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Government Coins

Government Coins

By GovLia
Government Coins is a podcast for small businesses that would like to scale up their businesses by selling to the government. Government contracting is a largely misunderstood topic, ShaKeia and Christlie are here to dispel the myths and share play-by-play with guests such as government buyers, prime contractors, and of course government contractors killing it in their industries. ShaKeia is the Founder of GovLia, a supplier management and engagement firm. Christlie is the Founder of Christlie G Consulting on a mission to introduce millions of black-owned businesses to government contracting.
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Season 2 | EP. 1 - Welcome Back - Introducing The New Host of Government Coins
More About Government Coins:  Government Coins is a podcast hosted by ShaKeia the founder of GovLia, Christlie the founder of Christlie G Consulting & Hamza Sabree the founder of Global Connects. Government Coins is a podcast focusing on— increasing small and minority owned business participation in government contracting! Our goal is to dismantle barriers of entry by educating the small minority business community and providing them with more insight on how to navigate the government contracting landscape. Unlike traditional outreach events and tradeshows, our podcast will allow us to connect with a wider range of small businesses both locally and nationally.    ______    More About The Hosts:   - ShaKeia is the founder of GovLia (, specializing in supplier diversity management, engagement, and outreach.    - Christlie is the founder of Christlie G Consulting  ( specializing in human resource and human capital management.    - Hamza is the founder of Global Connects (, specializing in facilitating the process of procuring government contracts.    ______   Connect with us on Instagram  Government Coins:    ShaKeia :    Christlie:    Hamza:   Now let's get some of these #GovernmentCoins !
January 21, 2022
Government Coins | Episode 12 - Understanding Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts w/ Ebony Smith
In this episode, we will be interviewing Ebony Smith, the founder of Ebenum Equation. Ebony is a leadership development expert with a passion for creating forward-thinking leaders. After 20 years of risk management experience in the Fortune 100 (Sunoco, BP, and World Fuel Services), her full-spectrum-lens view of leadership has empowered her to help individuals hone their goals and reach their full potential.     Ebony has worked in operational risk management as a health & safety advisor and in financial risk management on the derivatives trading desk. Today, she centers her career around transformational risk management where she partners with clients to develop leadership resilience and design foresight strategies for deployment.     Ebony has a B.S. in Chemistry from Jefferson and an M.S. in Environmental Protection and Safety Management from St. Joseph’s University of Philadelphia. After attaining a PPC (Professional Certified Coach) designation, by the ICF (International Coach Federation), she founded the ICF-certified Ebenum Leadership Academy to transform leaders into coaches. She is also a valued faculty member at Florida International University’s Center for Leadership.
December 17, 2021
Government Coins | Episode 11 - Selling promotional products to the government with Keel Russell
In this episode, we will be interviewing Keel Russell a serial entrepreneur, veteran, speaker, and founder of The Olab Group LLC. d/b/a Orange Lab Media is an award-winning boutique-style marketing laboratory specializing in marketing & communication services. Keel leads a diverse group of marketers, scientists, chemists, astronauts, strategists, designers, writers, influencers, and creative thinkers, who all share a love and passion for creating unique marketing experiences.    Since its inception, Orange Lab has consistently grown each year, almost doubling its revenue year over year. The company has several contracts with Fortune 500 companies and government agencies such as Starbucks, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Royal Caribbean, Mary Kay, JM Family Enterprises, Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Justice, General Service Administration, and several others.    Orange Lab is certified as a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), SBA HUBZone, Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE), and Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Keel is an alumnus of Florida International University, where he earned a Master of Science in Management Information Systems and a Master of Science in Marketing. Keel served 12 years in the United States Army, where he served one tour in the Middle East in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
December 10, 2021
Government Coins | Episode 10 - Former Contracting Specialist Shares Tips About Pricing Proposals with Mari Cofield
For this interview, we will be interviewing Mari Cofield, the founder & CEO of DM Consulting.  Mari is a former contracting specialist with more than 10 years of experience working for the government. Her company DM Consulting assists heavily with developing proposal and pricing criteria, completing market research, and responding to invitations for bids and requests for proposals. This week, she will share with us tips on pricing your offers and how to leverage market research to develop the best pricing.
