The 15th Annual Procurement and Contracting Symposium: A Long Way for Lunch

Last week, I had the pleasure of presenting the keynote, “A Long Way for Lunch” at the 15th Annual Procurement and Contracting Symposium on behalf of the El Paso Community College Contract Opportunities Center.

It’s always a pleasure to work with and support organizations who support the growth and development of small businesses across the country; however, the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC) in general and the El Paso Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) specifically are among the best as they continue their mission to promote business development by providing procurement technical assistance throughout the County of El Paso.  Thank you, Pablo and Melissa for the honor and invitation.

This year’s event focused on the “how-to” of doing business with the city and county of El Paso along with several Federal organizations, to include Holloman Air Force Base (AFB), United States Army Mission and Installation Contracting Command (MICC) Fort Bliss, and the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Southwestern District. These decision makers included specific upcoming opportunities along with the commodities they seek.  In addition to these key decision-makers, the event included a host of breakout sessions specifically designed to educate small businesses in topics specific to their needs at various levels of maturity to include the Davis Bacon Act, Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) Program, 8(a) Business Development Program, the Service Contract Act, the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program (DBE), the basics of the System for Award Management (SAM) and Federal Business Opportunities (FBO).

The keynote was based on the blog, “A Long Way for Lunch,” and designed to help small businesses get the most of out of their events through pre-planning, deliberate execution, and post-event follow up activities.


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