National Small Business Contracting Summit | Midwest Conference


Date & Time

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


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
8:45 amUS - Maximizing Use of Market Research Tools to Secure Federal Contacts Howard A. 'Tony' Griffin - Ohio, PTAC Network
9:30 amDoing Business with the US Department of State Dr. Anthony Josey - Procurement Analyst, Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization, US State Department
10:00 amBreak
10:15 amDoing Business with Department of Defense - Panel AgencyDefense Finance Accounting Services - Michael Turner, Director, Officer of Small Business Programs
Defense Information Systems Agency - Brenda Leonard, Small Business Professional, Office of Small Business Programs
Defense Logistics Agency Land & Maritime - Coleen McCormick, Associate Director, Office of Small Business Programs
11:00 amDoing Business with BattelleLynnise Smith - Small Business Liaison Officer, Battelle
11:30 amMatchmaking/Logistics Instructions
11:45 amLunch (On Your Own)
12:45 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.