Government Events

Events, Workshops, Training Sessions, Trade Shows, Conventions, Conferences, Expos

Educational and networking opportunities for government contracting

Government Development Center hosts and participate in a wide variety of events and training sessions that provide comprehensive coverage of high priority topics in the government market place. We understand that education and information are the most important components in increasing industry potential. That’s why we hold and attend Events, Workshops, Training Sessions, Trade Shows, Conventions, Conferences, Expos and fairs throughout the year focusing on improving business to government practices and processes and provide you the important information you’ll need to get and win more government business.

Federal, state and local agencies host and participate in trade shows, conventions, conferences, procurement/opportunity fairs and other events each year and many of your best prospects are there. Here’s even better news: many of these events are specifically designed to publicize contract opportunities and attract new vendors for the agencies. In addition, many of the companies that attend are potential teaming partners, either as prime contractors or subcontractors.

Even in this Internet-driven age, contracting officers don’t award multi-million dollar contracts without face-to-face contact. Having face time with multiple contracting officers over a two- or three-day event is a marketing goldmine. We represent our clients at these very important events.

 

 

We are entering into the busy season of Conferences, Training Sessions, and Expos. Please visit our Facebook page for updates.

 

 

January/ February 2017 Events

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Small Business Education Series: Federal Contracting Certifications

Time: 8;30 AM -10:00 AM
Location: McLean, VA 22101

Register Here

The federal government is the largest consumer in the United States, there are over $500 billion of federal contracts out there! How can small businesses get a some of that money? Through the help of small business certifications! If you are interested in all the different small business certifications available, then this workshop is for you.

 

Tuesday – Wednesday, February 7th – 8th 20th, 2017

National 8(a) Association 2017 Winter Conference

Time: 8;00 AM -5:00 PM
Location: Orlando, FL

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8(a) certified and non-8(a) certified businesses gain the valuable education, promotion, and federal contracting information they need to further advance their level of experience and achieve a higher degree of success. We are proud to feature key government officials and representatives, nationally recognized legal and accounting firms, a networking reception, business-to-business matchmaking and more!  National 8(a) Association 2017 Winter Conference at the Caribe Royale with confirmed OSDBU, procurement reps and buyers from DLA, MDA, NAVAIR, DCMA, Federal Reserve, DOI, MBDA, SBA, USAID, TSA, DHS, VA, HHS, NIH, DOE, Boeing, Sandia, Lockheed Martin, Unisys, BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman, and more!

 

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

New Vendor Presentation Webinar

Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Virtual

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This webinar is gives a basic overview of GSA Contracts for new Schedule holders.

 

December 2016

In-house training for our staff is held this month. We also have end of the year specials on our services in the month of December. Contact us at 888-232-3650 and use code EOY16.

 

November 2016 Events

November 2, 2016 at 9am
GSA Headquarters: 1800 F Street NW, Room 1425, Washington, DC 20405

Service-Disabled and Veteran-Owned start-ups and new small businesses, industries including Information Technology, Defense and Professional Services should consider attending this event.

The coaching event will give you the opportunity to hear from Jerome Fletcher, GSA OSBU Associate Administrator and Christy Jackiewicz, the National Director of the OSBU Office of Customer Care and Outreach. You will meet the coaches and learn about best practices before a question and answer session.

October 2016 Events

 

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

NASA KSC Business Opportunities Expo 2016

Time: 9:30 AM -3:00 PM
Location: Port Canaveral, Terminal 10

Register Here

The NASA Kennedy Space Center Business Opportunities Expo is sponsored by the NASA/KSC Prime Contractor Board, 45th Space Wing, and the Canaveral Port Authority, and features approximately 150 business and government exhibitors.

 

October 27, 2016

Fort Belvoir Expo

Officers Club 5500 Schulz Circle #20, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060

PEO EIS (PEO Enterprise Information Services main office and several other commands) PEO EIS is one of 140 Agencies located on Ft Belvoir. Their Mission is to enable information dominance for every Soldier by rapidly delivering innovative and cost-effective IT solutions connecting the global Army.PEO EIS is comprised of 34 acquisition programs, crossing all functional domains, in all acquisition life cycle phases. Through the hard work and dedication of a workforce of military, government civilians, and contractor support, PEO EIS successfully manages approximately $3.5 billion in IT investments and fields systems around the globe. These systems support Army and DOD-wide communications, logistics, medical, finance, personnel, biometrics, training and procurement operations.

