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Vendor Outreach Workshop for Small Businesses in the Northwest Region of the United States

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Office of the Secretary, Interior.




The Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization of the Department of the Interior is hosting a Vendor Outreach Workshop for small businesses in the northwest region of the United States that are interested in doing business with the Department. The Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and U.S. Geological Survey are partnering in this exciting event that will promote small business. This outreach workshop will review market contracting opportunities for the attendees. Business owners will be able to share their individual perspectives with Contracting Officers, Program Managers and Small Business Specialists from the Department. Following the workshop, businesses will also participate in a matchmaking event that will allow businesses to talk with Department representatives during roundtable discussions.


The workshop will be held on May 13, 2009, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.


The workshop will be held at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97212. Register online at:​osdbu.

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Mark Oliver, Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, 1849 C Street, NW., MS 2252 MIB, Washington, DC 20240, telephone 877-375-9927.

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In accordance with the Small Business Act, as amended by Public Law 95-507, the Department has the responsibility to promote the use of small and small disadvantaged business for its acquisition of goods and services. The Department is proud of its accomplishments in meeting its business goals for small, small disadvantaged, 8(a), woman-owned, HUBZone, and service-disabled veteran-owned businesses. In Fiscal Year 2008, the Department awarded 55 per cent of its $2.6 billion in contracts to small businesses.

This fiscal year, the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization is reaching out to our internal stakeholders and the Department's small business community by conducting several vendor outreach workshops. The vendor outreach session for the southeast region was held in the Atlanta, Georgia, on February 11, 2009, at the Georgia International Convention Center. The Department's presenters will focus on contracting and subcontracting opportunities and how small businesses can better market services and products. Over 3,000 small businesses have been targeted for this event. If you are a small business interested in working with the Department, we urge you to register online at:​osdbu and attend the workshop.

These outreach events are a new and exciting opportunity for the Department's bureaus and offices to improve their support for small business. An additional outreach event will be held in the District of Columbia at a time and date to be determined.

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Mark Oliver,

Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization.

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[FR Doc. E9-9492 Filed 4-24-09; 8:45 am]