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Small Business Owners Urged to Attend DC Event to Learn How to do Business with USDA

Posted by Russell Avalos, Program Analyst, USDA Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization in USDA Results Initiatives Rural
Jan 26, 2012

USDA’s continued commitment to broadening small business access to contract opportunities stimulates small business ownership and economic growth, creates jobs, and results in improving the quality of life across America.

USDA currently awards over 52 percent of all contract dollars to small businesses throughout the country in support of its various missions. If you’re a small business owner, we encourage you to attend and participate in the USDA Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) Procurement Conference.  This year it will be held on April 19, here in Washington, DC.    

The OSDBU Procurement Conference is a national gathering fostering business partnerships between the Federal Government, its prime contractors, and small, minority, service-disabled veteran-owned, veteran-owned, HUBZone, and women-owned businesses. This conference has become the premier event for small businesses throughout the United States.  The Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC is the venue for this year’s event which will allow for wide participation by both small businesses and the Federal Government.

This unique one-day event attracts more than 3,000 people including:

  • Over 500 government attendees representing 50 Federal, State and local agencies
  • Prime Contractors with teaming and mentor-protégé opportunities
  • Hundreds of small businesses, minority-owned businesses, women-owned businesses, Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses, 8a businesses and HUB-Zone businesses

Participating firms will have the benefit of marketing their products and services to procurement representatives and small business specialists from federal agencies. Companies may choose to set up an exhibit table to showcase their capabilities or simply come as an attendee. The conference also includes educational conference sessions, procurement matchmaking, and a dynamic exhibitor showcase.

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Category/Topic: USDA Results Initiatives Rural