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News Release — 3 August 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media contact: Herb Booth, (817) 272-2761, hbooth@uta.edu

ARLINGTON -  

Businesses seeking marketing opportunities through government contracting will learn how to locate and construct winning bids at the 2009 Government Procurement Conference Aug. 12 at the Arlington Convention Center.

The University of Texas at Arlington Automation & Robotics Research Institute and its extension centers are hosting this 13th annual event. Major sponsors include, DynCorp, Intl., Raytheon, L-3, Bell Helicopter, Lockheed Martin, Vought, American Airlines, Army Corps of Engineers, GSA, SBA and others.

Many government agencies require some percentage of their procurements set aside for small businesses.
 
The conference begins promptly at 8:15 a.m. and runs to 4 p.m. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. The conference offers everything businesses need to know about doing business with federal, state and local government agencies, along with those entities' prime contractors and subcontractors. More than 1,200 attended last year's conference.
 
Online registration at www.gpc-texas.org is available through Aug.7. Cost is $90 through Aug. 5. Cost after this date and at the door is $100 and does not include lunch. Sponsorships and exhibitor opportunities are still available.
 
Keynote speakers are Michael Fallon with the Southwestern Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Michael Taylor, deputy district director for U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, who is the Honorary Conference Chair.
 
Some of the workshop topics offered include: federal supply schedules, doing business with a defense supply center, subcontracting to the federal prime contractors, doing business with the postal service, doing business with the Army/Air Force Exchange Services (AAFES), Federal Aviation Administration opportunities, marketing to the federal government, doing business with prime state contractors, doing business with municipalities and veterans' business opportunities. The General Services Administration (GSA) is hosting mini-workshops in the exhibit hall.

There are limited opportunities for free registrations for attendees and exhibitors that are Veteran and Service Disabled Veteran Owned businesses on the conference Web site. A CAGE code (commercial and governmental entity) is required at the time of online registration.
 
All information regarding registration can be found at www.ctpc-texas.org or contact Deborreh Wallace at dwallace@uta.edu or 817-272-5922.

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