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UCM to Host Annual Procurement Conference

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (May 16, 2011) – Owners of small businesses can learn how to secure government contracts and network with potential contractors at the annual Procurement Conference Thursday, June 2, at the University of Central Missouri’s Ed Elliott Union. The conference is hosted by Sen. Claire McCaskill, the Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers and the Small Business and Technology Development Center at UCM.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. in Elliott Union 234, followed by a welcome from UCM and Whiteman Air Force Base officials. Following comments by McCaskill at 9 a.m., Don Nissanka, president and chief executive officer of Exergonix, will speak on successful government contracting. Rear Adm. David Baucom, U.S. Navy, will speak on government procurement at 9:30 a.m.

The featured luncheon speaker for the conference is Gen. Duncan J. McNabb, U.S. Air Force, commander of the U.S. Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. USTRANSCOM is the single manager for global air, land and sea transportation for the Department of Defense.

 McNabb is a 1974 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. A command pilot, he has amassed more than 5,400 flying hours in transport and rotary wing aircraft. He has held command and staff positions at squadron, group, wing , major command and Department of Defense levels. During operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, he commanded the 41st Military Airlift Squadron, which earned Military Airlift Command’s Airlift Squadron of the Year in 1990. The general then commanded the 89th Operations Group, overseeing the air transportation of our nation’s leaders, including the president, vice president, secretary of state and secretary of defense. He then served as commander of the 62nd Aircraft Wing, which in 1996 earned the Riverside Trophy as the 15th Air Force’s outstanding wing.

McNabb’s staff assignments have been a variety of planning, programming and logistical duties, including service as deputy chief of staff for plans and programs on the Air Staff and chairman of the Air Force Board with oversight of all Air Force programs. He also served as director for logistics on the Joint Staff, where he was responsible for operational logistics and strategic mobility support to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Secretary of Defense. Prior to his current assignment, he was vice chief of staff. 

Afternoon breakout sessions include topics such  as the “Choose Veterans First” program, subcontracting opportunities with prime contractors and state of Missouri and local governments, SBA contracting programs, base and post contracting issues, selling to the government, contract pricing and estimating, ethical compliance programs, “greening” the government supply chain, SBA financing, social media tools and doing business with the Missouri Department of Transportation.

“Our goal is to help small businesses expand their sales efforts through contracting with the federal and state government or through major employers,” said Mark Manley, director of the Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies and Development at UCM. “The conference is an excellent opportunity to hear from those who have been successful and to network with those who understand the process.”

The conference is open to business owners and interested individuals. A fee of $50 per person is required and includes lunch. Registration prior to May 27 is encouraged. Individuals who want to attend may register online at, or by contacting the Small Business and Technology Development Center at UCM at 660-543-4402, email