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April 30, 2009

State, Rep. Welch Host Event To Help Companies Get Stimulus Contracts

Vermont Firms Can Learn How And Then Land Government Contracts

MONTPELIER, Vt. – With millions of federal stimulus dollars projected to come to Vermont, the state and Congressman Peter Welch are teaming up to help small businesses learn how to contract with the state and federal government at an event next week.

“Vermont is a small state, but many businesses still find it challenging to contract with state and federal agencies,” said Governor Jim Douglas, who will be on hand to deliver opening remarks at the event next Friday in Burlington. “Small businesses and government procurement officials have a great opportunity to meet face to face and make connections that could help their businesses grow while helping these agencies line up good, reliable suppliers.”

The “matchmaker” conference scheduled for May 1 will not only teach businesses how to contract with the government, but will provide them with an opportunity to meet with government agencies and contractors who are looking to contract or sub-contract with Vermont companies.

“This is a chance to not only learn how to play the game, but to get right in the batter’s box and take a few swings,” said Greg Maguire, director of the Vermont Procurement Technical Assistance Center, part of the state Department of Economic Development.

The “Stimulating Green $$” conference is being hosted at the Sheraton by several state agencies; Rep. Welch’s office; and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

“This is a great opportunity for Vermont business owners to learn how the federal stimulus bill can benefit their companies and their employees,” Rep. Welch said. “We expect roughly $130 million for infrastructure, weatherization and energy efficiency upgrade projects to flow into the state, thanks to the hard work of Vermont’s congressional delegation, led by Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders. Now we’re looking forward to providing Vermont business owners the tools they need to put those funds to use to create jobs and rebuild our economy.”

In addition to learning how to become qualified to bid on state and federal contracts, firms can participate in matchmaker sessions that allow them to introduce their services and products in one-on-one, ten-minute appointments with various government agencies and large companies who already contract with the government.

“We like to call it, ‘speed dating for businesses,’” said Maguire.

Businesses can meet with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; General Services Administration and Postal Service; the Vermont National Guard, Agency of Transportation and Departments of Information and Innovation, Buildings and General Services, and Environmental Conservation.

“It’s not only a chance to get contracts with government agencies, but with private enterprises,” said Lenae Quillen-Blume, State Director of Vermont Small Business Development Center. “Companies like DEW Construction, Goodrich Aerospace, and Microstrain.”

The $35 fee also includes breakfast and lunch, with keynote lunch addresses from Rep. Welch and Tom Evslin, Chief Recovery Officer from the Vermont Office of Economic Stimulus & Recovery.

The “Stimulating Green $$” contracting event takes place on Friday, May 1st, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Conference Center in Burlington.

For more information, visit: www.vtsbdc.org or call Joanne Rossignol at the Vermont Procurement Technical Assistance Center at (802) 828-5243.

Source: Agency of Commerce and Community Development
Last Updated at: April 30, 2009 16:56:47