Our interim President is the founder, Linda Chatmon. She is the sole principal of Contracts and Grants, LLC and several other brands, all of which contribute to the growth of small businesses through contracts and grants, technology, and e-learning.
A Subject Matter Expert in Federal and Defense Acquisitions, she has 22 years of experience as an entrepreneur in Federal Acquisitions and has most recently been appointed to a TAD (Tax Allocation District) Advisory Board, that oversees a 1.2 Billion Dollar Mixed Use Project in Georgia. Through the direction of Ms. Chatmon, Contracts and Grants has been responsible for more than 2.2 Billion dollars in contracts and grant negotiations since 2011, of which 356 Million was awarded. This was accomplished with various clients with various agencies, in various countries, in the areas of Information Technology, Construction, Telecommunications, Facilities Maintenance, Facilities Management, Logistics, Operation and Maintenance and Base Support.
Linda Chatmon understands the value of international commerce and operates globally, having been particularly successful in SW Asia. In addition to offering proposal and contract support and program management for its clients, Contracts and Grants has recently been awarded contracts of its own. Contracts and Grants will continue as a prime and subcontractor for federal, state and local contracts, with a commitment to subcontract 49% of its contracts to other small, minority, women and veteran owned businesses.
An entrepreneur with a diversified portfolio, Ms. Chatmon owns The App Diva, LLC, a technology firm that specializes in application development, with a focus on the needs of entrepreneurs, small businesses, entertainers, travelers and celebrities. Ms. Chatmon recognized that there were common denominators of small business owners and created a suite of apps to accommodate those unique and diverse needs.
Other brands include: Person Behind The Brand, a web series dedicated to showcasing who we are behind our brands; PARS (Performance Assessment Rating System) a web based tool that provides small businesses a way to demonstrate their ability to be successful contractors, and TEN (Teaming Exchange Network) an algorithm driven technology tool that matches PARS participants with each other to maximize teaming relationships.
She is the author of two books titled, The Road to Government Contracts, and Grant-Worthy. A third book, based on Ms. Chatmon’s personal journey on The Road to Government Contracts is slated to be released this summer. Ms. Chatmon attended the University of North Carolina, and prior to entrepreneurship, was employed as a paralegal and responsible for contract administration and management for a large pharmaceutical corporation headquartered in Osaka Japan. Ms. Chatmon’s responsibilities included contract negotiation, contract administration, and protocol compliance for clinical trials.
Ms. Chatmon is a native of North Carolina, and resident of Washington DC suburbs for more than 20 years. In Ga since 2002, she now lives in McDonough, GA. She has two adult children, Michael an auditor for the State of Georgia, Jocelyn a Case Manager for Homeland Security in Washington DC, and grandson Jason.
“Traditionally, growth in membership, not the growth in revenues for its members was the performance metric for associations and other membership organizations. We plan to change that. I have 22 years of experience growing businesses other than my own and I have the lessons learned and track record to accelerate the success of this Chamber and that is exactly what I plan to do.”