Recent Press Releases
Study Finds 8(a) Program Benefits Businesses By Obtaining Prime Federal Contracts

August 25, 2021

The federal government established the 8(a) program to improve the capacity of small businesses owned by the socially and economically disadvantaged members of society by creating a level playing field for providing goods and services to the federal government and increasing the supply base of qualified businesses owned by such members of society. The Small Business Administration partnered with Optimal […]


Study Finds Underrepresentation of Women-Owned Small Businesses Depends on How Disparity Ratios Are Measured

August 25, 2021

Women face a wider variety and a greater severity of challenges in starting and growing their business ventures than men. Difficulties obtaining government contracts represents one of the largest hurdles faced by women-owned firms. Congress approved the Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contracting Program to provide greater opportunities for small businesses to win federal contracts. The Small Business Administration partnered […]


Optimal Will Present Findings on the Effects of Federal Government Contracting Opportunities for Small Businesses at Fall Research Conference

August 18, 2021

Four representatives from Optimal Solutions Group LLC (Optimal) will present research papers on the effects of federal contracting opportunities for small businesses at the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management’s (APPAM) 43rd Annual Fall Research Conference in Austin, Texas, this November. As part of the panel “The Effects of Government Procurement Policies and Practices in Advancing Small Business Contracting […]


Optimal Will Provide Data Tool to Better Understand Changes in the U.S. Manufacturing Sector

August 18, 2021

The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) offers tools, solutions, and resources to address manufacturer’s diverse challenges and opportunities. Optimal Solutions Group LLC (Optimal) will provide access to a manufacturing data analysis and modeling tool or service . This tool/service will put dynamic and relevant manufacturing data in the hands of the MEP Centers, which helps […]


SBA Scorecard Has Strong Positive Relationship With Indicators of Small Business Prime Contracting Opportunities

August 18, 2021

Each year, the Small Business Administration (SBA) produces its Small Business Procurement Scorecard, which aims to assess the performance of federal agencies towards achieving their small business contracting goals, provide valid and reliable data on federal contracting with an emphasis on transparency, as well as analyze and report agency level and government-wide progress towards the goals. For fiscal year 2017, […]


Preferential Contract Awards Add Value and Jobs to Underutilized Areas

August 17, 2021

The Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) program, part of the Small Business Administration (SBA), helps small businesses in low-income metropolitan or rural areas with high poverty and unemployment rates gain preferential access to federal procurement opportunities. Businesses obtain HUBZone certification in part by employing staff who live in a HUBZone and maintaining a “principal office” in one of these specially […]


A New Study Analyzes a Switch to Online Delivery of Boots to Business Course

August 15, 2021

The Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Boots to Business (B2B) program is offered free of charge and helps transition service members from military to civilian life through entrepreneurship education and training. During the COVID-19 pandemic, an in-person course rapidly transitioned to an instructor-led virtual course. A new study by Optimal Solutions Group LLC (Optimal) examines the implementation of the virtual delivery […]


Study Analyzes Effectiveness of Surveillance Reviews in Government Agencies

August 15, 2021

The Small Business Administration (SBA) monitors whether government agencies are providing opportunities for small business participation in federal contracting by performing Surveillance Reviews, which assess whether selected Procurement Centers (PCs) at federal agencies execute their small business programs effectively and according to federal regulations. The SBA completes about 30 Surveillance Reviews annually at major PCs across the country. These are […]




Archived Press Releases
Year 3 Evaluation Report for the U.S. SBA’s Regional Cluster Initiative

July 22, 2014

This year marks the fourth year of the Small Business Administration (SBA)’s Regional Cluster Initiative pilot program.


Performance review report released of USAID youth-centered project in Armenia

January 31, 2014

After the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, Armenia has struggled to regain political, social, and economic stability.


Release of results for final USAID evaluation of PRICE project

January 13, 2014

Poverty has afflicted Bangladesh since its independence in 1971. Since then, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has designed and implemented projects to promote private-enterprise development and employment generation. These previous USAID-funded projects had the same goals of 1) strengthening product, market development, and market linkages; 2) promoting economy-wide and sector-level reforms; and 3) increasing lending to target firms. […]


Optimal participates in the USAID Global Education Summit

September 9, 2013

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) held its bi-annual Education Summit from August 6 – 8 in Washington, DC.


