SBA introduces training workshops for course credit hours.

Small business owners who are interested in obtaining federal contracts will be presented with new opportunities when the U.S. Small Business Administration teams up with private sector co-sponsors to hold the 35th Annual Industry/SBA Procurement Conference.

The procurement conference includes award ceremonies, networking, training and procurement opportunities. It also features a business exposition/matchmaking event, pairing small business owners with prime contractors and federal agencies. The conference officially runs May 8th- 10th at the Renaissance Washington Hotel. The theme for this year's conference is "Industry & Government: Working Together."

The annual procurement conference will educate small business owners on how to participate in the $200 billion federal marketplace. The conference provides the perfect venue for all small businesses to share their contracting experiences and challenges with each other and to learn about new business opportunities and resources available in the marketplace today.

The SBA is reaffirming its commitment to the continued success of all small businesses by joining forces with the private sector to conduct the first ever Training: Earn While You Learn workshops during this year's conference. The National Contract Management Association (NCMA) will conduct the workshops and all attendees will receive credit toward their NCMA re-certification. Also, attendance at these workshops will count toward continuous learning points for Department of Defense attendees and continuing education units for other attendees.

The conference's workshops will touch on subjects such as:

  • Consolidation: How combining contracts affects the small business community
  • Strategic Alliances: Finding the right business partner
  • Selling to the federal government: How to find opportunities and open doors
  • Graduating from the 8(a) Program: Moving on
  • Mentor-Prot¿ programs: Incentives for small business development
  • Legislative Update: Status of legislation affecting small business contracting
  • Teaming Agreements: Getting what you bargained for
  • E-Business: Finding business opportunities on the Internet

There will be a business exposition for entrepreneurs to network and receive peer-to-peer counseling. A new aspect of the business exposition will be a matchmaking event. The SBA will recognize small businesses for their outstanding accomplishments in the contracting arena. These awards will include:

  • Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for Excellence
  • Administrator's Award for Excellence
  • Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year Award
  • Small Business Subcontractor of the Year Award
  • Frances Perkins Vanguard Award
  • Gold Star Award

A list of regional prime/subcontractor award winners and the latest information on the procurement conference and registration is available at

For more information about all of the SBA's programs for small businesses, call the SBA Answer Desk at 1-800-U-ASK SBA or TDD 704-344-6640. Also, visit the SBA's extensive Web site at