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.


  • By Peluang Usaha, March 12, 2011 @ 8:09 pm

    Interesting information. Very good quality. Thank You.

  • By Brandon, April 26, 2011 @ 1:15 am

    Glad to see something like this. Small businesses usually assume working with the federal government is the exclusive domain of large firms. Telling people how they can leverage federal resources to impact local communities will really help some struggling businesses.

  • By Walter | Como Importar De China, July 11, 2011 @ 2:58 pm

    There is a great initiative for small businesses, here in my country the government has many problems. That has occasions that require many small business services. I’m glad to know that governments consider small businesses in their projects.

    I think large corporations should also consider more small businesses in major projects and works. That in some way could avoid some types of monopolies.

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