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Enzi to host 6th contracting conference for small businesses

Top Air Force acquisition official to address attendees

February 7, 2008

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., is inviting Wyoming business representatives to Cheyenne next week to expand their knowledge and explore ways to increase their sales.

Enzi is co-hosting the 6th annual Wyoming Government Procurement Opportunities for Small Business Conference scheduled to take place February 20-21, in the Holiday Inn. The conference is being co-hosted with the Wyoming Procurement Technical Assistance Center, also known as Government Resources and Opportunities for Business (GRO-Biz). Enzi said the event will give small business owners the opportunity to meet one-on-one with more than 50 federal and state government agencies and prime contractors and learn about government contracting.

“Past procurement conferences have been wonderful successes,” said Enzi, member of the Senate Small Business Committee. “During the conference, business owners will have a tremendous opportunity to meet with officials to talk about products they buy and any special requirements.  Representatives from the Defense Supply Center, Department of Treasury, Veteran’s Administration, University of Wyoming and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are just a few of the 50 state and federal contracting agencies that have been invited to share information with business owners."

Sue Payton, the Assistant Secretary of Air Force Acquisitions is scheduled to be the keynote speaker. Payton oversees the Air force purchasing of products and services from civilian businesses.

Enzi launched the procurement conference in 2002 with help from GRO-Biz. The fifth conference held in 2007 in Casper drew numerous small business participants who wanted to learn about the procurement process.  This sixth conference is an excellent opportunity for small business owners, representatives of small business interest groups, and federal agencies to continue to dialogue about federal government selling opportunities, Enzi said.

GRO-Biz, a partnership among the University of Wyoming, Wyoming Business Council and the Defense Logistics Agency, counsels and assists Wyoming businesses in the selling of their services and products to national, state and local governments.  The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Wyoming District office and various other resource offices have also assisted in the planning of the conference.

Please contact Shannon at 307-637-5029 if you are interested in participating in the conference or register at