This event is a base wide event. Requested technologies include, but are in no way limited to:

Cyber Security, Information Technology  *  Information Assurance  *  Anything relating to Health: , Biotechnical, and Medical   *  Engineering  *  Aerospace  *   Telecommunications  *  NetOps Capabilities  *  Night Vision  *  Secure Solutions  *  Wireless Technology  * Collaboration/Web Computers  *  Greening  * Satellite Systems  *  Intelligence Gathering Systems  *  Electronic Warfare Equipment  *  Help Desk  *  Global Portals  *  VOIP Security Solutions  *  Battlefield Radio Frequency (RF) Systems  *  Network Integration  *  Radar Systems  *  Rugged l Positions Systems  *  Enterprise Data Center Solutions  *  Facilities Management  *  Vehicles and maintenance  *  Body Armor, Equipment and Training  *IT:HW,SW, Professional  *  Furniture  *  Generators, Boilers and Chillers  *  Professional Services: Program Management, Construction Management and Estimators  *  Temporary Services  *  Tents/ Medical  *  Tents/ Flooring, Heating and AC  *  Fleet Rental (vehicles)  *  Plumbing  *  Roofing  *  Fire / EMS Equipment  *  Hotel Services (multiple cities)  *  Heavy Equipment  *  Tools  *  Audio Visual VTC  *  Security Fencing  *  Uniform Cleaning Services  *  Environmental Disposal  *  Janitorial Supplies  *  Sewage Cleaning and Repair  *  Gym Equipment

September 2016 Events

Mon, Sept 5th, 2016

Understanding How to Access Procurement Opportunities

Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: Virtual

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This training is designed to review our sources for procurement opportunities that are both planned and posted. We will highlight targeted data for your strategic planning to help you identify and understand when the opportunities will be available and how best to plan your engagement with program managers and small business specialist.

 

Tuesday, September 13th

Women in Defense Luncheon Panel

Time: 11:30 AM. – 1:00 PM
Location: Tampa, FL

Our panel speakers include:

  • COL Pam Hoyt, USA (Ret.)
  • CAPT Kent Paro, USN & Christy Paro
  • COL Rick Polczynski, USA (Ret.) & Sandy Polczynski
  • LTC Ruth VanDyke, USA (Ret.) & COL Lewis VanDyke, USA (Ret.)

 

 

July/August 2016 Events

Summer Break – Preparation for 4th Quarter

 

May/ June 2016 Events

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

GSA Schedules vs. Open Market Webinar

Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: Virtual

Register Here

This course will familiarize you with commonly-used methods of acquisition: issuing task or delivery orders under GSA’s Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) (FAR Subpart 8.4), and the Simplified Acquisition Procedures of FAR 13 or negotiating a stand-alone contract under FAR Part 15. This course will explore the differences and similarities between Subpart 8.4 and Parts 13 & 15 procedures, advantages and disadvantages for various situations, and help you analyze the alternatives as you develop your acquisition strategy. Two (2) CLP credits.

 

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Washington Navy Yard Small Business Symposium

Time: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Location: Washington, D.C. (A security form must be filled out by all attendees)

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Register Here

Join us at the annual one day symposium held at the naval yard. Speakers from Navy Commands will discuss how to do business with their organizations. Matchmaking time allotted. Specific requests include:

  • Department of the Navy: All Small Business
  • Naval Facilities: looking for Small Businesses that fall into the categories of Construction and Facilities Management
  • Office of Naval Research: looking for Small Businesses that fall into the categories of Research and Development
  • Strategic Systems Programs: looking for Small Businesses that fall into the categories of Missile Defense
  • Naval Sea systems Command:  looking for Small Businesses that fall into the categories of Technical Engineering and Professional Services

 

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

2016 OSBU’s Summer Small Business Development Fair

Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: Washington, D.C. 

