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Supplier Council | Prime ConnectWorks Series: Doing Business with Battelle

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Date: Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Start Time: 11:00 AM EST
End Time: 12:00 PM EST

Location: Web Conference

Fees: Register Now
Business Member - $15
NASBC Supplier Council Member - $0
Registrant - $35
Member Plus - $0
Board of Experts - $0
Government Member - $0

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Region: National
Network: Industries, NASBC Gov't Contracting Supplier Council
Category: Industries, Government Contracting
Tags: supplier council, primes, connections


Join Lynnise Smith, Supplier Diversity Manager at Battelle, for a web conference about Doing Business with Battelle.

According to Ms. Smith, "Every day, around the world, the people of Battelle work at the forefront of scientific innovation to solve what matters most for our government and commercial clients. We create new products, new processes, new technologies — even new industries. We take breakthrough research from theory to market-ready products and services that save lives, meet growing energy demands, protect the environment, and create competitive advantage. We reach into the future for discoveries that improve the quality of life for millions here and now.  To ensure we have the best tools at our fingertips to solve our clients’ difficult challenges, Battelle is always looking for dynamic partners in the market segments in which we focus – Consumer & Industrial, Energy & Environment, Health & Pharmaceutical, Laboratory Management, National Security and STEM Education."

Battelle purchases a variety of goods and services including:

  • Drilling Services
  • Ecological Restoration
  • Economic and Socio-Economic Studies
  • Engineering Services
  • Hydrology and Hydraulic Modeling
  • Immunotoxicology/Immunotoxicity
  • Research and Development
  • Test and Evaluation Management
  • Threat/Vulnerability Assessments and Risk Analysis
  • Toxicogenomic/Proteomic/Metabolic Studies
  • Toxicology

Listed are NAICS codes and descriptions of specific products that Battelle is interested in identifying small business suppliers to work with:

Drilling water intake wells, oil and gas field on a contract basis 213111
Site Preparation Contractors 238910
Oil well drilling machinery and equipment rental or leasing 532412
Engineering Services 541330
Testing laboratories (except medical, veterinary) 541380
Other Scientific and Technical Consulting Services 541690
Research and Development in Biotechnology 541711
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology) 541712
Medical Laboratories 621511


Ms. Lynnise Smith has extensive experience in supplier diversity. She joined Battelle’s Office of Supplier Diversity in June 2013 and recently was promoted to Supplier Diversity Manager. She is responsible for providing strategic supplier diversity support to Battelle’s leadership, project staff, procurement and contract professionals.

Prior to joining Battelle, Ms. Smith served as the Procurement Programs Manager for the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) in State Purchasing for the state of Ohio for three years. She managed the procurement activities for the Ohio’s Buy Ohio/Think Ohio First, Bio-based Products Preference Programs, MBE (Minority Business Enterprise) Set Aside Program and EDGE (Encouraging Diversity & Growth Equality). She also served as the Supplier Diversity Specialist at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana and the Agent Contract Service Specialist at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio where she was also the university’s supplier diversity champion.

Ms. Smith holds a Bachelors of Arts in Communication and Masters of Arts in Psychology with a specialization in Diversity Management from Cleveland State University. She also is a proud member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

Vikki Hawthorne: National Director

Vikki Hawthorne is the National Director – Supplier Development for the U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce. 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.

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