About National Small Business Week, SBA and Federal Allies Institute

For more than 50 years, the U.S. Small Business Administration has celebrated National Small Business Week (NSBW), which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. This year is one unlike the half-century that has come before.

Due to SBA's multidecade relationship with FAI's founder David T. Boddie, prior to its official start, Federal Allies Institute had been vetted and approved to be a National Association Sponsor of National Small Business Week 2008. Both the event and the association started on the same day.  Other national association sponsors included The U.S. Chamber of Commerce,  NFIB, NSBA and the NAM.

Boddie, throughout his career at startup businesses, Fortune 100 and chambers of commerce, worked extensively with dozens of SBA District Offices, all 10 Federal Regional Offices, and directed SBA Chief Counsel for Advocacy State and Local Affairs during the Ronald W. Reagan and George H. W. Bush administrations.

Beginning in 2003 during the Barack H. Obama administration, SBA Headquarters recruited him as one of the small cadre of volunteer judges to assess nominee portfolios for SBA's Washington DC District, Philadelphia Regional and National awards program for seven years that continued into the George W. Bush administration. 

In brief, Boddie's reputation for hard work enabled Federal Allies to take a leadership role with SBA and SBA National Small Business Week on day-one of the national association's existence. 

Combined with Federal Allies, the membership was afforded opportunities to meet with the Presidents, Congress and a who's who list of professionals on critical small business issues.

In 2020 we are facing unique challenges together. However, American small businesses continue to play a central role in building a strong country, prepared for any obstacles in the future.

More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create nearly two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year. As part of NSBW, the SBA takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others who support entrepreneurship from all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and U.S. territories. Additionally, this year’s NSBW will recognize the small businesses who have navigated the coronavirus pandemic while supporting their employees and communities. There will be a number of presenters providing retooling and innovative practices for entrepreneurs as our nation’s small businesses look to pivot and recover towards a stronger economy.

Every day, they’re working to grow small businesses, create 21st-century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness.

2020 National Small Business Week

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Editorial Content

FAI Communications

          Federal Allies News
          Social Marketing Accounts
          Text, Audio, and Video

FAI Editorial Board     

Meetings Held Quarterly

David T. Boddie
Frank Clay, Jr., FAI Chair Emeritus

Patricia Driscoll
Mary Fae Kamm, FAI Chair Emeritus
         Mary Claire Kendall
         Katia Lind
         Sean Milani-Nia
Federal Allies News 
         David T. Boddie, Publisher
         & Editor-in-Chief
         Katie McCall, Graphics Department
         Federal Allies Institute Journalists:
              Sean Milani-Nia
              Patricia Driscoll, Correspondent
              Katia Lind, Correspondent

Information provided is on federal acquisition and small
business.  It is not intended to substitute for legal or other
professional advice.

Federal Allies serves the federal contracting community as an engine of brilliant journalism and curator of content that matters to federal contractors.  We disseminate content in traditional and nontraditional forms to cultivate two-way communication and relationships with the entire federal contracting community.

Federal Allies accepts and considers articles submitted by the professional federal contracting community.

Articles in all areas of federal contracting, such as trends, overcoming obstacles, and success stories may be submitted.  Suggested topics for articles may be submitted.

Federal Allies will review articles and assist candidate authors in creating the final draft if the article is selected for publication.  However, Federal Allies cannot guarantee publication within a fixed time frame and does not pay for articles.

To Submit an Article, write Article@FederalAllies.org.

Content Submission Policy

When you submit your article to the Federal Allies Institute, you also need to submit a brief bio, which is printed at the end of your article.  Additionally, Federal Allies requests that you provide contact information that is also published with your article so that readers may follow up with you.  All authors receive three complimentary copies of any printed editions in which their article appears. 

Submission of an original and previously unpublished article constitutes a transfer of ownership for First Publication Rights for a period of 90 days following publication.  After this period, full copyright ownership returns to the author.  Federal Allies always grants permission to reprint or distribute the article once published, as long as attribution is provided for Federal Allies Institute as the publisher and the edition in which the article appeared is cited.

Articles must be submitted electronically in MS Word or equivalent editable format.  Minimum of 300 words.  Maximum of 1,000 words.

We appreciate Editorial contributions from:

BAE Systems
Booz Allen Hamilton    
C2 Solutions Group    
General Dynamics Information Technology      
General Electric
L-3 Communications
Lockheed Martin
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Quality Support, Inc.
In the News:

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Stars And Stripes
Fox News 
The Kansas City Star
The Washington Post 

Press Releases

The Federal Allies Institute was formed at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in 2008. Since 2008, eight national FAI conferences have been held at JBM-HH located in Virginia, and also at Washington, DC and Oklahoma.

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From the Archive:

First Federal Allies Website


August 31, 2020

Federal Allies Plans 2021 Washington Days Conference

August 24, 2020

Federal Allies Institute Founder Attains Elections Administration Certification


May 2, 2019

Federal Allies Celebrates NSBW 2019

February 1, 2019

Board Meeting Held: WDC 2019 & Government Relations Motion

January 21, 2019

Board of Directors Meeting Scheduled


May 28, 2018

Gabriel Fulton Re-Elected FAI Chairman

May 25. 2018

Federal Allies Board Election Concludes Results Pending

May 4, 2018

Federal Allies Institute Board of Directors

Election May 14 to 24. 2018


December 15, 2017

Federal Allies Institute Board of Directors Election Pending

August 15, 2017

Federal Allies to Attend Overland Park KS SBA Regulatory Roundtable September 14

July 17, 2017

More SBA Office of Advocacy Regional Regulatory Roundtables Scheduled

June 12, 2017

SD Solutions LLC, Luray, Virginia Named U.S. Treasury Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year 2016

March 10, 2017

FAI Public Request for Regulations to Amend or Eliminate

February 27, 2017

FAI Remarks on Trump Speech First Joint Session of Congress

February 2, 2017

FAI Launches New Website


December 29, 2016

FAI Board Election Results & 2017 Board

December 6, 2016

FAI Board Election Announcement

November 9, 2016
2016 U.S. General Election

September 26, 2016
Federal Allies Institute Applauds House VA Bills

September 20, 2016
Annual Federal Allies Institute National Awards Ceremony Honors Recipients

June 16, 2016
Supreme Court Hands Win to Veteran-Owned Small Business Over Department of Veterans Affairs

June 16, 2016
Federal Allies Institute Honored by Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association NOVA

May 5, 2016
FAI Board Election Results

April 6, 2016

FAI Board Election Announcement

January 7, 2016
FAI National Awards Announcement