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Register Here

 

March/ April 2016 Events

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

2016 OSBU Spring Conference

Time: 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Location: 1800 F ST NW, Washington DC

Register Here

2016 OSBU Spring Conference – “Making It Easier to Do Business with GSA”. Focusing on improving both the buyer and vendor contracting experience.

 

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

26th Annual Government Procurement Conference

Time: 8:00 AM -4:00 PM
Location: Walter E Washington Convention Center, Washington DC

Register Here

The Government Procurement Conference is a national conference fostering business partnerships between the Federal Government, its prime contractors, and small, minority, service-disabled veteran-owned, veteran-owned, HUBZone, and women-owned businesses. Now in its 26th year, the Government Procurement Conference has become the premier event for small businesses throughout the United States.

 

January/ February 2016 Events

Tuesday – Wednesday, February 9-10th 20th, 2016 PLUS TRIAD Winter Meeting on the 11th

National 8(a) Association 2016 Winter Conference

Time: 80 AM -5:00 PM
Location: Orlando, FL

Register Here

8(a) certified and non-8(a) certified businesses gain the valuable education, promotion, and federal contracting information they need to further advance their level of experience and achieve a higher degree of success. We are proud to feature key government officials and representatives, nationally recognized legal and accounting firms, a networking reception, business-to-business matchmaking and more! We are excited to announce that this year the TRIAD Winter Meeting will be held again in conjunction with the National 8(a) Association 2016 Winter Conference at the Caribe Royale on February 11. This will bring over 85 additional Small Business Liaison Officers to you.

 

October 2015 Events

 

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

NASA KSC 25th Year Ann Business Opportunities Expo 2015

Time: 9:30 AM -3:00 PM
Location: Port Canaveral, Terminal 10

Register Here

The NASA Kennedy Space Center 25th Year Anniversary Business Opportunities Expo 2015 is sponsored by the NASA/KSC Prime Contractor Board, 45th Space Wing, and the Canaveral Port Authority, and features approximately 150 business and government exhibitors.

 

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Professional Services Schedule Consolidation Webinar

Time: 10:00 AM -11:00 AM
Location: Virtual  

This webinar is for existing contract holders.

 

September 2015 Events

Friday, September 11th, 2015

GSA eBuy Webinar

Time: 10:00 AM -11:00 AM
Location: Virtual CT# 03122015-46057

 

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

Ft Bragg B2G Conference and Expo

Time: 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: Ft Bragg, NC

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Fort Bragg is home to the XVIII Airborne Corps, the 82nd Airborne Division, and the US Special Operations Command. The installation is located west of the City of Fayetteville
and occupies 251 square miles across five counties in the North Carolina Sandhills Region.

As a result of BRAC 2005 decisions, Fort Bragg is home to the US Army Forces Command and US Army Reserve Command. BRAC 2005 actions at Fort Bragg include the activation of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, the departure of the 7th Special Forces Group, and the realignment of Pope Air Force Base resulting in the transfer
of real property and services to the Army and the renaming
of the base to Pope Field. The installation also experienced population growth resulting from the Grow the Army Initiative and Army Modularity. These defense related actions, coupled with BRAC 2005, have resulted in a net gain of approximately 7,500 additional military and civilians jobs to the region.

August 2015 Events

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Location: Orlando, FL

Florida Chamber Foundation will bring together Florida’s military and defense industry experts, policy makers, and economic development and business leaders to tackle challenges and opportunities.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

FCL-GSA-0029 GSA Schedules vs. Open Market

Time: 1 PM – 3 PM
Location: Virtual, DC

Register Here

This course will familiarize you with commonly-used methods of acquisition: issuing task or delivery orders under GSA’s Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) (FAR Subpart 8.4), and the Simplified Acquisition Procedures of FAR 13 or negotiating a stand-alone contract under FAR Part 15. This course will explore the differences and similarities between Subpart 8.4 and Parts 13 & 15 procedures, advantages and disadvantages for various situations, and help you analyze the alternatives as you develop your acquisition strategy. This two (2) CLP credit course is approximately one-to-two (1-2) hours.

