GRO-Biz Conference

March 9-11, 2021
Virtual Event

About the GRO-Biz Conference

The GRO-Biz Conference is Wyoming’s premier government contracting event.

Every year, federal, state, and local government agencies pay millions of dollars to small businesses in Wyoming. You may be surprised at the types of products and services that are being sought.

Whether you’re new to the process or your business has been selling to the government for years, there’s plenty to learn at this year’s virtual gathering.

Procurement Officer Meetings

Procurement representatives from all over our region have set aside time to speak with you virtually about government contracting opportunities for your small business.

This is your best chance of the year to make these connections and get all of your questions answered.

 

Click here to see the agencies that will have procurement representatives in attendance
  • National Park Service
  • F.E. Warren Air Force Base
  • Veterans Affairs
  • Air Force Air National Guard
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Forest Service
  • General Services Administration
  • Bureau of Reclamation
  • Army Corps of Engineers

Choose From Multiple Sessions

There will be multiple sessions to choose from, with some topics focused on the basics of government contracting and others covering issues more relevant to those who have experience or want to dive deeper into specific topics.

You can mix-and-match a schedule that is the best fit for you. Each day will offer a morning session and an afternoon session with plenty of time in between for running your business.

Choose From Multiple Sessions

There will be multiple sessions to choose from, with some topics focused on the basics of government contracting and others covering issues more relevant to those who have experience or want to dive deeper into specific topics.

You can mix-and-match a schedule that is the best fit for you. Each day will offer a morning session and an afternoon session with plenty of time in between for running your business.

Powerful Networking Opportunities

The GRO-Biz Conference prioritizes not only connection with procurement representatives, but is also an opportunity to connect with other small business owners, experts from multiple business resource organizations, and government representatives. There will be a “happy hour” connecting session and attendees are encouraged to share contact information with prospective partners and colleagues.

Speakers & Schedule

All times MST

Tuesday, March 9th

8:30 am - Welcome & Opening Remarks

General Session

8:30 – 9:15 am

Welcome and introductions from:

  • Andi Lewis, Program Manager, Wyoming PTAC
  • Jill Kline, State Director, Wyoming SBDC Network
  • Brendan Ames, Director of Business Outreach, U.S. Sen. Cynthia Lummis’ Office
  • Janean Forsyth Lefevre, Procurement Specialist, Wyoming PTAC

9:30 am - Government Contracting 101: The Basics

Beginner Track

9:30 – 10:30 am

Join procurement experts Andi Lewis and Janean Forsyth Lefevre for a foundational introduction to government contracting. From the lingo and registrations to finding opportunities, we’ll begin to de-mystify selling to the government.

12:00 pm - Procurement Officer Meetings

Matchmaking Session

12:00 – 1:30 pm

Hear from procurement representatives about upcoming opportunities and have a chance to ask your questions.

  • 12:00 pm – Eric Weisman, National Park Service
  • 12:30 pm – Desiree Santos, U.S. Air Force Air National Guard &
    Robert Rodriguez-Santiago, Wyoming National Guard
  • 1:00 pm – Jennifer Canfield, General Services Administration

2:30 pm - FAR Clauses and GovCon Updates

Advanced Track

2:30 – 3:30 pm

Join Matt Schoonover, founder and managing member of Schoonover + Moriarty, LLC, to explore critical acquisition regulations and other legal updates related to contracting!

Wednesday, March 10th

9:30 am - Marketing to the Government and Capability Statement Workshop

Beginner Track

9:30 – 10:30 am

Join procurement experts Andi Lewis and Janean Forsyth Lefevre as we explore strategies and tools for effectively marketing your goods and services to the government.

12:00 pm - Procurement Officer Meetings

Matchmaking Session

12:00 – 1:30 pm

Hear from procurement representatives about upcoming opportunities and have a chance to ask your questions.

  • 12:00 pm –  Sandy Rutherford, F.E. Warren Air Force Base
  • 12:30 pm – Kelly Palmer, Bureua of Land Management
  • 1:00 pm – Renee Parra, Bureau of Reclamation

2:30 pm - Wyoming Contractors Panel Discussion

Advanced Track

2:30 – 3:30 pm

Hear from experienced Wyoming contractors about their own contracting journeys including success stories, cautionary tales, and lessons learned.

Panelists:

  • Tyler & Jeremy Ross, JTR Excavation LLC
  • Mandie Larson, Natures Composites
  • Craig Carlson, Trihyro Corporation

4:00 pm - Networking Happy Hour

Networking Session

4:00 – 5:00 pm

A chance to relax and network, the Zoom Happy Hour will include government contracting trivia and an opportunity to introduce yourself and your business in a 2-minute “elevator speech.” 

Thursday, March 11th

9:30 am - Getting Your Foot in the Door: Micro-Purchases and Subcontracting

Beginner track

9:30 – 10:30 am

Ever wondered where to start out as a contractor? Micro-purchases and subcontracting are two ways to jump in! Presented by the Wyoming PTAC’s Andi Lewis and Janean Forsyth Lefevre.

12:00 pm - Procurement Officer Meetings

Matchmaking Session

12:00 – 2:00 pm

Hear from procurement representatives about upcoming opportunities and have a chance to ask your questions.

  • 12:00 pm –  Tamanica Danford-Leaf, Veterans Affairs
  • 12:30 pm – Barb Darling, Forest Service
  • 1:00 pm – Daniel Curado & Matthew Hibbert, Army Corps of Engineers
  • 1:30 pm – Danielle Knipper, U.S. Department of Agriculture

2:30 pm - Evolving DoD Contractor Cybersecurity Requirements

Advanced Track

2:30 – 3:30 pm

Join Adam Austin with Totem Tech as he dives in to what you must be doing now and preparing for in the future in order to meet the Department of Defense’s cybersecurity requirements.

3:45 pm - Closing Remarks

General Session

3:45 – 4:15 pm

Reserve Your Spot Today!

This is the best opportunity of the year to learn about government contracting and meet with procurement officers who are looking to do business with Wyoming contractors.

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All Wyoming PTAC programs and services are provided to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Language assistance services for clients with limited English proficiency will be provided. Contact: Andi Lewis at (307) 772-7372 or amlewis@uwyo.edu

This Procurement Technical Assistance Center is funded in part through a PTAP cooperative agreement with the Defense Logistics Agency.

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