The Business Opportunity Council will hold its 15th Annual SADBOC Government Procurement Fair on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Earle Brown Heritage Center, 6155 Earle Brown Drive, Brooklyn Center, Minn.
Small businesses interested in doing business with government agencies and prime contractors are encouraged to attend this Trade Fair. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. with registration, followed by the Trade Fair at 9:00 a.m., with workshops and matchmaking opportunities until 3 p.m.
The event is free to attend. To register call Randy Czaia at 612-370-2314 or email [email protected] and visit www.sba.gov/mn. Also contact Sherri Komrosky at 612-259-6565, email sko[email protected] and visit www.mnptac.org.
Coupling education with marketing strategies, this event will provide small businesses an opportunity to meet with representatives from Federal, State and local departments, commercial and prime contractors, and nonprofit organizations; access available technical assistance; and learn about upcoming contracts.
The 15th Annual SADBOC Government Procurement Fair is sponsored by the Federal Executive Board’s Small and Disadvantaged Business Opportunity Council, in cooperation with PTAC and the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Small businesses have the opportunity to be matched with a government or corporate buyer interested in their particular product/service. (by appointment only). Online registration for a 10 minute appointment begins April 7th and closes April 25th. Click here for matchmaking registration. Matches will be posted on the SBA website on April 28 at www.sba.gov/mn.
Federal agencies present will include the Air Force Reserve 934th Airlift Wing, Army Corps of Engineers, Department of Labor – Wage and Hour Division, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), General Services Administration (GSA), Indian Health Service (IHS), Small Business Administration (SBA), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), USDA National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), VA Medical Center-Minneapolis.
State and local agencies present will include the cities of Minneapolis, St. Paul, Hennepin County, Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC), Metropolitan Council, Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA), MN Dept. of Admin – Materials Management, MN Dept. of Transportation, MN Trade Office, and University of Minnesota.
Commercial and Prime Contractors present will include 3M, ATK, Cargill, Cummins, Express Scripts, Fastenal, Federal Reserve Bank, HGA, Hiway Federal Credit Union, Graham, Industrial Contract Services, JE Dunn, Kraus-Anderson, Knutson Construction, LHB, Medtronic, Mortenson, MTS Systems, Noridian, Par Systems, PCL, Redwing Shoe Company, Ryan Companies US, SEH, Tennant, Toro, United Health Group, and UTC Aerospace Systems.
Nonprofit organizations present will include the Asian Economic Development, Association of the United States Army (AUSA), Association of Women Contractors (AWC), Better Business Bureau (BBB), Diversity Information Resources, MN American Indian Chamber (MAICC), Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA), Midwest Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC), Midwest Small Business Transportation Resource Center (SBTRC), PTAC MN Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC), National Association of Purchasing Managers (NAPM), National Contract Managers Association (NCMA), Native Diversification Network, Renal Network of the Upper Midwest, Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), SCORE Association, Women’s Business Development Center – Minnesota (WBDC-MN), Women in Defense (WID).
The workshops include:
• The Basics of Selling to the Government (Minnesota Procurement Technical Assistance Center)
• Vikings Stadium Update and Opportunities (Mortenson Construction)
• Past Performance (Eckland & Blando, LLP)
• Understanding the GSA Schedule Program (General Services Administration)
• Doing Business with the Veterans Administration Medical Center (VA Medical Center)
Certification panels present will include the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA); State of MN-Dept. of Admin.; MN Unifi ed Certifi cation Program (MnUCP); City of St. Paul-Central CERT & Section 3; North Central Supplier Development Council (NCMSDC); Women’s Business Development Center – Minnesota (WBDC-MN).
• Doing Business with Environmental Protection Agency.
• Doing Business with GSA Public Building Service
• Selling to the State of Minnesota
MN Department of Administration
• Veteran Verification Process Minnesota Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)
• Understanding the HUBZone Program
U.S. Small Business Administration
• Government Contracting Programs for Veteran-Owned Businesses — Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going?
• Prime Contractor Panel – Are You ready for Prime Time?
• 8(a) Business Development Program Orientation
• Capability Statements
• System for Award Management (SAM)
Minnesota Procurement Technical Assistance Center
• Wage and Hour Basics for Governement Contracts
• The BioPreferred Federal Procurement Preference Program
• Mentor-Protégé Panel