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Top SBA Administrator To Speak At Oklahoma Event

June 24, 2015

A top administrator in the U.S. Small Business Administration will speak at the ninth annual Indian Country Business Summit in Oklahoma in August.

John Shoraka, associate administrator of government contracting and business development at the SBA, will bring the latest news on SBA programs for firms competing for government contracts as small businesses. Shoraka leads the federal agency’s division over programs that determine the small business size standards, provide assistance in government contracting and administer the HUBZone and the 8(a) Business Development programs.

The ICBS Show will be Aug. 25-26 at the Embassy Suites in Norman It is produced by Oklahoma’s two procurement technical assistance centers: the Oklahoma Bid Assistance Network and the Tribal Government Institute.

Another keynote speaker at the event will be Donna Brino-Blackwell, small business specialist in the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime Office of Small Business Programs. She provides small businesses with the information and tools to successfully sell to DLA land and maritime supply chains.

Also headlining the show will be Steven Koprince, managing partner at Koprince Law LLC in Lawrence, Kansas. Koprince specializes in federal government contracts law and has successfully represented small government contractors in GAO bid protests, SBA OHA size protests and appeals, 8(a) and service-disabled veteran-owned small business eligibility challenges and many other government contracting matters.

ICBS will also feature speakers from local federal facilities and state and local purchasing offices, as well as experts in business topics and services key to government contracting.

“As organizers of the event, we are all excited to host someone like John Shoraka, who brings many years of experience in business development and federal small business programs,” said Carter Merkle of OBAN, co-sponsor of the summit.

Prior to his current role in the Washington office, Shoraka worked as Region 3 administrator for the SBA. He was responsible for the delivery and management of the SBA’s small business programs, financial assistance and business development program initiatives throughout the region.

Shoraka previously served as vice president at The Aries Group in Silver Spring, Maryland, a business and financial consulting firm at which he was responsible for implementing multiyear projects throughout the world.

“Our goal with this business summit is to help Native American and other minority-owned businesses to become more competitive and win more government contracts,” said Dan Little Axe of TGI, co-sponsor of the summit. “These speakers have insight that will help small businesses make money.”

As in previous years, the event includes vendor exhibits, a networking reception and a matchmaking event to allow participants to pitch their companies directly to government buyers, prime contractors and others.

Registration for ICBS is open. More information and online registration are available at the event website, The event’s Facebook page is at

TGI and OBAN provide technical and marketing assistance to companies selling to government markets at any level. Across the nation, PTACs serve tens of thousands of companies, helping them gain new skills and compete successfully.

TGI is a private non-profit organization focusing on tribal enterprises and Native American-owned businesses. OBAN is sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of CareerTech and serves businesses out of 15 offices in various Oklahoma technology centers.

The annual ICBS Show is an outreach effort to acquaint more businesses with their services and with government markets in general. ICBS is a business summit designed to meet the government contracting needs of minority and small businesses. The goal of ICBS is to provide innovative solutions to small and minority business for the problems they encounter in government contracting. To learn more about ICBS and view the summit agenda visit

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