December 03, 2021
Government Coins | Episode 9 - From Reading Proposal to Writing Proposals with Sharna Barnes
In this episode, we will be joined by Sharna Barnes, CEO, and Founder of Complete Contract Consulting. Sharna assists businesses in winning contracts through her bid proposal writing services, certification assistance, permitting & license, and compliance-related document management.  Sharna has assisted hundreds of businesses in acquiring contracts by sourcing the bid, writing the proposal, and submitting the proposal on their business behalf.  She helped quite a few businesses increase their business revenue through government and private sector contracts. Many of her clients received their very first contract through her company.   Follow Sharna on Instagram for all tips and gems about her experience in #GovCon:   Follow Complete Contract Consulting on Instagram:   Learn more about Complete Contract Consulting and the work they do:
November 19, 2021
Government Coins | Episode 8 - The role of a small business liaison within the government
In this episode we will be joined by Mimi Louizi  a former small business liaison and advocate. She will be sharing how she helped small businesses scale and grow their businesses.  Mimi helped manage a contract and helped a contractor not be disqualified from doing government work. To connect with Mimi Louizi visit her LinkedIn
November 05, 2021
Government Coins | Episode 7 - Partnerships & Prime Contractors: How To's, Lessons Learned & Tips W/ Christine Edwards
In this episode, we will be joined by Christine Edwards the CEO and Founder of Amplify Charlotte. Amplify Charlotte provides community engagement consulting for local government public safety, transportation, business & community advocacy. Christine will be sharing her experience in government contracting and how she has been a successful partnership and working with subcontractors to get access to government contracting opportunities.  Christine is also a government employee, we are interested to hear how her experience at work has helped her with her business and getting into the government contracting space, and are there any regulations about her doing work with governments because of her employment status.    Follow Christine on Instagram for all tips and gems about her experience in #GovCon:   Follow Amplify Charlotte:   Learn more about Amplify Charlette and the work they do: 
October 29, 2021
Government Coins | Episode 6 - Key Takeaways from the Last 5 Episodes and Community Updates
ShaKeia & Christlie will be doing a recap of the last 5 episodes, they will discuss key takeaways and community updates.
October 27, 2021
Government Coins | Episode 5 - Doing business with the government and corporation with an IT company w/ Marcellus Fox Wade
Marcellus Fox Wade @fox_wade is the founder and CEO of @black_fox_group Black Fox is a professional services company that provides innovative technologies in Operational Resilience, Emergency Management, Cyber Security, Information Technology Staff Augmentation, Network Security, Software Development, and Program Management.  There is a special treat in this episode because the @fox_wade  share with us how is business works with both government agencies and corporate companies to provide information technology services.
October 27, 2021
Government Coins | Episode 4 - Selling products to the government and working as a business consultant
Episode 4: In this episode, we are joined by Keith D. Wright PhD. Acting Director, Business Diversity in the Office of Diversity & Inclusion at the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. He is here to tell us about how the port authority does business with small businesses. What type of products and services does the port authority buy and if they have programs designed for small & minority-owned businesses to help them compete in this space.  More about The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
October 01, 2021
Government Coins | Episode 3 - Selling products to the government and working as a business consultant
Episode 3: In this episode, we will be interviewing Hamza Sabree from Global Connects LLC about his experience doing business with the government selling different products to the government. He also help other small businesses learn how to do business with the government by selling commodities that government agencies utilize every single day. We will discuss different requirements when doing business with the government, tips on how to succeed in this space and things you should be doing to build relationships to access no-bid contract opportunities.    Connect with Hamza Sabree
September 23, 2021
Government Coins | Episode 2 - What does Biden’s $1 Trillion Dollar Infrastructure Bill Mean For Small Businesses
Episode 2:   After the passing of a historic infrastructure bill, we received this question numerous times: "What does the $1 Trillion Dollar Infrastructure Bill mean for small businesses?" On Thursday, Sept 15, at 1:30PM, we have Adrianna Clark, the Office of Small Business Southeast Region Director, with the U.S. Department of Transportation joining us LIVE to share what this bill could mean for small businesses. More about the Dept of Transportation Office of Small &Disadvantaged Business Utilization
September 16, 2021
Government Coins | Episode 1 - Allow Us to Introduce Ourselves!
Season 1 Episode 1 of Government Coins: ShaKeia Kegler and Christlie Ganthier introduce themselves and explain the overall objective of the Government Coins Podcast. Government Coins is designed to be a way to inform, educate and connect small, minority and women owned businesses to the world of government contracting. This includes interviews from government professionals, prime contractors and business owners who have been successful in government contracting. 
September 01, 2021