J3 Consulting’s CIO Peter Cipriano gained insights while reaffirming the company’s mission is on track while attending the Department of Energy (DoE) Small Business Forum and Expo July 11-12 in New Orleans. Here, he shares some of his key takeaways from the event.

Q: What was the purpose of the DoE Small Business Forum and Expo?
A: The DoE Small Business Forum and Expo, hosted by the Department of Energy’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, served as a platform to connect small businesses with various entities within the Department. It facilitated valuable interactions among small businesses, program offices, power marketing administrations, laboratory and technology centers, and prime contractors, all geared towards advancing the Agency’s missions.

Q: Why was it important for J3 to attend?
A: Attending government events focused on small businesses and industry trends in the government sector is essential for J3 Consulting. Doing so not only enables us to expand our network but also keeps us updated on industry trends and ensures that our strategic plan aligns with the evolving needs and expectations of the government.

Q: What were your top 3 takeaways?
1. The emphasis on climate and sustainability innovations at the event was truly inspiring. Witnessing a wide array of vendors and speakers showcasing everything from new designs for engines to innovations in recycling was both exciting and encouraging. These initiatives aim to protect and preserve our country for future generations.
2. The DoE’s Energy Program for Innovation Clusters (EPIC) Pitch Competition was a highlight of the event. Eight cutting-edge clean tech startups had the opportunity to present their innovative ideas to a panel of judges, with the chance to win up to $100,000 in cash prizes. This competition provided a platform for small businesses to showcase their exciting clean-tech innovations, contributing to a cleaner and safer world.
3. The strong emphasis placed by the DoE and their National Laboratories on collaboration with small businesses was encouraging. Small businesses now play a significant role in the DoE’s 17 National Labs, which tackle critical scientific challenges, such as combating climate change and exploring the origins of our universe. These labs possess unique instruments and facilities, making them vital for large-scale research and development. Their multidisciplinary approach, prioritizing the translation of basic science into innovation, fosters an environment ripe for collaboration.

Q: How did this event solidify your belief that J3 is on the right track?
A: This event reaffirmed our belief that environmental solutions are paramount for the future. At J3 Consulting, we aspire to be an integral part of the solution when it comes to climate issues. Collaborating with the DoE and its National Laboratories will enable us to contribute towards these vital environmental endeavors. We are eager to forge partnerships with the DoE in the near future, leveraging our expertise to drive positive change and make a significant impact.