Associate Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration
Robb Wong is SBA’s Associate Administrator for the Office of Government Contracting and Business Development (AA/GCBD) where he is a tireless advocate for small business government contractors across the United States to make sure they are fairly represented in government procurement. As AA/GCBD, Robb oversees all of the Agency’s small business procurement programs, including the small business set-aside, the 8(a) Business Development, the HUBZone, the women-owned small business (WOSB), and service disabled veteran-owned (SDVO) small business programs. This is his 2nd time at SBA. From 1987-1996 he was an Attorney at SBA headquarters focused on 8(a) eligibility and government contracts; He also gained valuable District Office experience as Acting District Counsel/District Director in both Houston and Lubbock where he focused on SBA lending. He left SBA in 1996 and spent the next 20 years using his SBA experience to successfully lead several businesses in the IT, professional services and pharmaceutical industries.
As AA/GCBD, Robb has tried to combine his experience in order to make the maze of government contracting a little less confusing for small businesses.
His strategy has been straightforward:
1) make SBA certifications more useful;
2) increase the supply of contracts reserved for the various small business programs; and
3) improve GCBD’s customer service.
By engaging directly and often with leaders of small business and government, Robb and the GCBD-team are constantly searching for ways to drive more benefits to small businesses by improving GCBD processes, policies, and programs.
The results have been promising so far: In FY2017 and FY2018, small business participation exceeded the 23% goal for the 4th and 5th consecutive years. More significantly the government established 2 milestones by spending more dollars than ever before in history in both 2017 ($105 billion) and even more in 2018 ($120 billion). The previous high was $99.1 billion.
Robb anticipates 2019 will be another strong year for small business contractors and he and his team are committed to doing their best to make that a reality.