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
UMD’s Public Health Dean Robert Gold Speaks at Annual Meeting

February 10, 2011

Optimal Solutions Group, LLC (Optimal), hosted University of Maryland (UMD) School of Public Health Dean Robert Gold at its Annual Meeting on Thursday, February 3. The annual meeting focused on establishing goals, generating ideas and providing a framework for Optimal to meet its objectives by providing information, expertise, workshops, and training for its staff.


Panel Discussion on Multidisciplinary Approaches in Crime Prevention Marks First Real-Time Seminar

February 7, 2011

University of Maryland alumnus Dr. Calvin Johnson of the Court Services & Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA) led Optimal Solutions Group, LLC’s (Optimal’s) first Real-Time Policy Seminar with his presentation, “Business Intelligence and Predictive Analytics in Criminal Justice: Assessing the Risk of Failure While Under Community Supervision,” on Friday, February 4. Dr. Johnson explained how CSOSA uses predictive analytics from a […]


Real-Time Seminar: Business Intelligence and Predictive Analytics in Criminal Justice

February 1, 2011

University of Maryland alumnus Dr. Calvin Johnson of the Court Services & Offender Supervision Agency (CSOSA) will kick off Optimal Solutions Group, LLC’s (Optimal’s) Real-Time Policy Seminar Series with a presentation entitled “Business Intelligence and Predictive Analytics in Criminal Justice: Assessing the Risk of Failure While Under Community Supervision.” He will discuss the convergence of business intelligence tools and research […]


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

February 1, 2011

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.


Dr. Michael Kaiser of the Maryland Institute for Policy Analysis and Research Presents on Prevalence in Healthcare Disparities

January 1, 2011

A researcher for the Maryland Institute for Policy Analysis and Research, gave a presentation on the subject of his dissertation, “Does prevalence matter?” at Optimal Solutions Group, LLC’s Brown Bag on Wednesday, March 30. Dr. Kaiser spoke about the role of prevalence in health care disparities among rare and non-rare cancer groups, specifically comparing Blacks and Whites in areas of […]


Dr. Berna Demiralp Presents on Entrepreneurial Choice, Liquidity Constraints and Human Capital

January 1, 2011

Old Dominion University (ODU) Assistant Professor of Economics Dr. Berna Demiralp presented at Optimal Solutions Group’s, LLC, (Optimal’s) Brown Bag on Friday, March 25. Dr. Demiralp’s paper, titled, “Wealth, Human Capital, and the Transition to Entrepreneurship,” co-authored by Dr. Johanna Francis (Fordham University), explores the importance of liquidity constraints in the entrepreneurial choice decision and whether it varies across individuals […]


Employees Shed Pounds, Get Healthy and Lower Insurance Premiums

November 5, 2010

Recognizing that taking preventive health measures is the key to offsetting future medical costs, Optimal Solutions Group, LLC (Optimal) recently began a program to encourage exercise and healthier living for its staff. In September, Optimal launched a creative health campaign, highlighted by the “Walk Fit” challenges.


Dr. Jack Meyer to Discuss Health Reform Opportunities and Challenges

October 14, 2010

Please join Optimal Solutions Group, LLC (Optimal) on Thursday, October 21, 2010, in welcoming Jack Meyer, Ph.D., who will speak as part of Optimal’s Brown Bag Series.


Intelligent Management Helpdesk

October 1, 2010

Optimal Solutions Group, LLC (Optimal) Research Analysts Lindsey Cramer and Erin Twamley will present on “Intelligent Helpdesk Management” as part of the Optimal Brown Bag Series.


Mark Turner Selected to the Board of Visitors at the University of Maryland’s College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

September 30, 2010

Dr. Mark Turner, President and CEO of Optimal Solutions Group, LLC was selected to serve as a member of the Board of Visitors at the University of Maryland’s College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS). Dr. Turner was formally introduced at the 2010 Fall Board of Visitors Meeting on September 28, 2010.


Optimal Launches New Website

September 27, 2010

Optimal Solutions Group, LLC (Optimal) launched a new interactive corporate website on September 24 that features Web 2.0  components such as Twitter, Facebook, and RSS Feeds. During the second phase of the launch, users will be introduced to virtual conferencing and live-streaming of Optimal presentations.


Optimal to Co-Sponsor, Participate in University of Maryland Health IT and Economics Workshop

September 22, 2010

Optimal Solutions Group, LLC (Optimal) is a proud co-sponsor and active participant in the First Annual Workshop on Health IT and Economics (WHITE). The conference is hosted by the Robert H. Smith School of Business Center for Health Information and Decision Systems at the University of Maryland.


Lindsey Cramer to Present at National Association for Welfare Research and Statistics (NAWRS) Annual Workshop

September 8, 2010

At the upcoming 50th National Association for Welfare Research and Statistics (NAWRS) Annual Workshop, Optimal Solutions Group, LLC (Optimal) Research Analyst II, Lindsey Cramer, will present on Optimal’s growing efforts to promote the data efficacy focus within two of Optimal’s fatherhood programs in Maryland: Strong Father/Strong Families and Winning Fathers Demonstration Project.


Optimal Contracted to Support SBA’s Regional Innovation Clusters Initiative

August 18, 2010

Optimal Solutions Group, LLC (Optimal) has been contracted to work with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) on the “Innovative Economies” Regional Cluster Initiative (RCI) support services project.


Dr. Ernst Nilsson Presents on the Benefits of Large IT Investments

August 18, 2010

Optimal Solutions Group, LLC (Optimal) welcomed Dr. Ernst Nilsson as part of its Brown Bag Series. Dr. Nilsson’s presentation, entitled “Benefits Realization from Large Investments in IT” addressed the following key points:


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