Linking small businesses with federal contract opportunities during National Small Business Week
The U.S. Small Business Administration will host a business matchmaking event allowing small businesses to discuss procurement opportunities with major corporations and federal agencies during National Small Business Week on May 22 in Washington, D.C.
The event will give small business owners from across the country an opportunity to learn about specific contracting and subcontracting opportunities by meeting face-to-face with contractors and federal agency representatives. This is part of SBA’s Procurement Day, which will also feature federal contracting panels on gaining access to federal contracting and subcontracting opportunities.
The business matchmaking sessions are open to small businesses that register for National Small Business Week. Small businesses must have a DUNS number, which can be obtained by going to the DUNS official website, and must be registered in Central Contractor Registration, the federal government’s official database of small businesses wishing to secure federal contracts.
The face-to-face matchmaking meetings will be 15 minutes, matching approximately 150 businesses and 20 buyers based on their compatibility and the buying needs of the federal agencies and corporations. Small business owners interested in participating must first register for National Small Business Week.
During the forums, small businesses will learn how to market themselves to the federal government and attain government contracting opportunities. Once small business owners register for the workshops, they will have the option of attending any of three sessions:
- Government Contracting 101: Small Business Contracting Programs
- Insights into Federal Contracting Opportunities with Federal Agency Offices of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBUs)
- Improving your Business through Subcontracting Opportunities