The Large Importance of Small Business

February 18, 2020 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Small businesses participating in federal contracting have the ability to innovate and move quickly. As federal agencies spend increasingly more on unclassified contracts, it’s not surprising that obligations won by small businesses have increased annually as well, up to $130.7 billion in fiscal 2019 from $97.5 billion in fiscal 2015.

Join Bloomberg Government analysts as they dive into the large importance of small business – they’ll look at:

  • Growth and impact of agency small business obligations over the last five years
  • Projections for what to expect in fiscal 2020 and beyond
  • Historical trends, rule changes, buying mechanisms such as Other Transaction Authority, and agency goals and initiatives



Laura Criste
IT Analyst
Bloomberg Government

Laura Criste is a federal market analyst with Bloomberg Government. Criste specializes in cybersecurity, IT budget, and IT modernization. Previously, she was an analyst at ANSER’s homeland security federally funded R&D center. There, she informed homeland security strategy, including the 2014 Quadrennial Homeland Security Review, by examining activities, mandates, budgets, and threats. Laura has a bachelor’s degree in economics and physics from the University of Virginia and a masters in operations research from George Mason University. Follow me @Laura_Criste

Paul Murphy
Senior Data Analyst
Bloomberg Government

Paul Murphy is a Senior Data Analyst with Bloomberg Government. Murphy's expertise includes building custom dashboards, big data analysis, and small business spending trends. Before Bloomberg acquired his company in 2010, he spent 25 years as President of Eagle Eye Publishers, where he brought the first-ever desktop-based contracts database to market. He received a B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies with Departmental Honors from Colgate University in 1979. Follow me @pjmur55