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Procurement conference explains procedure to win federal contracts
Procurement conference explains procedure to win federal contracts

Congressman Ike Skelton
WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 26, 2009) — In order to make it easier for firms to learn about government business opportunities, each year I join forces with the Missouri Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) and the Missouri Procurement Assistance Centers (MO PAC) to sponsor a federal procurement conference. This year’s conference will be held on Friday, May 29, at the University of Central Missouri (UCM) in Warrensburg.

Learning how to do business with the federal government can be a daunting prospect, particularly for small businesses. When I served as chairman of the House Small Business Procurement Subcommittee, I often heard from business owners who wanted to expand their business through government contracting, but just didn’t know where to start.

The federal government spends about $250 billion a year on goods and services, and Missouri businesses sell many of the products the government needs. Our annual federal procurement conference is designed to help businesses learn how to navigate through government red tape, discuss new market opportunities, and make additional business contacts.

This year’s conference is sure to be the best ever. In addition to dozens of contractor and government buying activity exhibits, we are fortunate to have Lt. Gen. William Caldwell IV, commander of the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center in Fort Leavenworth, and Rear Admiral Sean Crean, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition, as guest speakers.

Small business owners interested in government contracting opportunities should not miss this useful and informative event. If you would like more details about the procurement conference, please check my official website http://www.house.gov/skelton. or call my office in Blue Springs at (816) 228-4242 for a copy of the conference agenda and registration form.

If you would like more information about federal contracting opportunities or would like to find out about other assistance available to small businesses, I encourage you to contact the Small Business and Technology Development Center at this address:

Small Business and Technology Development Center
University of Central Missouri
Dockery Suite 102
Warrensburg, MO 64093

The Center can be reached by phone at (660) 543-4402, by fax at (660) 543-8159, or by email at sbtdc@ucmo.edu.

Congressman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) serves as Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. Congressman Skelton’s website is at http://www.house.gov/skelton.

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