Key Methodologies in the Analysis of Labor Discrimination

September 9, 2013

Dr. Barbara Morgan, currently a senior lecturer and undergraduate advisor in the Department of Economics at Johns Hopkins University, will be giving a presentation on the key methodologies economists, sociologists and lawyers use to demonstrate whether or not discrimination exists in the labor market.


Optimal Awarded Evaluation of the Summer Food Service Program Participant Characteristics

August 30, 2013

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), in their efforts to reach out to small businesses, awarded Optimal Solutions Group, LLC (Optimal) a contract to study and prepare a report which documents the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) providers and participant characteristics. The SFSP was designed to ensure that children who benefit from the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and […]


Release of results of cost-benefit analysis for USAID/Ethiopia interventions

August 5, 2013

The LEAP team conducted cost-benefit analyses (CBAs) of four agriculture-related projects in Ethiopia to assess the beneficiary, social, and financial outcomes of the following interventions: Agribusiness and Market Development (AMD), the Livestock Growth Project (LGP), Pastoralists Resiliency Improvement and Market Expansion Project (PRIME), and Graduation with Resilience to Achieve Sustainable Development Project (GRAD).


Network Analysis in Cluster Development

July 31, 2013

Scott Dempwolf, currently an Assistant Research Professor in the University of Maryland, Economic Development University Center will be presenting his dissertation on regional innovation clusters on Wednesday, July 31st  at 12 noon at Optimal Solutions Group, LLC (Optimal’s) office in M Square Research Park, Maryland. 


Innovative and sustainable methods to conduct a population-based survey

July 3, 2013

In an effort to sustainably reduce poverty and hunger through its Feed the Future (FtF) global initiative, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) works with host governments, development partners, and other stakeholders to address the root causes of global hunger. The initiative seeks to: 1) facilitate efficient market systems to meet the growing demand for food; 2) increase […]


Optimal presents at International SME Networking and Clustering (SNC) Project Conference

July 1, 2013

In Turkey, The Ministry of Economy is implementing a project named the SME Networking and Clustering (SNC) Project) supported by the EU during the period from February 2011 to November 2013.


The Evaluation of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Regional Cluster Initiative — Year Two Report

June 27, 2013

Optimal Solutions Group, LLC (Optimal) was contracted to work with  the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) on its Regional Cluster Initiative in October of 2010. The SBA’s Cluster Initiative provides funding to the organizing entities of ten clusters in order to increase opportunities for small business participation within the clusters, promote innovation in the industries on which the ten clusters […]


University of Maryland College of Information Studies (iSchool) Carol Boston to present “Motivation and technology for citizen science projects”

April 9, 2013

Carol Boston- Faculty Research Assistant at the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies (iSchool), will discuss work in progress on iSchool research related to volunteer motivation to participate in citizen science projects,  and the technology (including mobile apps and multi-user, touch-input-based tabletops)  to support and encourage their participation on April 17, 2013 at 12 noon at Optimal Solutions Group, […]


Optimal Open House on January 31, 2013 for New Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center

January 14, 2013

This past September, Optimal Solutions Group, LLC (Optimal) opened its new innovation and entrepreneurship center (IEC) as a part of its ongoing commitment and focus in these areas. The center, which is operational, is located adjacent to Optimal’s current headquarters in the University of Maryland’s (UMD) M Square Research Park. Research park tenants, University of Maryland officials, clients and partners […]


Optimal staffers pull together for Baltimore Homeless and Sandy Relief

December 1, 2012

The 2012 holiday charity collection focused on the survivors of Hurricane Sandy, which caused devastating damage to parts of New York and New Jersey in late October 2012. Over $600 was donated to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy disaster relief with staff contributions matched by the company. In addition, staff also collected supplies for Health Care for the […]


CMS to Monitor and Identify Best Practices in Medicare Advantage and Part D Quality Improvement Initiatives

November 15, 2012

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has contracted with Optimal Solutions Group, LLC (“Optimal”) for the Medicare Advantage and Part D Quality Oversight, Monitoring, and Best Practices task order.


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