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EPA in Illinois

EPA Small Business Conference: Can We Do Business?

Date and Time

Tuesday 04/16/2019 1:30PM to 4:30PM CDT
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Metcalf Federal Building - 12th Floor
77 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604


The half-day conference brings together EPA program officials, acquisition personnel, other federal agency procurement officials and prime contractors in an effort to inform and educate small businesses about federal contracting opportunities, small business program updates and how to successfully prepare for future federal procurement opportunities.


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Draft Agenda

Small Business Conference

1:30 pm –Opening Remarks – EPA, Region 5 Senior Management Official

1:35 pm – EPA Small Business Program Update, EPA Office of Small Business and Disadvantaged Utilization
EPA’s small business program is managed by the OSDBU, find out how EPA is working to achieve its small business goals in FY 2019.

1:50 pm – 2:50pm – Break out sessions/Matchmaking

Capability Tools Presentation – Illinois and Wisconsin PTAC panel (Rita Haake, Aina Vilumson, Jaemie Neely)
Are you prepared to meet with government agencies to discuss your business?  Is your capability statement getting the attention of government buyers?  Attend this session to improve and enhance your capability statement and prepare for your next capability session with government agencies.

SBA Lending program  - Wintrust
Need a loan for your business?  Looking for financing to support expanding your business?  Attend this session to better understand the loan options available for small business owners, particularly those doing business with the government.

3:00pm – 4:00pm – Break out sessions/Matchmaking

Responding to Sources Sought Notices/Requests for Proposals – Rhonda Flynn and Krista Heartwell, EPA Contracting Officers
What is the difference between a sources sought notice and a request for proposal?  What is the value in submitting a response?  Attend this session and learn why EPA acquisition professionals utilize these methods.

4:00pm – 4:30pm – Wrap up
agenda subject to change

Invited Agencies/Participating Exhibitors

  • EPA, Region 5 Prime Contractors

Aptim HDR, LLC
Black & Veatch-Envirocon JV
EA Engineering, Science and Technology, Inc.
Environmental Design International, Inc.
Environmental Restoration

  •  ACCION Chicago (confirmed)
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • General Services Administration
  • Housing and Urban Development
  • Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC)
    College of Dupage Center for Entrepreneurship
    Women’s Business Development Center
  • Illinois Central Management Services – Business Enterprise Program
  • Office of Naval Research
  • Small Business Administration
  • US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Veteran’s Administration
  • Wintrust SBA lending
  • Wisconsin Procurement Institute