Mauricio Vera, USAID Receives MCCC Public Sector Partner of the Year Award on November 20

November 5, 2014

November 5, 2014
Contact: Alexa Hamilton

Mauricio Vera, USAID Receives MCCC Public Sector Partner of the Year Award On November 20, 2014

ROCKVILLE, MDThe Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce (MCCC) honors Mauricio Vera, Director of the Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) with The Public Sector Partner of the Year Award at its annual Business Awards Dinner on Thursday, November 20. 

The Public Sector Partner of the Year Award is presented to a public partner that supports the mission of MCCC GovConNet “to promote the economic impact of the federal government presence and to advocate on behalf of the contracting community for business opportunities.”

As the Director of USAID’s OSDBU, Mr. Vera leads the Agency’s efforts to provide maximum opportunities for small, disadvantaged, women-owned, service-disabled veteran-owned and HUBZone small businesses through outreach, education and creative procurement initiatives.

“My work with the Chamber goes hand in hand with my work as an OSDBU Director,” said Mr. Vera. “I advocate for highly qualified and talented U.S.-based small businesses, so they can have an opportunity to demonstrate their amazing capabilities at home and overseas. In both capacities, I have the pleasure of witnessing American ingenuity and creativity at its best.”

Mr. Vera is generous with his time and talent to advance the Chamber’s key government contracting programs. He is a longstanding and outstanding supporter of the Chamber’s GovConNet Procurement Conference.

During his previous tenure at Nuclear Regulatory Commission, he collaborated with the Chamber to establish On-Site Agency visits at the Rockville headquarters, which continues to attract hundreds of businesses.

He also supported the Chamber Foundation’s Veteran Institute for Procurement program.  He participated in panel discussions which provided invaluable guidance to veterans seeking contracting opportunities with the Federal government. 

“Mauricio Vera is dedicated to the success of small businesses in our region and our nation. He works closely with the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce on all of our GovConNet programs,” said Gigi Godwin, President and CEO, MCCC. “We are proud to recognize his professional dedication and determination to help small businesses succeed.”

About The Business Awards Dinner

The Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Awards Dinner celebrates business leadership, achievement and partnership. This event attracts 700+ guests including award winners, sponsors, business leaders, elected and government officials, and the media. For more information about Business Awards Dinner, to reserve a table or purchase tickets, click here.

About The Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce

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