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Release No. 0085.14
Office of Communications (202)720-4623

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Deputy Secretary Harden Announces Event in Support of Small Businesses in Rural Areas

WASHINGTON, May 12, 2014 - Deputy Agriculture Secretary Krysta Harden announced that USDA's Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) will host an event in Arkansas next month to give small business owners the opportunity to partner with federal agencies. The meeting, in Pine Bluff, supports Obama Administration efforts to put Americans back to work and create an economy built to last.

Conference attendees will have an opportunity to participate in a full day of workshops and panel discussions led by program and small business procurement officials from USDA and other federal agencies. Topics include acquisition needs and opportunities, procurement methods and business development resources. In continuing efforts to increase small business contracting participation by enhancing the competitive posture of small businesses and small farmer-owned cooperatives, there will also be a workshop dedicated to contracting opportunities in rural America.

The event will be held Wednesday, June 25, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on the campus of University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Building #30, S.J. Parker 1890 Extension Complex Auditorium, 2300 L. A. Prexy Drive, Pine Bluff, Ark. 71601.

There is no conference fee. Pre-registration is preferred with onsite registration available. Registration will open from now until June 18, 2014. For additional information, visit

This is National Small Business week. To find out more visit the U.S. Small Business Administration website.


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