Open house and training conference brings together government officials and small businesses to talk about real opportunities in the federal marketplace.
Nearly 300 small business representatives eager to learn more about doing business with the government gathered on Sept. 9 at GSA’s headquarters in Washington, DC., for a training conference and open house.
The event kicked off with welcoming remarks from GSA Deputy Administrator Denise Roth.
“We would like to thank all our small business partners here today for providing tremendous value and innovative services to our customer agencies,” said Roth. “Because of your commitment to providing excellence services, GSA is able to meet–and in some cases exceed–its small business contracting goals.”
The open house featured nine morning training sessions focused on the tools and programs available to small business to help them grow their business, including Preparing for Federal Sustainable Buying Preferences and Maximizing Small Business Participation in the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative.
The other GSA training offered were:
GSA Schedules: Pre and Post Award
Growing My Business Through GSA’s Mentor Protege Program
Reverse Auctions and Doing Business with GSA
Could Suspension and Debarment Happen to me?
The rest of the open house was devoted to one-on-one small business counseling and individual assistance.
GSA has a long track record of working with small businesses. In fact, GSA recently received an “A” grade from the Small Business Administration for its effort to expand opportunities for small businesses around the country. GSA awarded $1.3 billion to small business in Fiscal Year 2013.
Contracting with small businesses is a win-win for both the federal government and the small business community. The government receives great service at great value, while small businesses gain opportunities to grow their businesses and create jobs.