Government connecting with small businesses

Last year, the Department of Energy spent over $25 billion in contracts, and Western’s share of that was more than $80 million in appropriated funds.

This can lead small contractors and vendors to wonder how they can land those Federal contracts that agencies post. Here at Western, we work with the regional Small Business Administration to educate small businesses about the Federal contracting process and how to get involved.

As part of Western’s program, staff hosted a Business Outreach Session at its Corporate Services Office in Lakewood, Colo., Jan. 26. It gave interested businesses an opportunity to connect with Federal acquisition and program managers. This free event provided breakout sessions and networking opportunities.

Yet, if you weren’t able to attend, don’t worry. You can always catch an upcoming DOE small business event or get some free marketing tips from Western’s Small Business Program.

Upcoming events?

If you’re looking for another opportunity to connect with the Department of Energy, check out the upcoming 12th Annual DOE Small Business Conference & Expo, in Kansas City,May 10 to 12, 2011. The event will feature educational workshops, an Exhibit Hall with more than 200 exhibitors/sponsors, as well as business matchmaking sessions.