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More than 1700 attend the two-day event

Business owners are still on fire after visiting forums, passing out business cards, displaying brochures, and face-to-face meetings during the premiere government contracting event of the year. For small, minority, women-owned and disadvantaged businesses (S/MWDBE), the 2010 Government Procurement Connections two day event offered a serious advantage and the electricity is still flowing.

“The opportunity was amazing,” said Louis Restrepo, XO Armor, International Sales Representative. “Our business focuses on enhancing security, efficiently and the quality of large businesses like KBR, The Port of Houston and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security exceeded our expectations.”

“I was able to have meaningful conversations with City of Houston-HR and BMC Software on the one-on-one meeting sessions,” beamed Jackie Abrams, CES of the Precision Task Group. “The meetings were exactly what both parties needed and I expect to turn those conversations into business.”

Participants at Government Procurement Connections capitalized on the opportunity to meet with nearly 200 City, County, State and Federal representatives involved in purchasing, construction and professional services contracting. “The Construction Zone” was added this year with the partnership of several associations. Agency representatives from diverse industries felt they met many qualified business owners.

“I want to thank you very much for inviting me to be a part of the Face to Face interviews at the GPC conference this year,” said Christine Gallegos, Human Resources Supervisor for the City of Houston. “They were a terrific idea and Kudos to the individual who came up with the idea! For those departments that have upcoming bids and RFPs, this was a great way to meet potential proposers.”

From the booming opening remarks during the awards luncheon from GPC Chair, J. Goodwille Pierre, to the keynote message of increasing the capacity of small businesses by Dr. Randal Pinkett, CEO of BCT Partners, a multi-million dollar management, technology and policy consulting firm, the packed George R. Brown resonated with positive energy.

“This year GPC was truly a blessing and a great event for businesses,” said Pierre, Manager of Small Business Development and Contract Compliance at the Houston Airport System. “Small businesses continue to drive the U.S. economy and we are ready for next year.”

“I could not let the day end without sending my sincere appreciation and gratitude for all your hard work and positive energy in making the GPC 2010 RELOADED … the best yet,” said Dwight Rozier, Principal of architectural firm ja+rozier. “Dr. Pinkett was inspiring and very insightful in his address. I am looking forward to next year, but more importantly I am excited about the connections and new network of contacts and agencies I have met and equally excited about the follow up meetings and events to come.”

Helen Callier, GPC 2010 Co-chair, states “I am inspired that GPC 2010 was able to provide hundreds of small businesses an opportunity to meet key local, state and federal agency and prime decision makers. And with sponsors such as Avis Budget Group, GPC was able to create the ideal business development environment.” Additional sponsors included City of Houston Affirmative Action and Contract Compliance, Convention and Entertainment Facilities, Houston Minority Supplier Development Council, Houston Airport System, KBR, METRO, Port of Houston, Wyle Laboratories, Continental Airlines and Women Business Enterprise Alliance.

The Small Business Administration predicts that over the last 15 years, small businesses created some 65-percent of new jobs in the private sector and will play an important role in the nation’s economic future.

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