Event Designed to Make Selling to the Government/Prime Contractors Easier for Minnesota Small Businesses

Release Date: 
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Release Number: 
16-07-MN
Contact: 
Sarah Swenty, 612-370-2316

MINNEAPOLIS – Small businesses interested in doing business with government agencies and prime contractors are invited to attend a free reverse trade fair. Turning the tables over traditional trade fairs, the 17th Annual SADBOC Government Procurement Fair will feature over 60 agencies and contractors at tables waiting for businesses to learn what services they are looking for. 

Held on Thursday, April 28, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Earle Brown Heritage Center, 6155 Earle Brown Drive, Brooklyn Center, Minn., the SADBOC Procurement Fair event will provide small businesses an opportunity to meet with representatives from federal, state and local departments, commercial/prime contractors, and nonprofit organizations. 

The event is expected to draw over 1,000 attendees. In addition to giving them a chance to get to know the buyers, attendees can learn how to be more successful in their efforts with 21 free workshops on Selling to the Government, Understanding the GSA Federal Supply Schedule, Federal Certifications, and much more. 

More information is available at https://www.facebook.com/sadboc/?fref=ts. Register to attend the event at https://sadbocprocurementfair.eventbrite.com.

Small businesses have an additional opportunity to be matched with a government or corporate buyer interested in their particular product/ service (by appointment only). Online registration for a 10 minute appointment begins April 4, 2016. Go to http://sadbocmatchmaking.eventbrite.com. Matchmaking will close April 22, 2016.

The SADBOC Procurement Fair is sponsored by the Federal Executive Board’s Small and Disadvantaged Business Opportunity Council, in cooperation with MN Procurement Technical Assistance Center and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The Small Business Administration was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.  The Minnesota District Office provides SBA programs and services to the state of Minnesota. Working with our resource partners across the state, we help businesses start, grow and achieve success.