 

July 2015 Events

Thursday, July 16, 2015

General Services Administration (GSA), Federal Acquisition Service (FAS), National IT Commodity Program (NITCP)

Time: 1:00 pm
Location: Virtual Industry Day

GSA introduces innovative program called “Advantage Select”.  Advantage Select will be advertised and implemented through the GSA Advantage program, with it’s own specific landing page within the GSA Advantage web site.

June 2015 Events

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Mayport Naval Station, Jacksonville, FL

NAVY GSA ANNUAL SHOW

Fees: $250.00 at each event if you register early.  After May 14, 2015, late registration fee is $300

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Naval Air Station (NAS), Jacksonville, FL

NAVY GSA ANNUAL SHOW

Fees: $250.00 at each event if you register early.  After May 14, 2015, late registration fee is $300

 

April 2015 Events

Wednesday, April 15th

25th Anniversary Government Procurement Conference

Register Here
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location:  Washington, DC

Fees: 

Online registration through noon on April 12th $200.00 per person
Walk-up registration $250.00 per person
Government Attendee (must have .gov or .mil email) NO CHARGE

The 2015 Government Procurement Conference is a national conference fostering business partnerships between the Federal Government, its prime contractors, and small, minority, service-disabled veteran-owned, veteran-owned, HUBZone, and women-owned businesses. Now in its 25th year, the Government Procurement Conference has become the premier event for small businesses throughout the United States.

Participating firms will have the benefit of marketing their products and services to procurement representatives and small business specialists from government agencies.

Join us to network with federal agencies, take advantage of business resources, as well as hear small businesses share tips and strategies in their work with Federal Government.  While this event is in response to the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, all small businesses interested in the federal market are encouraged to attend this FREE event.  Government agencies and resources will be available to help small businesses learn how to match their capabilities with agencies in one convenient location.

 

Friday, April 10, 2015

Doing Business with the Government

Location:  Metcalfe Federal Building, Morrison Conference Room 328

77 West Jackson Blvd. Chicago, Illinois 60604

Time:       8:30 A.M – 2:00 P.M. (CST)

Cost:       FREE Register Here

Join us to network with federal agencies, take advantage of business resources, as well as hear small businesses share tips and strategies in their work with Federal Government.  While this event is in response to the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, all small businesses interested in the federal market are encouraged to attend this FREE event.  Government agencies and resources will be available to help small businesses learn how to match their capabilities with agencies in one convenient location.  

Featuring: Dr. Sunil Kumar, Dean of The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, U.S. General Services Administration, U.S. Small Business Administration

Other Confirmed Federal Agency Participants: United States Environmental Protection Agency, United States Department of Energy, Federal Aviation Administration and United States Department of Veteran’s Affairs

 

Thursday, April 9th

Washington Navy Yard Technology Expo

Register Today Only 1 week before the security is due!  

Location: Washington, DC

This expo will focus on both energy efficient technologies as well as information technology products and services.

Industry exhibitors are invited to register for this event and network with the Washington Navy Yard personnel about the latest advancements, products and services in the marketplace. Both the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) and the Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) are located at the Navy Yard and will be invited to attend the exposition.

Attendees During past events we’ve had a broad group of attendees including:

  • IT Specialists from the Military Sealift Command, SPAWAR and NAVSEA
  • Network Engineers and Web Developers from the Marine Corps Institute
  • System Engineers, Program Managers and Program Analysts from PEO Integrated Warfare Systems and Strategic Systems Program
  • IT Manager, Procurement Manager, IA Security Analyst, and Engineers from NAVSEA
  • Chief Engineer from the National Security Space Office
  • Contract Specialists from SPAWAR
  • Chief Officer, IT Training Manager and Security Specialists from NCIS
  • and personnel from the CIO’s office.

The event will be promoted to all of the Washington Navy Yard base to and draw in a diverse group of attendees.

