Florida 8(a) Alliance 7th Annual Federal Contracting Conference
Growing Small Businesses into the Future
The month of May ended with two very successful days for the Florida 8(a) Alliance in celebrating seven years of giving back to the small business community. On May 30th and 31st, over 200+ small businesses, contractors, government representatives, large business representatives and Exhibitors gathered at the Wynham Lake Buena Vista Hotel, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida to capitalize on both networking and educational opportunities.
Our focus this year were topics that dealt with marketing and developing a competitive proposal for small businesses. Additionally, going from market research to pricing to understanding source selection, as you work toward gaining contracts in the competitive market.
Diane Jordan-Burks, Army Corps of Engineers, shares how the Florida 8(a) Alliance 7th Annual Conference provides the avenue for her to reach those firms interested in doing business with the government. The 2018 Conference opens up numerous networking opportunities for the small business owner.
Highlights from Wednesday, May 30th Itinerary
This ½ day’s events included the latest updates from the SBA for Small Businesses, a Market Research and Capture session and an evening Welcome Reception for all conference attendees. New to this year’s conference and serving as prelude to our Welcome Reception was our 1st Members Round Table Discussion. This “meet and greet” session provided an excellent networking opportunity for new and current members. Topics discussed included unique marketing ideas and approaches as well as methods/strategies useful in landing contracts with large businesses and government agencies.
Highlights from Thursday, May 31st Itinerary
A full day of Networking Opportunities, Breakout Sessions, Small Business Success Panel and our Government Agency Panel. Also, joining us again this year via teleconference was Robert Willis, 8(a) Eligibility Rep with one-on-one session and providing assistance to both potential 8(a) applicants and current 8(a) recipients.
Special thanks to our keynote speaker, David Loines, Office of Government Contracting, U. S. SBA for sharing updates and upcoming changes that were relevant to the small business community.
2017 Conference Attendee Quotes
The information we’ve received and the contacts made during past conferences have been great. We were able to talk to different people and hear their success stories & lessons learned. The workshops have been informative and applicable to our growing 8(a) company.Gwen & Larry CollinsGreen Machine & Manufacturing, Inc.I just wanted to thank you all for a great conference this week! I met a lot of great folks and gained some knowledge through the seminars and speakers. I look forward to connecting with you again!Richie HarrisJoint Enterprise Technologies, LLCThank you again for the opportunity to participate in the 8(a) Alliance 2018 Federal Contracting Conference. I really enjoyed meeting the team and being a part of the convention.Margaret LowingerFirst Citizens BankThe Florida 8(a) Alliance 2018 Conference was very informative and helpful. The sessions that were “super helpful” included How to Sell Yourself As a Teammate, 17 Must Haves for Government Contracting & the Small Business Success Panel.Jordan WilliamsFYGmon, LLC
2018 Florida 8(a) Alliance Conference Highlights
Andy Harold and Stephanie Landing speaks with conference attendee.Andy Harold addresses members of Florida 8(a) Alliance during the Members Round Table SessionStephanie Landing, Executive Director and Andy Harold, Board Chair of Florida 8(a) Alliance smiles after another successful conferenceStephanie Landing, Executive Director and Andy Harold, Board Chair, meet with conference attendee in Exhibitor HallBoard Chair, Andy Harold welcomes members of the Alliance to our 1st Members Round Table Session.Conference attendee takes a photo opp after being very happy to attend the 2018 Florida 8(a) Alliance ConferenceExhibitors pose a moment for a photo opportunity during Florida 8(a) Alliance Welcome Reception.Networking and building relationships during the 2018 Federal Contracting Conference.Angie Harper takes a moment to network with Keystone Benefits Group and a fellow conference attendee.2018 Conference Attendees take advantage of the information shared during one of our breakout sessions.Florida 8(a) Alliance members shares information during the Members Round Table Session.Pam Brown, Florida 8(a) Alliance Membership Coordinator, welcomes two new members to the Florida 8(a) Alliance.Ken Hamilton, SBA North addresses conference attendees during first day of conference.Conference attendees listen attentively during a breakout session.Breakout sessions with conference attendees.Conference attendee stop at Lockheed Martin's booth to speak with Suzanne Rehab and staff member.Our 2018 Conference Welcome Reception with government agencies representatives.Joe Crotty, owner of STAC Systems, LLC and staff member chats with conference host, Admiral Kendell (ret.)Welcome Reception provides opportunity for Business-owner to Business-owner relationship. Great networking opportunity.1 - 19<>
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