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Hosted by nationally-known speaker and consultant Mark Amtower, Amtower Off-Center highlights the good, the bad, the ugly and the just plain silly of doing business in the government market. Every week experts join Mark for a lively discussion of current issues facing the government contractor community.

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Hosted by nationally-known speaker and consultant Mark Amtower, Amtower Off-Center highlights the good, the bad, the ugly and the just plain silly of doing business in the government market. Every week experts join Mark for a lively discussion of current issues facing the government contractor community.

    An overview of generative AI

    An overview of generative AI

    This week on Amtower Off Center, host Mark Amtower interviews Fergal McGovern, CEO of Visible Thread.
    Visible Thread(VT) provides support tools and processes for the contractor side of the proposal community, especially in the evolving area of generative AI.
    Topics include:

    Fergal's background and what VT offers to the contractor community

    An overview of generative AI's impact on the GovCon ecosystem

    Why hallucinations occur and some potential work-arounds

    Two questions to ask when applying generative AI

    Prompt engineering & retrieval augmented generation and how to get better results

    • 41 min
    The "do's and don'ts" of GovCon

    The "do's and don'ts" of GovCon

    This week on Amtower Off Center, host Mark Amtower starts year 18 at Federal News Network with guest Kevine Jans, president of Skyway Acquisition and host of the Contracting Officer's Podcast.
    Topics include:

    Kevin's background as a DOD contracting officer prior to Skyway

    Starting his podcast 10 years ago

    Proposal "do's and dont's"

    The Aristotelian method of RFPS (ethos, pathos and logos)

    Why Kevin prefers LinkedIn to conferences

    • 44 min
    The top contracting stories of 2023

    The top contracting stories of 2023

    This week on Amtower Off Center, Nick Wakeman, editor in chief of Washington Technology, joins host Mark Amtower for an animated and wide-ranging discussion of the biggest issues facing contractors.
    Topics include:

    The top stories of 2023-24

    M&A trends and activity

    The increasing role of private equity in the federal market

    Key elements for growth in GovCon

    The impact of a year-long CR

    The new National Defense Industrial Strategy

    • 40 min
    25 things all small busines contractors should know

    25 things all small busines contractors should know

    This week on Amtower Off Center, Host Mark Amtower interviews contract funding expert Teresa Moon of Parabilis on a wide variety of issues facing smaller contractors and those new to the market.
    Our topics include: 

    Is your product or service viable in GovCon and have you done enough research to bear this out

    What is your event/networking strategy? Which events are most germane to what you do and who you need to know?

    Does your business plan include a plan for funding contracts that you win?

    Where does LinkedIn fit in all of this? What do you need to know to be successful in your online networking


     

    • 43 min
    All things ACT-IAC

    All things ACT-IAC

    This week on Amtower Off Center, host Mark Amtower is joined by ACT-IAC CEO Dave Wennergren for a lively and wide-ranging discussion about ACT-IAC.
    Topics include:

    a brief history of ACT-IAC

    the mission of the organization

    professional development opportunities

    committees and communities of interest

    the ongoing events for the councils and the major annual events

    award programs

    small business participation

    • 41 min
    All things AI

    All things AI

    This week on Amtower Off Center, host Mark Amtower is joined by Peter Erickson of MoDev, producer of the GovAI Summit.
    Topics discussed include:

    the current evolutionary stepping point in technology that AI, ML and LLM represent

    a little historical perspective on what brought us to this point, including earlier uses of voice recognition

    the emergence of AI as a tech transformational event

    key players in this emerging arena

    and the scope of the upcoming GovAI Summit

     

    • 45 min

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