Event Feb 24 to help Vermont firms find ‘matches’ with government agencies and prime contractors

first_imgThe event is sponsored by Leahy, the Vermont Procurement Technical Assistance Center, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Vermont Agency of Transportation, the Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services, the Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center, the Vermont Small Business Development Center and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. BURLINGTON, Vt. (THURSDAY, Feb. 17, 2011)# # # # # Senator Patrick Leahy announced Thursday that more than 30 government agencies and prime contractors will be available to meet with Vermont’s small businesses during a contract matchmaker event next Thursday, February 24th, at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Burlington.  The event will also feature Governor Peter Shumlin, U.S. Small Business Administration New England Regional Administrator Jeanne Hulit, and U.S. General Services Administration Regional Administrator Robert Zarnetske.During the ‘Contacts to Contracts’ event, small businesses will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with government officials and private contractors to learn about how to do business with local, state and federal government.  Small business representatives will arrive early the day of the event to sign up for ten-minute one-on-one meetings with each of the exhibitors they are interested in doing business with.  There will also be a panel discussion on how to do business with state government after the matchmaker sessions.‘The federal government is the biggest potential customer for many products that Vermont businesses produce,’ said Leahy, a champion of a federal grant program that funds the Vermont Procurement Technical Assistance Center, a sponsor of the Contacts to Contracts event.  ‘Many of the Vermont firms that could be selling to federal agencies today are not.  The key to doing business with the government, as with other customers, is understanding how the procurement system works, what the government needs and what the government will need in the future.  This matchmaking event will give Vermonters the chance to talk directly to the people who know the answers to all of those questions.  It’s a chance to create long-lasting relationships and to tap information that can lead to bidding on and winning contracts.’‘The U.S. Government is the largest procurer of goods and services in the world,’ said SBA New England Regional Administrator Hulit, who will speak during lunch.  ‘At the SBA we work to ensure that America’s small businesses have the opportunity to compete for these contracts, bringing cutting edge technologies to the government and creating jobs in their communities.’For more information or to register, visit www.vtsbdc.org(link is external) or call 1-802-828-5243.  A list of registered government agencies and prime contractors available to meet with small businesses follows. Government AgenciesPrime ContractorsVermont Agency of Natural ResourcesAMETEK SCP Inc.Vermont Agency of TransportationBoeingChittenden County Transportation AuthorityDEW ConstructionU.S. Army, Watervliet ArsenalEADS Supply and ServicesU.S. Army, Natick Soldier SystemsEngleberth ConstructionU.S. Navy Portsmouth Naval ShipyardForensic Technology Inc.U.S. Navy Undersea Warfare CenterGE AviationU.S. Navy Public Works Department, MaineGeneral DynamicsU.S. Air Force, Electronic Systems CenterGoodrich CorporationU.S. Citizenship and Immigration ServicesLockheed Martin AeronauticsU.S. Department of StateNeagley & Chase Construction CompanyU.S. Forest ServiceNorthrop Grumman CorporationU.S. General Services AdministrationQinetiQ U.S. Department of TransportationRaytheonVermont National GuardSikorsky AircraftVermont Historic SitesSunburst Software Solutions, Inc.Vermont Office of Purchasing and Contractinglast_img

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