The IFMA Small & Midsized Business committee hosts a discussion for the community of small/midsized business IFMA members. In June Ann Oka, Senior Vice President, Supply Management for Sodexo joined us to provide insight on what Sodexo looks for in supplier partners and participants asked questions to learn more about doing business with Sodexo.
Small/Midsized Business (SMB) members and operator customers typically meet during the first day of IFMA's Chain Operator Exchange (COEX) conference to learn about and then discuss common opportunities. In the 2012, this meeting focused on addressing consumers need for "healthy" options. The presentation is from Datassential, and it provided information on what consumers really want and how we as manufacturers and operators can work together to appropriate options.
The Small/Midsized Business (SMB) Community will now have the opportunity to participate in all SMB Committee-led calls and activities. Get the 2013 calendar of events, including monthly calls featuring guest speakers, customers and subject matter experts, in addition to two in-person meetings.
This month, Congress is focused on clearing its agenda prior to the month-long August recess. Both the House of Representatives and the Senate continue to hold appropriations hearings, attempting progress towards passage of legislation to fund the government past September 30. In addition, Congress is attempting to address funding for transportation programs which expires at the end of July, as well as moving legislation to address the drought in the Western United States, particularly California.
This week, the Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) released the Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC).