2018 Government Contracting Symposium & Expo Breakout Sessions Announced

We are very excited to announce the breakout session topics for the 2018 SWFL Government Contracting Symposium & Expo! To register for this free event, please click here.

Click here to see the full program with list of exhibitors and presenter Bios

Breakout Session Descriptions
Breakout sessions are designed to be relatively short sessions where a smaller group of attendees gather to learn about and discuss specific subjects or aspects of government contracting.  Sessions will last approximately 45 minutes including a presentation by the featured speaker and Q&A. 

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

How to Do Business with the VA and the Importance of Capability Statements

Want to be successful in doing business with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs?  Learn about an important component to this process – a capability statement.  A capability statement is a marketing tool vendors use to promote their business to target viewers; much like a 5 minute “elevator speech”.  When used properly it should highlight what products and services your business provides and be tailored to your target viewer.  

Florida Department of Management Services:  Office of Supplier Diversity

Contracting and Certification with the State of Florida

The Office of Supplier Diversity certifies and assists Florida-based woman, veteran, and minority small business owners to better understand how to secure state government procurement opportunities. Hear from the state’s Office of Supplier Diversity on how to become certified, search for bids opportunities, and how to market your business to state government entities.

School District of Lee County

Doing Business with the School District of Lee County

Hear an overview of requirements and processes to successfully do business with the School District of Lee County including the revised construction solicitation process.

Florida Department of Transportation

FDOT Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Services Program and Benefits

Learn about the services FDOT offers ranging from back office support to bidding, marketing and researching possible opportunities, online training classes that center around construction management, bonding, developing a capability statement as well as business plans.

Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Navigating MyFloridaMarketPlace (MFMP)

This presentation will provide helpful tips on how to locate state agency’s 90-day spending plans, how to use MFMP to develop business-to-business leads, how to navigate the Vendor Bid System to gain insights regarding past agency decisions as well as how to locate current contracting opportunities within MFMP.

General Services Administration

Doing Business with General Services Administration

Learn about how to access procurement opportunities and small business resources to assist you in locating small business opportunities in your endeavor to do business with the Government.

Florida Gulf Coast University

How to Do Business with Florida Gulf Coast University

This session will give you an understanding of the Florida Gulf Coast University procurement process and capabilities briefings.

U.S. Small Business Administration

Government Contracting 101

The United States government is the single largest buyer of goods and services worldwide.  Small businesses represent over 99% of all businesses in the nation.  The U.S. Government is committed to making contracts available for small business competition; however, getting a contract is more than a notion when the yearly marketplace has a value of $500 billion!  This session will give you an introduction to the federal marketplace and will help you determine if it’s the market for you. 

U.S. Small Business Administration

Small Business Administration Programs and Services

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s mission is to help entrepreneurs start, grow and succeed by offering access to capital, contracts, counseling, and training in addition to helping communities recover after a declared disaster with long-term financial assistance. Small businesses represent over 99% of all businesses in America and create about two-thirds of the net new jobs. Join the SBA South Florida District Office to hear how the SBA fulfills its mission and how you can benefit. In addition, SBA myths & truths will be discussed as well as little-known SBA programs that help small firms succeed.

U.S. Special Operations Command

Tips and Tricks for Working with the Department of Defense

This presentation will provide a quick overview of U.S. Special Operations Command, as well as tips and tricks to being successful in working with the Department of Defense.

City of Bonita Springs

How to Do Business with the City of Bonita Springs

Find out how to register to receive electronic vendor notifications from the City of Bonita Springs and learn about the City of Bonita Springs procurement process.

Proposal Writing Tips

This presentation will focus on preparing for federal, state, and county proposal opportunities, including essential pre-requisites, appointment of a proposal manager and team, the development and review of a proposal and how to identify additional educational opportunities.

Government Contracting Made Simple

Learn about the fundamentals tools for successfully winning government contracts by effectively producing, preparing, targeting and executing.

To register for this free event, please click here.

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