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Speakers Announced For Opening Doors Contracting Conference in Utica

Release Date: 
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
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Advisory Date: 
Friday, May 16, 2014
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Cathy Pokines 315-471-9393 ext. 241

UTICA, N.Y. – Today SBA and Resource Partners announced the participants on the Small Business Resource Panel the “Opening Doors to Government Contracting” conference from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on May 20 at the SUNY IT Student Center in Marcy, NY. The panel entitled “How We Did It” is comprised of small business owners that are successfully selling to the federal, state, and local agencies. This year’s participants are TREX Planning Associates, Black Horse Group and roi Office Interiors.

TREX Planning Associates offers emergency response training, drills, exercises and planning to organizations, institutions and municipalities in the fields of Emergency Response, Health Care and Public Safety. With years of experience in disaster preparedness, Allan and Julie Chrysler started the business in 2009. They have completed contracts for government clients throughout New York State including Oneida, Lewis, Onondaga, Rockland, and Madison counties, as well as the NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Black Horse Group is a full-service, design-build general contracting firm that excels at federal and state construction projects. Owner Mary Warren, a mechanical engineer spent four years in the United States Air Force and worked for the U.S. Army Public Works Engineering and Construction Division, OHSHA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  Returning from work in Afghanistan in 2005, Mary launched Black Horse Group in Watertown, NY.

roi Office Interiors has been in business since 1995 and offers major office furniture lines, in-house design, and installation to both the public and private sector. Owners Robert and Lynne Angelicola have expanded from their original location in Rome, NY to include offices in Syracuse and Albany. They are seasoned government contractors and were recently awarded the 2014 Procurement Entrepreneur of the Year Award by the New York State Small Business Development Center.

“It is exciting to think that business owners of this caliber and experience are willing to share their experiences and expertise with small businesses that attend the Opening Doors event,” said Bernard J. Paprocki, SBA Syracuse district director. “It is one thing to learn about the programs that are available to assist businesses in the contracting arena, but it is invaluable to hear about practical lessons learned from business owners that are successfully competing for contracts.”

“Opening Doors to Government Contracting” will provide key information, resources and practical advice on how to do business with federal, state, and local agencies. In addition to the panel of small business owners, procurement resource specialists will present specific government procurement programs and certifications for minority and women entrepreneurs. Participants will be able to attend two of six concurrent workshops that will cover federal contracting, federal certifications, Women-owned Small Business (WOSB) certification, NYS Minority Women Business Enterprise (MWBE) certification, and contracting opportunities with Oneida County and the cities of Utica and Rome. The conference includes a continental breakfast.

The half-day event is presented by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Syracuse District Office, Mohawk Valley Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Procurement Assistance Center, NYS Women’s Business Center, North Country Procurement Technical Assistance Center, and Utica SCORE.

The cost of the conference is $20.00 per person. For more information and to register by May 12 visit www.sba.gov/openingdoorsmarcy or call (315) 733-9848.
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