 

March 2015 Events

Wednesday, March 25th

2nd Annual ISSA COS Cyber Focus Day – “Focus on Cybercrime” 

Register Here
Time: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Location:  University of Colorado – Colorado Springs

Fees: Registration – $125.00

This one-day forum will once again feature a technology showcase from some of today’s leaders in cybersecurity and IT, as well as informative sessions allowing industry experts to brief attendees on the latest trends and best practices in cybersecurity. “Focus on Cybercrime” will have speakers from:
*    The FBI Cyber Squad Denver
*    Air Force Space Command
*    US Army Cyber Command
*    MainNerve, Salient and more 

February 2015 Events

Tuesday – Wednesday, February 3 – 4th

2015 National 8a Association Winter Conference

Register Here
Time: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location:  Caribe Royale – Orlando, FL

Fees: Late Registration – $695.00 BEGINS 1/15/15

The 2015 Winter Conference will focus on federal and legal updates along with how to navigate the ever-changing world of federal contracting. The nation’s top legal firms and the industry’s best consultants will be there to help give you the knowledge you need to become successful and stay that way. Federal Agencies and Prime Contractors will have the opportunity to explain exactly what it is they are looking for and what you need to do to secure contracts with them. We are excited to announce this year the TRIAD Winter Meeting will be held in conjunction with the National 8(a) Association 2015 Winter Conference at the Caribe Royale on February 5th. This will bring over 85 additional Small Business Liaison Officers to you.  This will be our largest event to date and with 85 new Small Business Liaison Officers attending you can’t afford to miss this event!.

 

February 4 – 7th, GDC will be attending a show in the Indianapolis area.

 

Thursday, February 26th

February Outreach: Seminar and MatchMaker

Register Here
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location:  Governors House – Falls Church, VA

Fees: Regularly $299.00 / Person Early Bird Pricing $199.00 / Person. Add an associate for an additional $99.00.

Event: February Outreach provides business development opportunities for vendors in a setting where they can get personal attention in successfully marketing their products, services and supplies to Defense and Civilian procurement representatives, primes, and acquisition personnel.

 

November/December 2014 Events

 

Thursday, November 6th

State and Local Reverse Trade show

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Time: 7:30 aM – 2:00 PM
Location:  Heritage Club – Pinellas County, FL

The objective is to encourage and facilitate business interaction between governmental agencies and local vendors to support area sustainability. Sign up and tell them what your business does or sells.

 

Wednesday, November 12th

IT Schedule 70 Quarterly Industry Meeting – Q1 FY15

Register Here (waitlist – session is full)
Time: 1 PM – 2:00 PM
Location:  Online

Event: IT Schedule 70 Quarterly Industry Meeting – Q1 FY15
Description: The Quarterly Industry meeting is an opportunity for IT Schedule 70 Leadership to meet with our valued Industry Partners and provide information on IT Schedule 70’s key initiatives, policy updates and outreach efforts. We also use the meeting as an opportunity to gather Industry feedback.
Host: Bernice Walker
Tuesday through Thursday, December 9th-11th

National Veterans Small Business Engagement

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Location:  Georgia World Congress Center – Atlanta, GA

Get connected at the largest three-day event for Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSBs). National Veterans Small Business Engagement (NVSBE) attracts thousands of VOSBs to connect with federal agencies, commercial corporations, and prime contractors, among other partners to foster success. With greater opportunities for direct access and exposure to contracting and program specialists, NVSBE welcomes you to make the connections necessary to succeed in today’s competitive contracting environment.

This year’s NVSBE theme—Access—provides attendees an unprecedented level of engagement that helps small businesses, particularly Veterans, compete for and win business.

 

Wednesday, December 10th

GSA Webinar: GSA’s Reverse Auction for Vendors Training Course

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Cost: Free

Time:  1pm – 2pm ET

On July 1, 2013, GSA launched its government managed Reverse Auction Platform eTool System which is ready for use.  Major system enhancements have been released throughout the year.  This training will provide the vendor community information on all of the exciting new improvements, the benefits of using reverse auctioning and how to utilize the platform to bid on auctions released by Buyers by taking the vendor users through the auction process.

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