National Small Business Contracting Summit | Midwest Conference


Date & Time

Thursday, August 17, 2017. 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Eastern Standard Time


View NAICS requirements of participating agencies and primes here.


Join us for National Small Business Contracting Summit | Midwest Conference, presented jointly by The American Small Business Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce, being held in Columbus, OH.

This popular event boasts a robust agenda that includes:

  • Increased focus on making sure small business federal contractors secure our fair share of federal contracting (taxpayer) dollars
  • Access to federal agencies and prime contractors (scroll to the bottom of the page to see the list of agencies and prime contractors who have been invited)
  • Timely education and information on current trends, opportunities and threats to small business contractors
  • Legal education important for teaming, joint ventures and related topics
  • Connections to potential teaming and joint venture partners


Embassy Suites Columbus Airport
2886 Airport Drive
Columbus, OH 43219

Sleeping Rooms: $139


Sponsorship provides extra visibility and summit registration. To purchase a sponsorship, click here and select between one of the three levels below.

  • Gold Sponsorship: Includes — Full Page Ad in summit program, 6′ display table, 2 summit attendees. Price – $1,000
  • Silver Sponsorship: Includes — 1/2 Page Ad in summit program, 2 summit attendees. Price – $500
  • Bronze Sponsorship: Includes — 1/4 Page Ad in summit program, 1 summit attendee. Price – $400

Registration & Fees

 Click Here to Register 

For Individual, Advocate and Non-Members, the cost is $165. For Business members, the cost is $95. For Supplier members, the cost is $65.

If you are not currently a Supplier or Business Member, consider joining here and then returning to this page to purchase your discounted registration.


7:30 amRegistration- Coffee
8:00 amWelcome/IntroductionsCris Young - President, The American Small Business Chamber of Commerce
Margot Dorfman - CEO, U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce
Vikki Hawthorne - National Director, Supplier Development, ASBCC/USWCC
8:15 amLegislative Update & Policy Initiatives DiscussionMargot Dorfman - CEO, U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce
8:30 amUS - Maximizing Use of Market Research Tools to Secure Federal Contacts Howard A. 'Tony' Griffin - Ohio, PTAC Network
9:15 amProcurement Center Representative: Fighting for Small Businesses Fair Share of Contract Dollar Shanda Harris - SBA Columbus District Office
9:45 amDoing Business with the US Department of StateDr. Anthony Josey - Procurement Analyst, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, US State Department
10:15 amBreak
10:30 amDoing Business with Department of Defense - Panel AgencyDefense Finance Accounting Services (Invited)
Defense Information Systems Agency (Invited)
Defense Logistics Agency Land & Maritime (Invited)
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Invited)
Air Force Material Command (Invited)
11:15 amDoing Business with BattelleLynnise Smith - Small Business Liaison Officer, Battelle
11:45 amMatchmaking/Logistics Instructions
12:00 pmLunch (On Your Own)
1:00 pmMatchmaking with Government & Large Prime Representatives
4:00 pmAdjourn

Matchmaking Process

At the start of the session, Agencies / Primes will introduce themselves. You then meet with any of the agencies/primes in which you have interest in doing business. There are no sign up sheets or bells and whistles. You are allowed 5 minutes – or longer if there is no line behind you. If you are patient, you will have the opportunity to meet with everyone. Make sure to bring your one-page capabilities statement and business cards that include your information.

One-on-One Matchmaking

Government Agencies and Prime Contractors Invited Include (confirmed to date are bolded):


  • Central Ohio Transit Authority
  • City of Dayton
  • Cleveland Metropark
  • Columbus Regional Airport Authority
  • General Service Administration
  • Franklin County Job and Family Services
  • Montgomery County
  • NASA – Glenn Research Center 
  • Ohio Aerospace Institute
  • State of Ohio
    • Ohio Department of Transportation (Top NAICS Sought: 237310, 237990, 484110, 484220, 484230, 484121, 485210, 541320, 541330, 541360)
    • Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (Top NAICS Sought:  236210, 236220, 237110, 237990, 238110, 238120, 238130, 238140, 238150, 238160, 238190, 238210, 238220, 238290, 238310, 238320, 238330, 238340, 238250, 238390, 238910, 238990, 541310, 541320, 541330, 221330, 423730)
  • Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority/Metro
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • U.S. Department of Defense
    • Air Force Life Cycle Management Center
    • Air Force Research Laboratory (Top NAICS Sought: 541330, 541712, 541711, 541990)
    • Army Corps of Engineers
    • Defense Finance and Accounting Service
    • Defense Information Systems Agency
    • Defense Logistics Agency 
  • U.S. Department of Energy
    • National Energy Technology Laboratory
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Department of Transportation
    • Federal Aviation Administration
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Wright-Patt Credit Union

Large Primes:

  • AMedEquip
  • Battelle
  • Cardinal Health
  • Columbus State Community College
  • Community Capital Development Corp
  • Danis
  • Dragados
  • Elevate International Management
  • Elford, Inc.
  • Lorain County Community College
  • MacAulay Brown, Inc.
  • Midmark
  • Ohio Hi-Point Career Center
  • Reckitt Benckiser (Top NAICS Sought: 311941, 325120, 326199, 322211, 311930, 322221, 311942, 324199)
  • Sinclair Community College
  • The Ohio State University
  • The W. W. Williams Co., LLC
  • ThomasCrowne Recruiting
  • University of Akron Research
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Your Management Team

Resource Partners:

  • Ohio Procurement Technical Assistance Center Network
  • Small Business Administration
  • VetBizCentral
  • Veteran Business Outreach Center