In the U.S., existing small businesses comprise 99% of all employer firms, employ nearly half of the workforce, and account for more than 60% of the private sector’s net new jobs.
Cris Young, President
Ms. Young is the Executive Vice President of Hudson Fasteners, Inc. a 70 year old industrial wholesale supplier. Ms. Young has over 20 years’ experience in procurement and management in corporate and small business environments. She and Hudson Fasteners were recipients of the Jeffrey Butland Family Owned Small Business of the Year 2014 by the Small Business Administration.
In her leadership role with The American Small Business Chamber of Commerce she is opening the doors to opportunity and advocating for the advancement of the Small Business Imperative. Ms. Young specializes in government procurement on local, state and federal levels.
Cris has also served as the President of Women in the Fastener Industry Association, on the Board of the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Advisory Council for the Small Business Development Center at Youngstown State University and is the inventor of a Patent Pending B2B E-Commerce Software.
Vikki Hawthorne, National Director | Supplier Development
Widely regarded as a passionate small business resource partner who thoroughly understands the many challenges of small business ownership, Ms. Hawthorne has extensive ‘insider’ experience in federal government contracting and training. In 2014, Ms. Hawthorne retired with 30 years of federal government service with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA).
From January 2011 through August 2014, Ms. Hawthorne served as Associate Director in the Office of Small Business Programs at DLA’s Land and Maritime and was responsible to ensure that small businesses got their fair share of $3 Billion eligible contracting dollars. Under her leadership, Ms. Hawthorne made significant small business performance improvements, noted as:
- Led her team resulting in efforts of increase in dollars awarded to small businesses from Fiscal Year (FY) 11/FY12.
- Land and Maritime increased percentage of awards to small businesses from FY12/FY13.
- Noted a marked increase in FY14 performance percentages in the socioeconomic categories which include disadvantaged, woman owned, service disabled veteran owned and historically underutilized business zone small businesses.
Ms. Hawthorne spent over 15 years as the Supplier Outreach Program Manager in the DLA Land and Maritime Small Business Programs Office before her promotion to the senior leadership position of Associate Director. In that role, Ms. Hawthorne collaborated with small business advocate organizations and prime contractors to promote small business participation in federal prime and subcontracting procurement opportunities. Ms. Hawthorne further expanded and facilitated supplier education with Training, Knowledge, Opportunities Seminars hosted by DLA Land and Maritime. In addition, Ms. Hawthorne coordinated with acquisition personnel to identify small and socioeconomically designated businesses as potential sources of supply.
Ms. Hawthorne — frequently regarded as subject matter expert for supplier and acquisition personnel training development — was known nationally as an enthusiastic and thoughtful speaker, facilitator and trainer.
Margot Dorfman, VP of Government Affairs
As the VP of Government Affairs for The American Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Ms. Dorfman works closely with Congress, the White House and Government Agencies to advance the agenda of the ASBCC and deliver connections and resources for our members. Ms. Dorfman also serves as the CEO of the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Dorfman has an extensive background in business, business ownership, publishing and nonprofit leadership. She is regularly called upon to testify before Congress and to provide insights and commentary to leaders and media all across America.