Madison Services Group, Inc. - Ann Sullivan
Company: Madison Services Group, Inc., Washington, DC USA
Entry Submitted By: WDS Marketing & Public Relations
Company Description: Madison Services Group, Inc. (MSGI), is a woman-owned business that provides government relations and business development services to corporate and non-profit clients. MSGI specializes in outreach to the small business with an emphasis on women-owned and minority businesses.
Nomination Category: Individual Awards Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Lifetime Achievement – Business
Nomination Title: Ann Sullivan: A Lifetime Achievement as a Public Policy Entrepreneur
Describe for the judges the nominated individual's lifetime of accomplishments (up to 525 words):
During her 35-year career, Ann Sullivan has been one of the most successful leaders in public policy in the United States. A noted agent for change, she has written and fostered legislation for clean air, been a champion for land preservation, excelled as a dedicated advocate for small business, been a force for diversity and inclusion in our nation’s capital, organized landmark Senate committee hearings, sought funding for programs that strengthen the U.S. economy, met with U.S. presidents to discuss vital business issues, and led the public policy teams for the largest national associations of women business owners and small business in our country.
Ann helped to increase the number of contracts awarded to women-owned small business federal contractors from 2.7% to 4.68% through the U.S. SBA’s Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program. In March of 2016, for the first time ever, the U.S. federal government announced that they had awarded 5% of their total procurement contracts to women-owned small businesses. The achievement required 22 years of Ann’s zealous dedication. With the government awarding $18 billion annually to women business owners, they will have access to federal markets not open to them before.
Ann formed a coalition with other small business groups and helped expand the mentor-protégé programs so that women and service-disabled veterans can now benefit. She garnered support behind the efforts to reduce compliance burdens on small contractors, to make it easier for them to work together as teams and joint ventures, and to hold agency executives accountable for failing to meet their obligations to women and other small businesses.
Ann Sullivan has also served a mentor to numerous Congressional and Executive Branch staff, helping them learn how to work Washington – when to push, when to deal, when to look for an alternate path to victory. She has helped them advance their careers, and believes in bringing others along when she is successful.
In 2009, Ann helped to form the U.S. Black Chamber of Commerce, giving African Americans a national advocacy voice in Washington, D.C. Because of Ann, the Chamber became a prominent voice in the Obama administration.
Ann established a win-win partnership between the Small Business Administration and Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) to form the nationwide program, ChallengeHER, a national initiative to help boost government contracting opportunities for women-owned small businesses. Now in its third year, ChallengeHER has educated more than 600,000 women across the country about the requirements and benefits of becoming federal contractors.
Ann also sought the funding for the PRIME Contracts Program which serves to strengthen the economy increasing business opportunities for small, small disadvantaged including 8(a) Business Development (BD) concerns, women owned small, Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone), veteran-owned small, and service disabled veteran-owned small business concerns, while increasing overall competition in the Federal acquisition process without dedicated advocacy for it.
Ann was a presenter at both the 2016 Democrat and Republican conventions. She spoke to her audience about the “Ten Things Candidates Need to Know About Women Entrepreneurs.” The purpose of her message was to bring to the forefront the issues needed to be addressed by both parties in regard to their continued growth and success.
Provide a brief biography of the nominated individual (up to 125 words):
Ann Sullivan is the President of Madison Services Group, Inc. (MSGI), woman-owned business that provides government relations and business development services to corporate and non-profit clients. In her leadership role at Madison Services Group, Inc., Ann works regularly with the U.S. Congress, the Executive Office, and government agencies. Her expertise includes business development programs, government procurement, healthcare, export development, and tax issues affecting small businesses. The 2010 Enterprising Woman of the Year honorees leads the public policy teams for the largest national association of women business owners, Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), Association of Women’s Business Centers (AWBC), the HUBZone Council, the California Association for Micro Enterprise Opportunity (CAMEO), in addition to the national voice for microbusiness, the Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO).