National Small Business Contracting Summit | Southeast Conference


Dates & Times

January 27, 2016 from 1:00pm – 4:30pm EST

January 28, 2016 from 8:30am – 4:00pm EST


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

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
  • Influence on The Hill — connecting votes to action for our congressional leaders


 1100 SE 17th St Causeway
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
(954) 527-2700
Sleeping Rooms: $219


Sponsorship provides extra visibility and summit registration. To purchase a sponsorship, begin the registration process below and then select the appropriate sponsorship level as you complete your meeting registration.

  • 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 – $750
  • Bronze Sponsorship: Includes — 1/4 Page Ad in summit program, 1 summit attendee. Price – $500

Registration & Fees

To register, follow the link below and proceed with the standard registration or select one of our sponsorship options.

 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.



12:15pmLunch(On your own)
Registration and Networking
1:00pmWelcome - State of the State of Small Business
Margot Dorfman, CEO, U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce; VP for Govt Affairs, American Small Business Chamber of Commerce
1:15pmAccountability in Contracting
Terry Williams, CEO, U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce
1:45pmKnowledge is the Key to Success
C.Y. Brown-Griffin, Director, Office of Small Business Programs, Naval Supply Systems Command, Fleet Logistics Center Jacksonville
2:15pmUS Army Corp Briefing
Beth Meyers, Director, OSBP; Linda Spadaro, Deputy for Small Business, U.S. Army District – Mobile
2:45pmU.S. Special Ops Command Briefing
Chris Harrington, Director, OPS
3:15pmCost, Pricing & Auditing
Carl Gebo, Government Contractors Assistance & Resource Line LLC
4:00pmWOSB Certification Update - Not Just for Women-Owned Firms
Margot Dorfman, CEO, U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce


8:00amRegistration &Networking (Coffee Available)
8:30amWelcome Back
Margot Dorfman, CEO, U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce; VP for Govt Affairs, American Small Business Chamber of Commerce
8:45amNASA Opportunities Briefing
Joyce McDowell, Small Business Specialist, OSDBU
9:15amFDOT Support Services Program – Assisting Small and Disadvantage Businesses
Tom Rush, DBE Program Manager, FDOT
Tom Quinn, Vice President, Construction Estimating Institute (CEI)
Thomas Huggins, DBE Project Director, FDOT
9:45amAccessing Contracts During a Disaster
Annette Wright - Supervisory Contract Specialist, FEMA
Kertz Hare - Regional Logistics Chief, RRCC Director, FEMA Region IV
10:45amAir Force Opportunities Briefing
Sherri Richardson, Director, Small Business Office 45SB/SW, Patrick Air Force Base
11:15amU.S. Army Opportunities Briefing
Tommy Marks, Director, Office of Small Business Programs
11:45amPEO STRI Mentor Protégé Brief
Randy Edney, Associate Director for Small Business Programs, U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Simulation Training and Instrumentation
12:00pmLunch (On your own)
1:00pmOne-on-One Agency / Prime Meetings*


One-On-One Matchmaking

Agencies / Primes invited and previously participating include – confirmed are in bold:

  • Air Force
    • Patrick Air Force
    • SOCOM
  • Army
    • US Army Engineer Corp of Engineers – Jacksonville
    • US Army Engineer District – Mobile
    • Office of Small Business Programs
    • PEO/STRI
  • Florida Department of Transportation
    • All aspects of Road & Bridge Construction
  • General Services Administration
  • Homeland Security
    • ICE
    • FEMA
  • NASA
  • Navy
    • NAVAIR
    • NAVFAC
    • NAVSUP
  • Broward County
  • CAE
  • Comprehensive Health Services
  • Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training
  • Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control
  • FL MEP
  • Miami-Dade County
  • Small Business Administration
  • Small Business Development Center – Fort Lauderdale
  • Turner Construction Company
  • PTAC

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.