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Government and Private Companies Join to Help Minnesota Small Businesses Identify and Obtain Contracts

Randy Czaia, Lead Since Fairs Founding, to Retire
Release Date: 
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Release Number: 
17.07.MN
Contact: 
Sarah Swenty, 612-370-2316, sarah.swenty@sba.gov

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 18th Annual SADBOC Government Procurement Fair will feature over 60 government agencies and large prime contractors at tables waiting for businesses to learn what services they seek. 

This year’s fair will be the last one for the founder, SBA’s Randy Czaia.  He created this unique opportunity nearly 20 years ago as SADBOC’s chair, and with the help of the other SADBOC members built it into a free event where businesses have made impactful connections and generated significant business growth.

“Randy and SBA’s resource partners have made a positive difference in the small business community here in Minnesota,” said Nancy Libersky, district director for SBA’s Minnesota District Office. “Since he started the SADBOC procurement fair in 2000 with the help of many other agencies, over 10,000 small businesses have attended and made countless connections leading to millions of dollars in contract awards.”

Czaia retires in May after 35 years working for the federal government.

Held on Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Earle Brown Heritage Center, 6155 Earle Brown Drive, Brooklyn Center, Minn., the SADBOC Procurement Fair will provide small businesses an opportunity to meet with representatives from federal, state and local departments, commercial/prime contractors, and nonprofit service providers. 

The event is expected to draw over 900 attendees from all parts of Minnesota. 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. 

For more information and to register to attend the event, visit 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 3, 2017. Go to http://sadbocmatchmaking.eventbrite.com. Matchmaking will close April 21, 2017.

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.

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