Upcoming Matchmaker and Networking Events

The following PTAC and federal agency events provide terrific opportunities for small business contractors to learn from – and network with – agency buyers:


Atlanta, Georgia      January 22, 2015
Building Partnerships and Collaborating for Success: A Small Business Industry Day and Matchmaking Event

Sponsored By: NCMA, Atlanta Chapter and SBA

The Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center (GTPAC) will be hosting this free, all day event vendor matchmaking event being sponsored by the Atlanta chapter of the National Contract Management Association (NCMA). Federal agencies expected to participate include: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the EPA, GSA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the VA, and SBA. Federal prime contractors expected to participate include: Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, ICF International, RTI International, WYLE, Westat, Deloitte, and DB Consulting Group, Inc. Vendors will have the opportunity to be matched, based on NAICS codes, with federal agencies and primes for 15-minute appointments. The first 220 registrations will be accepted.  For more Information and to register: http://gtpac.ecenterdirect.com/ConferenceDetail.action?ID=7954

Newport News, Virginia        February 12, 2015
Langley-Eustis 3rd Biennial B2G Conference & Expo Sponsored By: U.S. Department of Defense

You do not have to be on the GSA schedule to participate. If you are, then you already know that you have to be seen. You have far greater opportunities when you meet one-on-one. Showcase what makes your company standout through new innovation,.tried and true products & services, or unbeatable pricing. Our events are an effective way to meet face-to-face with buyers, technical specialists, military and government contractors looking for teaming-agreements. This event is open to ALL technologies, products & services. For more Info: http://ttexpohrcc.org/

Casper, Wyoming            February 17 – 19, 2015
GRO-Biz Conference & Idea Expo
    Sponsored By: Wyoming Entrepreneur PTAC & SBDC, Wyoming Business Council, SBA, Senator Mike Enzi, Governor Matt Mead, University of Wyoming Business Resource Network Programs

The GRO-Biz Conference & Idea is an excellent educational and networking opportunity for Wyoming businesses. The two-and-a-half day event features breakout sessions, networking time, and keynote speakers covering many topics relevant to all types of businesses. Meet federal and local Contracting Officers from across the state and region to discuss opportunities with various agencies and how they buy your product or service. Attend breakout sessions to learn about topics specific to government contracting as well as general business strategies related to money, management, and marketing. Network with economic development professionals to learn about free resources available to business owners. For more information or to register: https://www.regonline.com/2015grobizidea

Puyallup, Washington          March 5, 2015
Alliance NW 2015   Sponsored By: Washington PTAC & The Thurston Economic Development Council

Any business interested in succeeding in the government marketplace should attend Alliance NW! The event attracts over 700 people, including the who’s-who of federal contracting. Alliance NW is the largest event in the Pacific Northwest, bringing together prime contractors, government agencies and small businesses for a full day of relationship building. Alliance NW boasts of a great morning and lunch keynote speaker, a tradeshow with over 90 booths, exceptional breakout sessions throughout the day and group match making sessions in the afternoon. For those new to government contracting, you’ll have an opportunity to meet government agency representatives, explore sub-contracting opportunities with prime contractors and attend high-quality training workshops. If your firm is an experienced government contractor, Alliance is the place to strengthen established relationships, explore other government contracting opportunities and teaming opportunities, and hear the marketplace’s latest news and trends from the expert workshop speakers. To learn more or to register as a sponsor, exhibitor, or attendee go to www.alliancenorthwest.org. Or contact Traci Hansen, 360-754-6320 thansen@thurstonedc.com. Early bird registration rates end January 31, 2015!

Columbus, Ohio        March 10 – 11, 2015
DLA Training-Knowledge-Opportunity (TKO) Seminar     Sponsored By: U.S. Defense Logistics Agency

Businesses are cordially invited to attend the DLA Land and Maritime Training, Knowledge and Opportunities (TKO) Seminar in Columbus, Ohio. The first day provides hands on training on how to do business with the DLA using tools like DIBBS and WAWF. The second day will be a more in-depth review of the Value Engineering Program and Alternate Offers. This FREE two-day event provides an excellent foundation for new vendors wishing to sell to the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), or existing vendors looking for the latest updates. Please direct questions to dla.land.and.maritime.tko.and.webinar.registration@dla.mil.

For more Info: http://www.landandmaritime.dla.mil/News/events/tko

For help with Government Contracting: contact your nearest Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC). Funded through Cooperative Agreements between the U.S. Department of Defense and state and local governments/institutions, PTACs provide free and low-cost assistance in virtually all areas of government contracting.