Small business owners and contractors are invited to
participate in the Sixth Annual Connecting Businesses with Contracts
Procurement Conference, March 23, 2010, at the Southern University Smith-Brown
Memorial Student Union in Baton Rouge.
The conference continues to bring together potential and
existing contractors, entrepreneurs and government agencies in position for
business match making. Small enterprises are provided an opportunity to meet
contracting officers and purchasing agents.
Attendees will receive information on the new Disadvantaged
Business Enterprise American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Bonding Assistance
Reimbursable Fee Program, as well as SBA’s Surety Bond Guarantee Program that
can now be guaranteed for up to $5 million. GSA federal supply schedules and
USDA food commodity contracting opportunities will be explained. According to
organizers, conference participants will also gain a sure-fire plan to finally
become proactive in marketing their businesses.
Representatives from the Louisiana Office of State
Purchasing will answer questions from individuals on programs like the Hudson
and Veteran initiatives, which help small businesses contract with State
The conference is hosted by the Southern University Ag
Center, the Center for Rural and Small Business Development, Louisiana Small
Business Development Centers in Baton Rouge and Lafayette, the U.S. Small
Business Administration, Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center, and
the Louisiana Economic Development Corporation.
Registrations forms are available online
at http://www.crsbd.com/events/ and be faxed to (337) 482-5837 or
e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. All registrations must be received by
March 18. For more information, call the Small Business Administration at (504)