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Opening Doors to Government Contracting Conference

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Opening Doors to Government Contracting Conference

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
SUNY Polytechnic Student Center, 5701 Horatio St, Utica 13502

Not sure how to sell your products or services to the government? Minority and women entrepreneurs are invited to the “Opening Doors to Government Contracting” conference in the fall of 2017 at the SUNY Polytechnic Student Center in Marcy, NY. The conference will be 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 (PTAC),  and Utica SCORE.

“Opening Doors to Government Contracting” will provide key information, resources and practical advice on how to do business with federal, state, and local agencies. The half-day conference includes presentations from procurement resource specialists and successful business owners that are currently selling to the government.

Procurement resource specialists will present specific government procurement programs and certifications for minority and women entrepreneurs. Participants will be able to attend concurrent workshops that will cover federal contracting, federal certifications, and state certifications. Attendees will be able to meet with contracting representatives from agencies in the state and federal government as well as large corporations during the Speed Networking Session. 


Small business registration for the event is $10.00 per person and includes continental breakfast.
Please register online. Questions about the event? Please contact the Women's Business Center of NYS at 315-733-9848. This event website will be updated as details are confirmed. Join this event's mailing list by contacting SBA at 315-471-9393 or emailing rachael.stanton@sba.gov. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made by request in advance to the Mohawk Valley SBDC at 315-792-7546.


8:30 a.m. Registration/Networking/Visit Exhibitors

9:00 a.m. Welcome Dr. William Durgin, SUNY Polytechnic Institute Provost

9:05 a.m. The Value of Selling to the Government Bernard J. Paprocki, SBA Syracuse
                 District Director

9:10 a.m. Bid Matching Expo - Opportunities for Small Businesses

  • Mohawk Valley SBDC/Procurement Assistance Center
  • North Country PTAC
  • NYS Contract Reporter

                              9:20 a.m. Keynote Address Jaime Sweet, Hartman Enterprises, Inc. President

                              9:45 a.m. Speed Networking Session with Exhibitors and Bid Matching Expo

                              10:15 a.m. Top 10 Tips for Starting as a Subcontractor Michael Stark, PAR
                                                 Government/ Rome Research Corporation Business Management
                                                 and Contracts Senior Director

                              10:45 a.m. Concurrent Workshops

  • Federal Contracting & Marketing to Federal Agencies- Stephen Barr, SBA 
  • State Certifications & Marketing to State Agencies-Carol Mead, Empire State Development

                              11:30 a.m. Speed Networking Session and Bid Matching Expo

                              12:00 p.m. Conclusion


Cosponsorship Agreement # 17-0248-88. SBA's participation in this cosponsored activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services
of any cosponsor or other person or entity. All SBA programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities may be made by request in advance to Roxanne Mutchler at 315-792-7547.