Susan Sobbott, President, American Express OPEN
Susan Sobbott
President, American Express OPEN
Susan Sobbott’s Bio

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This multi-track conference offers:
Novice Track – For business professionals new to government contracting, this track will focus on the basics of government contracting as well as how to develop the fundamentals necessary to succeed in the government contracting arena.
Advanced Track – For business professionals who are currently engaged in government contract work, this track will offer expert insight and advice on how to maximize business opportunities through advanced tactics, including business teaming and better leveraging of the GSA Schedule.
Small Business Counseling – Receive expert advice from seasoned business professionals who have experienced success in government contracting at a SCORE Roundtable Coaching event.

Date: Wednesday, March 31 2010
Time: 09:30 AM – 02:30 PM Eastern
Location: Grand Hyatt New York, New York City, NY
RSVP: REGISTER NOW  

A $695 value, this event is FREE to all American Express OPEN Cardmembers and partner affiliates (including SCORE clients).  If you are not an American Express Cardmember or partner affiliate, please contact us at (703) 506-3270 to register. 

Please note that space is limited and is on a first come, first serve basis.
Learn more. Register now!

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Ethics: Hidden Value – Part 2
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The Key to Your Success: Your Ethics

ETHICS: A HIDDEN VALUE – PART 2

Fourth Important Lesson – The obstacle in our path
In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the King’s’ wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way. Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded. After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway.

The peasant learned what many of us never understand! Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.

Naylor says: After every struggle comes success and with every obstacle comes a new approach causing a paradigm shift.

Fifth Important Lesson – Giving When it Counts
Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare & serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness. The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister. I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, “Yes I’ll do it if it will save her.” As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the color returning to her cheek. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded. He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, “Will I start to die right away”.

Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her.

Naylor says: We can learn a lot from children, especially on how to give of ourselves unconditionally despite the cost(s).

I am hoping that you too will learn a lot from these lessons which overall focuses on ethics, obstacles, values, and service. These same principles can be applied to enhance your business, as well as, your personal life making you better-rounded and successful.

Vernita Naylor, Ft. Worth SCORE
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