SBA and Virgin Islands SBDC Host 4th Annual Government Contracting Matchmaking Events

CHRISTIANSTED, U.S. Virgin Islands - The St. Croix Area Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands district, in conjunction with the University of the Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center, will host the 4th Annual Government Contracting Matchmaking Events on Thursday, July 26 in St. Croix and on Friday, July 27 in St. Thomas, both starting at 8:00 AM.

“Both events are geared toward matching small firms with prospective federal and state purchasing officers and prime contractors,” said SBA Senior Area Manager Carl Christensen. “Our main objective is to help promote the business development of Virgin Islands firms through federal contracting opportunities, and we encourage all local small business owners to attend.”

The federal government is the world’s largest buyer of goods and services, with over $475 billion in purchases during fiscal year 2011.  Matchmaking Events provide an ideal venue for small business owners to meet face-to-face with purchasing representatives and contracting officers, and learn how they can get a piece of the federal contracting pie.

In addition to individual appointments between small firms and contracting officers, the Virgin Islands Matchmaking Events will include educational sessions on 8(a) and Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Zone certifications, the Central Contractor Registration, and SBA loan guaranty programs.  Participating this year will be U.S. Army National Guard, U.S. National Park Service, Virgin Islands Department of Property & Procurement, Virgin Islands Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, and Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority, among others.

The Fourth Annual Government Contracting Matchmaking Events will be held at the Governor Juan F. Luis Cardiac Conference Center, 4007 Estate Diamond Ruby in Christiansted, St. Croix on Thursday, July 26, and at the UVI Small Business Development Center, 8000 Nisky Center Suite 720, in St. Thomas on Friday, July 27. Both events will be conducted from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. To register Free of Charge and for more information, please call (340) 692-5270 or (340) 718-5381 in St. Croix and (340) 776-3206 in St. Thomas.

For more information on SBA government contracting programs, please visit http://www.sba.gov/contracting

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