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INEAP was formed as one response to the growing need for collaboration among federal agencies to speak with one voice when addressing the needs of America's small and medium-sized businesses.  While not mandated by legislation, the INEAP was formed to address a growing sentiment within the federal government that the federal agencies can be most effective when working together on issues of mutual interests such as sustainability and support to American manufacturing and small businesses.  The INEAP works to coordinate individual agency activities through effective communication and sharing of ideas.  Furthermore, the INEAP encourages communication, interactions and collaborations with other non-federal organizations that can provide insight and information about the people they serve.  INEAP is not an advisory group or working group.

The INEAP meets monthly at rotating locations in the DC Metropolitan region hosting by different participants.  Meetings are generally held on the third or fourth Wednesday of the month from 2:00 – 4:00pm.  Topics on the agenda vary monthly but always include sharing information on current initiatives and activities.

The intent of the network is to focus on and support small and medium size businesses in the following areas: Technical Assistance, Sustainability, Technology Transfer Procurement, Business Management Assistance, Economic Development, Export, Finance, Finance, Workforce Training, Innovation, Energy Efficiency, Disaster Preparedness, Environmental improvements.  

There are many benefits that INEAP brings to the participants in the network, including the ability to quickly and easily gather information, leverage a large number of contacts in the field, and an increased ability to achieve program's mission.  In addition, the INEAP network enables collaborations and joint-teaming on various projects that may have not occurred otherwise.

Read the INEAP Charter

For more information please contact: Heidi Sheppard