July NAWBO-NM News

Government entities and the National Laboratories represent a significant portion of the buying power in the New Mexico economy. These entities all have mechanisms and systems to encourage contracting with small businesses, but the associated red tape scares away many businesses that would be excellent candidates. Join us for a panel discussion with procurement experts who will help you understand and navigate your way successfully through this red tape maze, including the many resources available to help you through the process.

Our Panelists include:

  • Patricia Brown, Small Business Advocate, Sandia National Labs
  • Arthur Humphries, NM Procurement Technical Assistance Center (Panel Moderator)
  • Monica Jojola, Principal/President of Montech Inc.
  • Therese Rivera, Statewide Program Manager, New Mexico Procurement Technical Assistance Center

Patricia Brown is a Small Business Advocate at Sandia National Laboratories where she is responsible for the identification and utilization of qualified, capable small businesses to partner with Sandia to achieve its national security mission. Her focus is on Women Owned and Economically Disadvantaged Women Owned small businesses. In addition to her current assignment, Patricia has 14 years of experience as a Sandia Contracting Representative, awarding and negotiating contracts in areas such as:

  • Research & Development
  • IT purchases
  • High Performance Computing

In 2016, Patricia became a Supplier Diversity Advocate. In this role, she led the internal cross-division team for the Economic Impact Brochure Project and co-lead the ChallengeHER event.

Arthur Humphries (Panel Moderator) is an advisor with the New Mexico Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), where he provides business owners free coaching and advisement in acquiring government contracts; i.e. learning how to, then guiding them thru the processes. This program is funded by DOD (through DLA) and the State of NM. The PTAC team has helped New Mexico small businesses grow the state's economy from $58m in federal gov't contracts alone, to $180m in just one-year's time. While all of the PTAC counselors assist clients with all of SBA's set-aside certifications, Art is certified by the US Veterans Administration as a Veteran Entrepreneur Counselor in order to provide additional business guidance services to America's vets wanting to launch into government marketplace, but who must first go through the verification application process required by VA and FAA.

Monica Jojola is the President of Montech Inc. Montech provides program management, organizational development, training/instructional design, and strategic planning. Clients include US Department of the Interior; US Department of Defense; US Department of Agriculture; US Department of Energy - National Nuclear Security Administration, and nation-wide Defense contractors. Montech is a certified SBA 8(a), Woman Owned Small Business, and 100 percent American Indian-owned Corporation. Ms. Jojola is a 2013 graduate of the U.S. SBA’s e200 Emerging Leaders program. She is a former business development director with more than 19 years of successful executive experience in federal contracting opportunities, including organizing manpower and dedicating resources for multimillion competitive federal contracts.

Therese Rivera recently joined the New Mexico Procurement Technical Assistance Center as its new Statewide Program Manager. PTAC helps New Mexico’s businesses find contracting opportunities with federal, state, municipal and tribal entities at no cost. It's part of the New Mexico Small Business Development Center Network. Rivera came to PTAC from the N.M. Economic Development Department where she served in a variety of leadership positions, including as manager of the Job Training Incentive Program. Ms. Rivera has been passionate about business development, workforce development and job creation her entire career. She is bringing that same passion to PTAC.

  • Date: Wednesday July 17, 2019
  • Location: Embassy Suites by Hilton, 1000 Woodward Pl NE, Albuquerque NM 87102
  • Time: Registration/Networking: 5:30pm - 6:00pm
  • Dinner & Presentation: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Cost for Members: $28 - MEMBERS CLICK HERE to register and pay in advance thru PayPal (no account needed)
Cost for Guests: $33 - GUESTS CLICK HERE to register and pay in advance thru PayPal (no account needed)

Please Note: Prices will increase after Thursday, July 11th.


Online registration for NAWBO events closes the day before the event. Walk-in registrations will still be accommodated, but there will be an additional $5 charge ($10 over the regular early-bird rate). So register early!

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