Connecting Businesses with Contracts | Virtual Business Development & Procurement Conference


April 12 & 13, 2022  

8:00 am – 12:00 pm CST

FREE and Open to the Public 

Hosted by Southern University AG Center and SBA, Louisiana District Office

This is our annual event that is being conducted virtually in conjunction with the Southern University Ag Center and the Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC) at Southern University.  Additional supporters include Louisiana Economic Development (LED) and the Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center (LA-PTAC).

The purpose of this conference is to provide training and assistance to the small business community including small businesses, woman-owned small businesses, small disadvantaged businesses, 8(a) certified firms, HUBZone certified firms, and Veteran-Owned (including Service-Disabled Veteran owned) small businesses and to link these various small businesses with Federal, State and Municipal procurement agents and Prime Contractors.  For the 2021 conference, there were more than 600 participants.

Some of the confirmed exhibitors to date include:  2d Contracting Squadron at Barksdale AFB, Kiewit-Boh JV, Louisiana Economic Development, USACE Mississippi Valley Division, USACE New Orleans District, USACE Vicksburg District, GSA, LSU Supplier Diversity, Port of New Orleans, NASA Office of Small Business Programs, SCORE, LA-DOTD, Morial Convention Center, Tulane University, NOLA Public Schools, Veterans Administration, Hornbeck Offshore Operations, Office of State Procurement, Manson Construction Co., Hancock-Whitney, Ruffin Consulting, SJB Group, LLC, LA-PTAC, EEOC, SBA, LSBDC, EDA, Iberia Industrial Development Foundation, Urban League of Louisiana, Secretary of State Director of Small Business Services, BankPlus, VBOC, USDA, TruFund, Marine Forces Reserve…

Proposed sessions will include:  A Procurement Panel in the General Session, Category Management – increasing Small Business Participation in Government Contracting, A Workshop For Veterans – CVE Verification, and SDVOSB/BOSB Certification, Mental Health Wellness – Taking Care of Yourself While Taking Care of Business, Federal Contract Readiness Program, DBE Certification and Technical Assistance, Responding to Proposals and Addressing Contract Disputes, Building Capacity Through Joint Ventures and Mentor Protégé Agreements.


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