GRO-Biz Conference

March 25, 2020
8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Cheyenne, WY

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 gathering.

One-On-One Meetings

Procurement representatives from all over our region will be on hand to speak with you face-to-face 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 some of the procurement representatives that will be in attendance
  • Northrop Grumman
  • USDA
  • Veterans Affairs
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Wyoming Air National Guard
  • U.S. Air Force
  • U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
  • F.E. Warren AFB
  • National Park Service
  • And more!

Choose From Multiple Sessions

Each time slot has two classes for you to pick from.

Some topics may be focused on the basics of government contracting, while others will cover issues relevant to those more adept at government contracting. Mix-and-match to create a schedule that is the best fit for you.

See the full list of speakers and schedule below.

Choose From Multiple Sessions

Each time slot has two classes for you to pick from.

Some topics may be focused on the basics of government contracting, while others will cover issues relevant to those more adept at government contracting. Mix-and-match to create a schedule that is the best fit for you.

See the full list of speakers and schedule below.

Powerful Networking Opportunities

In addition to the one-one-one meetings with procurement representatives, you will have a chance to meet with other small business owners, experts from multiple business resource organizations, and dignitaries from local, state, and regional governments.

Speakers & Schedule

Tuesday, March 24th

1:30 pm – Pre-Conference Workshop

Fact or Fiction: How Large Contracts Like The GBSD Are Awarded

Presented by: Brent Owens, U.S. Small Business Administration
1:30 – 2:30 pm

Have you ever wondered how large contracts like the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) out at FE Warren AFB are awarded? What are the timelines? Who monitors the contract to ensure that small businesses get their share of the work awarded? How does it all work? Would a Joint Venture or Teaming Agreement help me get in on some of the work?

Come and join Brent Owens, Procurement Center Representative, U.S. Small Business Administration as he outlines the process and separates the facts from fiction.

Preparing To Contract With The Government

Presented by: Andi Lewis, Wyoming PTAC
2:45 – 3:45 pm

A live demonstration on how to use beta.sam to find government opportunities, awards, and events on the system. The new website (beta.sam) replaced the official government point of entry,, in November of last year. Learn how to create an account, search for opportunities, find awards, save searches, and follow opportunities.

4:30 pm – Networking Reception

Wednesday, March 25th

7:00 am – Sign-In Opens

8:00 am – Breakfast and Opening Remarks

The Ground Based Strategic Defense Program

Presented by: Robert Watson, Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation

Details Coming Soon!

9:15 am – Breakout Sessions

Intro to Government Contracting

Presented by Wyoming PTAC: Andi Lewis and Janean Forsyth Lefevre

A broad brush look at doing business with the government – both state and federal. This session will cover registrations, differences between the private sector and government, available certifications (available socio-economic certifications if you wish), finding opportunities, government marketing strategy, and available resources.

Resolving Contract Issues For Small Businesses

Presented by: Brent Owners, U.S. Small Business Administration

Details Coming Soon!

10:30 – Breakout Sessions

Your Company's Proposal: Does It Say What It Really Needs To?

Presented by: Craig Carlson, Trihydro Corporation

Contracting officers from federal agencies do a great job teaching the business community to thoroughly review the various sections of an Request For Proposal (RFP), with particular focus on Sections L (what must be included in the proposal) and M (how the proposal will be evaluated). The competition only seems to be growing in the federal marketplace and it becomes increasingly more difficult to differentiate your firm — knowing that every competitor is attempting to “answer the mail.”


Craig Carlson from Trihydro Corporation will give you a different angle on proposal content with a focus on how firms can potentially get recognized beyond answering to the requirements described in Sections L and M. If you aren’t a proposal professional, this session may provide you with some tips to help set your firm apart from the others.

Contract Compliance Issues: Cybersecurity

Presented by: Adam Austin, Totem

US adversaries are stealing our business and military competitive advantage through cyberattacks. Testament to this fact is China’s copycat air force, comprised of military jets nearly identical to ours and other nations’. Electronic theft of both classified and unclassified information from US contractors—especially small business contractors—enables this disadvantageous mirroring of technology. Much of the valuable unclassified information, such as contract and engineering data, is actually processed by contractors in their own home-grown IT systems. Even the systems themselves are targets for “data laundering” purposes. In this session you’ll learn of the FAR and DFARS requirements for securing contractor-owned IT systems. You’ll also learn about current and upcoming cybersecurity compliance standards your clients’ organizations must be prepared for.

Noon – Lunch and Keynote Presentation

Government Regulatory and Legal Updates

Presented by: Matt Schoonover, Koprince Law

Federal procurement regulations are constantly in flux, and it’s important for any contractor — especially small business federal contractors — to make sure they are up to date on the requirements. In this presentation, government contracts attorney Matthew Schoonover will discuss some of the bigger changes we’ve seen in the small business federal contracting landscape over the last year. Topics include changes to the SBA’s size calculation methods, the new HUBZone regulations and Women-Owned Small Business certification process, updates to the mentor/protégé program, and the continually-evolving cybersecurity demands. Armed with this information, contractors will have a better insight on how to compete for — and successfully perform — federal contracts.

1:15 pm – Breakout Sessions

How To Leverage Your Website To Sell To The Government

Presented by: Nicholas Giraldo, Wyoming SBDC Network

Learn how to optimize your website around contracting officials’ needs and how they look for information online. The workshop will cover the basics of getting found online, what contracting officials look for on your website, and how to leverage your digital marketing to communicate your company’s value proposition and win contracts.

GSA Schedule and Reorganization

Presented by: Michelle Leshe, GSA

Details Coming Soon!

3:00 pm – Breakout Sessions

How Government Differs From The Commercial Sector

Panel Discussion:

  • Stacy Bair, Bairco Construction
  • Anthony Aguirre, Triple A Building Services
  • Jeremy Ross, JTR Excavation
  • Dan Boddicker, Laramie Fire Extinguisher Services

Details Coming Soon!

Small Businesses Working With WYDOT

Presented by WYDOT: Lisa Fresques, Wes Bybee, and Jim Messer

Details Coming Soon!

4:00 pm – Closing Remarks


Pricing & Registration



(Price increases to $79.00 after 3/13/2020)

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Each Registration Includes:

Pre-Conference Workshop
Keynote Address
Multiple Breakout Sessions
Breakfast, Refreshments, & Lunch
Networking Reception

GRO-Biz Conference Venue

Red Lion Hotel & Conference Center

204 W. Fox Road
Cheyenne, WY 82007

A block of rooms has been set aside for GRO-Biz Conference attendees for the night of March 24th. 

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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.

Accessibility Information

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

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

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