Small Businesses Invited to the 2018 Training and Matchmaker Event – Government to Industry: Bridging Opportunities

07 June 2018



Leonarda Stewart
VT Procurement Technical Assistance Center
Vermont Department of Economic Development

Small Businesses Invited to the 2018 Training and Matchmaker Event – Government to Industry: Bridging Opportunities

MONTPELIER, VT – Small businesses throughout New England and New York will have the opportunity to meet procurement and prime contractors, as well as representatives from state and federal government agencies, at the 2018 Training and Matchmaker Event being held on June 20th and 21st at the Killington Grand Resort Hotel and Conference Center in Killington, VT.

Delivered by the Vermont Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) in partnership with the Department of Defense Northeast Regional Council, and sponsored by Elbit Systems of America, Kollsman Inc., the Vermont Agency of Transportation and the Vermont Department of Economic Development, the event will feature networking opportunities, practical training sessions, and a series of ten-minute-long, prescheduled and industry-code-matched one-on-one appointments.

“We are very excited to be supporting this matchmaker event, which will be an invaluable opportunity for small businesses to network, learn and gain business, and a chance for prime contractors and government agencies to fulfill purchasing requirements,” said Joan Goldstein, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Economic Development.

The training sessions will cover some of the programs available for government contracting such as the Small Business Innovation Research Programs (SBIRs), the Small Business Administration’s HUBZone Program, and the General Services Administration Programs. Others will introduce businesses to State of Vermont Agencies offering contracts and will guide them through the process to obtain such contracts as well as cybersecurity compliance and panel discussions led by key industry leaders. Businesses will also have the opportunity to meet with local and New England resources and obtain one-on-one consultations with PTAC personnel to review their Capability Statement, and more. Small Business Professional Training (SBP) for primes and government (Buyers) will also be offered.

A networking reception will be held at the end of the first day, June 20th, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. This event will offer a chance for procurement professionals and small businesses to get an early start on introductions before the matchmaking sessions take place the following day.

To register for this event and gather more information, please visit Registration provides full event access to both days. Please contact Leonarda Stewart at (802) 828-5237 or for more information.

About the Vermont Procurement Technical Assistance Center: VT PTAC provides Vermont small businesses with an understanding of the requirements of government contracting and the know-how to obtain and successfully perform federal, state, and local contracts through free counseling services, training and networking opportunities. The center’s mission is to increase the percentage of federal contracts awarded to Vermont businesses with emphasis on contracts awarded to small businesses. VT PTAC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Defense Logistics Agency. It is also funded by the VT Department of Economic Development (DED) and operates as a program within the DED.

VT PTAC is part of the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD). ACCD’s mission is to help Vermonters improve their quality of life and build strong communities. ACCD accomplishes this mission by providing grants, technical assistance, and advocacy through three divisions: The Department of Economic Development, the Department of Tourism and Marketing, and the Department of Housing and Community Development. For more information on ACCD please visit:


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