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Skelton Hosts Annual Procurement Conference

Skelton Hosts Annual Procurement Conference

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG - 5/08/2006 - The goods and services for which government agencies annually spend billions often are provided by small businesses. Owners of those small businesses can learn how to secure government contracts and network with potential contractors at Congressman Ike Skelton's annual Procurement Conference Wednesday, May 31, at UCM.

Conference Expanded to Include Interactive Telecast

In an effort the better serve constituents of Missouri's Fourth Congressional District, the morning session of the 2006 Skelton Procurement Conference also will be telecast from UCM through interactive television to the city council chambers at the St. Robert Municipal Center.

Following the morning teleconference, afternoon sessions for participants in St. Robert will be conducted with successful government contractors at Ft. Leonard Wood.

Sessions Examine Successful Government Contracting

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. in Warrensburg and 8 a.m. in St. Robert. Skelton will open the conference with remarks at 8:45. Todd Smith, chief executive officer of X-Com, will speak at 9 a.m. on successful government contracting, and Rear Adm. Martin J. Brown, Supply Corps, U.S. Navy, will speak on government procurement at 9:30 a.m.

Keynote Address by Admiral Michael G. Mullen

The featured luncheon speaker for the conference is Admiral Michael G. Mullen, chief of naval operations, U.S. Navy. Adm. Is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., with a master’s degree in Operations Research. He has served in Allied, Joint and Navy positions overseas and in both the Atlantic and Pacific fleets.

In addition to a duty at sea and ashore, Admiral Mullen’s most recent operational assignment was Commander, Joint Force Command Naples/Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe. Bases in Naples, Italy, he was responsible for NATO missions in the Balkans, Iraq and the Mediterranean, as well as providing overall command, operational control and coordination of U.S. naval forces in the European Command area of responsibility. He was named the 28th Chief of Naval Operations on July 22, 2005.

Afternoon Session in Two Locations

Afternoon breakout sessions include topics such as selling to the government, how to get a GSA contract, contract pricing and estimating and funding small business innovation research and small business technology transfers.

Sessions also will address the topics of SBA contracting programs, SBA financial assistance, business financing and developing a business plan. In addition, information will be presented on businesses owned by service-disabled veterans. Networking opportunities and exhibits by government contractors will be available to those attending the conference.

"Our goal is to help small businesses expand their sales efforts through contracting with the federal and state government or through major employers," said Wes Savage, director of technical and business applications, Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies and Development at UCM.

Register Now

The conference is open to business owners and interested individuals. A fee of $49 per person is required for those attending in Warrensburg, and $39 for those attending in St. Robert. This includes lunch.

Registration prior to May 25 is encouraged. Individuals who want to attend in Warrensburg may register online at, or contact the Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies and Development at 660-543-4402, email Those attending in St. Robert may register at, or contact the Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Center at 573-882-8058.