North Carolina Subcontractors Alliance (NCSCA) members have been invited to participate in “Marketplace 2017” on May 31, which organizers say give small business owners and government contracting officers “the chance to connect under one roof.”
Brittney Henry from the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) communicated the invitation to the NCSCA.
In her invitation, she wrote:
Exhibitor registration is now open and done exclusively online at http://www.sbtdc.org/events/marketplace/register/.
Some additional background information: Marketplace 2017 is a small business contracting day designed to bring small business sellers together with buyers from over 50 Federal, state, and local governments and large prime contractors. It features a “reverse” trade show, where small business owners visit government and prime contractor booths to discuss potential buying opportunities as well as attend informative seminars on government contracting throughout the day.
Marketplace is a biennial event that has been held since 1989. Initially, it occurred every 18 months, but after our Asheville, NC-based Opportunities was established, Marketplace began to occur every two years. Past conference evaluations have been consistently excellent with many small businesses, government agencies, and prime contractors reporting success in developing new business opportunities. The event usually attracts media attention both before and the day of the event.
Marketplace attendance has ranged between 375 and 525 participants, with an additional 50 or more booths for government agencies and prime contractors.
We expect similar attendance and results at this year’s event to be held Wednesday, May 31st at Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Conference Center, Durham, North Carolina. The 2017 conference is being held in cooperation with Congressmen G.K. Butterfield and David Price.