The ICBS Show will open its 13th year in Norman with speakers from the U.S. Small Business Administration and a national government contracting legal firm.
Shawn Pensoneau, assistant administrator for the SBA’s Office of Native American Affairs, will open the event Aug. 20, followed by Matt Moriarty, partner at Koprince Law, and Robb Wong, associate administrator in the SBA Office of Government Contracting and Business Development.
ICBS is a business summit designed to meet the needs of government contractors seeking new business opportunities or new partners to meet contract requirements. This procurement technical assistance center is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Defense Logistics Agency.
ICBS Show participants will learn new strategies for doing business with all levels of government. The summit, in Norman on Aug. 20-21, will provide networking opportunities and presentations and panels featuring experts in government procurement. Businesses will be able to gather the business intelligence needed to increase their share of the government market and access government agency buyers and policy leaders, prime contractors and tribal procurement representatives seeking to expand their vendor pools.
The ICBS Show is organized each year by Oklahoma’s two procurement technical assistance centers, the Oklahoma Bid Assistance Network and Tribal Government Institute.
“The show is focused on networking,” said Carter Merkle, one of the event’s organizers. “It is valuable for businesses to meet potential buyers and competitors as they seek ways to capture more business and team with others to perform larger contracts.”
Registration is online at ICBSShow.com.
In addition to keynote sessions, participants will have the opportunity to attend breakout sessions conducted by Albert Garza, General Services Administration supervisory small business specialist; Wendy L. Clark, Oklahoma Central Purchasing vendor specialist; and Rhett Davis, SBA Region 6 small business advocate for Region 6.
The summit will also include an exhibition hall filled with businesses, tribes and government agencies talking to summit participants about the public marketplace.
OBAN, Oklahoma’s PTAC, offers business counseling through 12 local technology centers across the state. TGI is a Native American PTAC providing counseling and services to tribal enterprises and native owned companies within the service areas of the Southern Plains and Eastern Oklahoma regions of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.