Industry Day event connects contractors with agencies
You won’t find Industry Day on any federal holiday schedules, but it’s still a big day for small contractors. Actually, it’s not a holiday but a networking event to help expose small businesses to bigger outfits and perhaps give them some information on upcoming contract opportunities.
The Associated General Contractors of Alaska will sponsor Industry Day for the third time on March 21. It will take place at the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage from 9 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m.
This is a chance for small businesses to network with larger ones while working to strengthen partnerships with the various agencies and organizations.
Kimberley Gray of AGC said there are two major opportunities for Industry Day. One is to give an insight into what coming up that can be bid on. Another is to meet other departments and learn specifics about these private companies and state and federal agencies in attendance.
The event is open to all small and large businesses. This includes Section 8(a) small disadvantaged businesses and Historically Underutilized Business Zone firms.
“We’re trying to help the contractors in terms of everyone, from suppliers to general contractors, to meet the agencies,” Gray said.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be a major participant. The Corps’ deputy for small business, Ivonne Drake, said the Corps will hold a workload presentation with project managers on hand to address questions.
“This is for small companies and for big companies,” Drake said. “We want anyone to be able to ask any questions of the Corps.”
Although the forecast may fluctuate, AJOC previously reported that the Corps has $460 million worth of construction projects for fiscal year 2012 with $325 million in military construction.
Other participants include the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Procurement Technical Assistance Center.
Speakers on behalf of the Corps will include Alaska District Commander Reinhard Koenig, Programs and Project Management Division Chief Larry McCallister and Contracting Division Chief Christopher Tew. They will speak during the morning sessions.
Agency meet-and-greets will follow with a panel featuring Davis Constructors and Engineers, Osborne Construction Co., Watterson Construction, Kiewit Building Group, Neeser Construction Inc. and Unit Co.
Gray said this panel will let smaller companies get a feel for what these contractors need and how to get in touch with them.
Other sessions include those on post-award contractor responsibilities, avoiding litigation and presentations from SBA.
The last Industry Day was packed with about 100 participants, and Gray is expecting no less than a sell-out crowd again this time.