Moulding the next generation of business analytics experts

Business analytics has the potential to make modern organisations more efficient, robust and successful than ever before. Source: UNH

The global market is continuously evolving through competitive and regulatory pressures, necessitating fast and accurate business decisions. Big data has disrupted the skills and knowledge required of employees across functions to deliver value to their organisations.

The McKinsey Institute projects that the US will face a shortage of about 190,000 data scientists and 1.5 million managers and data analysts who can interpret and implement data.

These are essential skills that businesses need to unlock insights that bolsters their competitive edge.

It’s clear that business analytics has the potential to transform modern organisations, and improve their business strategies, making them more efficient, robust and successful. Despite that, deriving insights from data and converting that knowledge into action, is a skill that requires trained experts.

Narrowing the data-driven professional gap

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Contract Specialist – DIRECT HIRE job with USAJobs



You will serve as a Contract Specialist for FHWA where you will award, administer and closeout contracts to support these programs and may procure complex studies; technical & professional services; professional training services; specialized equipment; supplies and services. These programs administer large dollar, multiyear contracts; task/delivery orders; inter/intra-agency agreements; and purchase orders.

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As a Contract Specialist, you will:

  • Be responsible for the full range of pre-award functions involving procurements (including assistance agreements), typically involving technical services or programs of research and development, specialized equipment or systems. Be responsible for the solicitation, analysis, evaluation, and negotiation of proposals and budgets.
  • Perform acquisition planning, scheduling procurement from time of acceptance in the Division through award. Develop procurement objectives for the requirement in terms of competition and price range, and constructs the considerations. Prepare and maintain current acquisition plans, appropriate milestone charts, and related
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Small business resources | Business World

Here are some resources for business owners:

Working Washington Small Business Grants, Round 4: Gov. Jay Inslee and the state Legislature approved a new round of small business grants. The $240 million in grants will focus on small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The application portal will open March 29. For details go to

American Rescue Plan: President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act on March 11. It includes:

  • Stimulus checks: The bill provides for $1,400 checks for individuals making less than $75,000 annually, and phased-out amounts for people with higher incomes. Married couples who file taxes jointly can receive two $1,400 checks if their combined income is below $150,000. Payments would phase out at $80,000 for individuals and $160,000 for married couples. Children and adult dependents (including disabled adults and college students) are eligible for the full $1,400.
  • Unemployment payments: The bill includes enhanced unemployment benefits
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Huston Pullen named director of UNF small business center | Jax Daily Record | Jacksonville Daily Record

The Florida Small Business Development Center Network and the University of North Florida announced Huston Pullen as the regional director of the Florida SBDC at UNF.

Pullen succeeds Janice Donaldson, who retired after 39 years with the Florida SBDC at UNF.

A university news release says Pullen will provide strategic direction and oversight of consulting, training and research activities within the center’s 18-county service area in Northeast Florida.

“We are very pleased to welcome Huston to the University of North Florida. He brings a wealth of experience in program management, economic and workforce development and strategic communications,” said Richard Buttimer, UNF Coggin College of Business dean, in the release.

“Huston is superbly equipped to lead the Florida SBDC at UNF in a way that honors Janice’s legacy while building upon it as the region looks ahead to its next chapter,” said Cheryl Kirby, interim CEO of the Florida SBDC Network.

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