Congressman Bill Posey (R-FL) will host a Federal Contracting Conference at the Women's Business Center at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida on Monday, May 21 and Tuesday, May 22, 2012. Business leaders currently doing business with the federal government should register to attend on May 21. Business leaders who are NOT currently doing business with the federal government, but want to learn about the procurement process should register to attend on May 22.
"This is the chance for government contractors to have one-on-one meetings with procurement representatives from Washington, D.C., and the Space and Treasure Coast to explore new contracting opportunities," said Congressman Bill Posey.
"The Women's Business Center at Florida Tech and the community are so thankful for Congressman Posey deciding to sponsor this conference. It will build on the success of the entrepreneur summits he hosted to support small businesses in his district," said Ms. Donn Miller-Kermani, Ph.D., Florida Institute of Technology.
"The Space Coast's high-tech companies hold wide-ranging capabilities that can serve the federal government in a variety of capacities. Congressman Posey's contracting forum provides an excellent opportunity for our businesses to learn the federal procurement process, potentially growing their customer base and enhancing their viability," said Lynda Weatherman, president & CEO of the Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast.
Victoria Peake, Small Business Development Center at BCC adds, "This conference provides a wonderful opportunity for our small businesses to learn more about government contracting and provides a venue to network and develop business connections that may help them in the future."
"The Greater Palm Bay Chamber was honored to participate in the government contracting conference this year," said Vicki Northrup, President and CEO of the Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce. "With the anticipated economic growth in South Brevard, our small and mid-sized businesses had the opportunity to learn the ropes of doing business with the government and appreciated hearing from the excellent speakers on the agenda."
The agenda includes a keynote address by Congressman Bill Posey and presentations by key federal procurement officials. Other speakers include Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce, Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce, Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce, Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce, FL MEP, Women In Defense, GCAT and special presentations by local defense contractors.
Congressman Bill Posey is pleased to coordinate with the Department of Defense (DOD), Air Force, Army, FAA, NASA, Dept. of Homeland Security, SBA, TRDA, Women's Business Center at Florida Institute of Technology, Space Florida, Brevard Workforce, Economic Development Commission of Florida' Space Coast, Small Business Development Center at Brevard Community College and SCORE.
The conference is free and open to business leaders who want to meet federal procurement representatives or to learn the federal procurement process.