COOPER TO HOST THIRD ANNUAL PROCUREMENT CONFERENCE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
NASHVILLE - U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper announced that he will host the Third Annual Federal Small Business Procurement Conference on Friday, May 5, 2006. The conference will be held at David Lipscomb University in Nashville and will begin at 8:30 a.m.
The conference will bring together small businesses, including minority-owned and disadvantaged companies, with federal, state, and local government agencies and prime contractors. In addition, this year's conference will have a special focus on veteran-owned businesses.
"Middle Tennessee businesses have many of the products and skills the government is seeking," Cooper said in making the announcement. "This program is designed to help put local entrepreneurs in touch with federal contractors and get a shot at the more than $350 billion that the government is expected to spend on contracts in 2006."
According to Cooper, one of the most valuable opportunities the conference provides is direct contact with the government contractors. One-on-one sessions will bring local business owners together with federal agencies and prime contractors.
Last year, approximately 150 Tennessee companies participated in the conference. In the past, several of local businesses have obtained contracts with the government as a result of the contacts they made at Cooper's Procurement Conference.
Participating agencies include the Metropolitan Government Office of Minority and Small Business Assistance, Oak Ridge National Laboratories, the State of Tennessee Department of General Services, the State of Tennessee Department of Transportation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. General Services Administration, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Veterans Administration.
Corporate sponsors of the Federal Small Business Procurement Conference include the Center for Veterans Business Enterprise, Lipscomb University, the Nashville Electric Service, the Tennessee Valley Authority, the University of Tennessee Procurement Technical Assistance Center.
Participants must pre-register for the conference by calling Brenda Wynn in Cooper's office at 615-736-5295. The registration fee is $35.00 and includes continental breakfast, lunch, and conference materials.