Business Opportunity Specialist
Shanda Harris is a Business Opportunity Specialist with the Columbus District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). In this capacity Shanda works with small businesses that have been certified into the 8(a) Business Development Program, by helping to oversee 8(a) program compliance, and to facilitate business development opportunities. The 8(a) BD Program provides business assistance to help small socially and economically disadvantaged businesses to gain an entrance in the Federal government marketplace. In addition to working with 8(a) Firms, Shanda also assists companies with the other small business programs – including HUB Zone, Women Owned, as well as Veteran and Service Disabled Veteran Owned.
Prior to joining SBA, Shanda served as a Procurement Specialist with the Ohio University Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) where she managed the Columbus office. Her responsibilities included providing technical assistance, government contracting counseling, and procurement services to companies throughout a 10 county regional area. Before serving as a Procurement Specialist with PTAC, Shanda also worked with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for nine years. Shanda holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Tennessee State University, a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Ohio University, and a FAC-C Level 1 DAWIA Federal Government Contracting Certification.
Shanda is passionate about working in the small business community and counts it a privilege to serve in this capacity. In the words of one of her former PTAC clients – “Shanda is truly a conduit of connectivity”, she helps connect small businesses to the most appropriate resources.