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Plant a business, watch it grow

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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The Grow Your Business conference is set for March 19-20 in the Pacific Coast Club. This highly-packed, two-day conference gives business owners opportunities to meet and market with government purchase card cardholders and to network with federal agencies, prime contractors and small businesses.

Grow Your Business provides networking opportunities between federal agencies, prime contractors, and small businesses. The speakers from both the government and major government prime contractors will discuss business opportunities, vendor selection criteria, and provide insights on what it takes to be successful and how to avoid common mistakes. Federal agencies and major prime contractors will exhibit at the event to facilitate networking.

The two day event is set to present a variety of events. The GPC Vendor Faire from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday will be for contractors and vendors to meet cardholders. Speed Dating Mini-Marketing Meetings is set for 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. A wine tasting and Tech Brew social begins at 5 p.m. During the main conference on Thursday government and agency personnel will have booths to meet small business owners in plenary sessions and educational seminars from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"This is a great opportunity for small businesses to learn about federal and prime contractor business opportunities," said Dee Perry, Vandenberg's Small Business Specialist. "There they can grow their businesses through networking with key decision makers and expand their knowledge and expertise through the training sessions on contracting."

Guests include the Air Force Director of Small Business Programs, Ronald Poussard, arriving from the Pentagon to share the Air Force vision of small business involvement in supporting the war fighters in the Global War on Terror.

Three highly successful small business executives will share their strategies for entering and growing in the federal market place.

Networking opportunities with prime contractors include General Dynamics, Raytheon, Anxiter, Tremco Roofing, Kleinfelder, Wyle and Boeing Company, which will interview small businesses for subcontracting opportunities. Small Business Association lenders are set to be available to discuss small business loan opportunities.

Mrs. Perry recommends the conference to small business owners or managers that are interested in federal contracting and subcontracting opportunities representing all industries. For more information, contact Mrs. Perry at 605-7265 or