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Barry McVay's FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH

DATE: April 10, 2000

FROM: Barry McVay, CPCM

SUBJECT: Department of Energy (DOE); First Annual Small Business Conference

SOURCE: DOE Policy Flash 2000-08, April 5, 2000

ACTION: Notice

AGENCIES: Office of Procurement and Assistance Management, DOE

SYNOPSIS: Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson has announced that the first annual small business conference, Partnering to Fuel Energy Innovations, will be held April 25-27, 2000, in Denver, CO, and he is inviting DOE activities, major contractors, and small businesses currently or interested in doing business with DOE.

EDITOR'S NOTE: For more on Secretary Richardson's original announcement of the conference, see the February 22, 2000, FEDERAL CONTRACTS DISPATCH "Department of Energy (DOE); Maximizing Small Business Utilization."

DATES: April 25 through 27, 2000. Reservations must be made by April 14, 2000.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Myrna Turturro, Information Management Officer, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, 202-586-2567, or the special conference website at http://www.oakridge.doe.gov/procurement/small.html.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: In a memorandum dated February 11, 2000, Secretary Richardson announced the implementation of several strategies to "maximize small business utilization." One of the strategies announced was the establishment of an annual DOE-wide conference to have DOE, program offices, and major contractors "educate the small business community about our business lines, forecasts, collaborative research and other opportunities." The secretary announced that the first conference would be held in Denver, CO (the announced dates were originally April 27 and 28, 2000).

In a March 31, 2000, letter to the small business community, Secretary Richardson states that DOE provides "over $3 billion a year in contracting opportunities to small businesses." He goes on to say that "the conference will bring together representative of the Department and our network of National Laboratories and facilities to inform the small business community about our business lines and forecast contracting opportunities, as well as technology transfer and collaborative research opportunities...Conference highlight include how to do business with the Department and its Laboratories, available business opportunities, methods of accessing capital, the Mentor-Protege Program, and effective models for small business participation in technology transfer initiatives."

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Barry McVay at 703-451-5953 or by e-mail to BarryMcVay@FedGovContracts.com.

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