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Skelton Hosts Procurement Conference at UCM

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG - 05/07/2007 - Owners of small businesses can learn how to secure government contracts and network with potential contractors at Congressman Ike Skelton's annual Procurement Conference Wednesday, May 30, at UCM.

Hear Contracting Success Stories

Congressman Ike Skelton

Congressman Ike Skelton

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. in Elliott Union 234B, and Skelton will open the conference with remarks at 8:45. Mary Lou Jacoby of Warehouse One will speak at 9 a.m. on successful government contracting, and Rear Adm. Kathleen Dussault, deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition), will speak on government procurement at 9:30 a.m.

Congressman Silvestre Reyes to Speak at Luncheon

The featured luncheon speaker for the conference is Congressman Silvestre Reyes, who represents the 16th District of Texas, which includes El Paso. A veteran of the Vietnam War, Reyes served from 1969 to 1995 with U.S. Border Patrol as an agent, immigration inspector,  instructor at the Border Patrol Academy, assistant regional Border Patrol commissioner and sector chief.

He was elected to Congress in 1996, becoming a leader on national security, veterans and border issues. In 2006 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi selected Reyes to serve as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, which provides Congressional oversight of the 16 agencies that comprise the U.S. intelligence community. He also serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Veterans' Affairs Committee.

Afternoon Sessions Cover Varied Topics

Afternoon breakout sessions include topics such as selling to the government, choosing veterans first, contract pricing and estimating and funding a business through Small Business Innovation Research networks.
Sessions also will address SBA contracting programs, base and post contracting, business financing and marketing, non-traditional financing and intellectual property, ISO standards, and the federal government online marketplace, or FedBid.

Helping Small Businesses Grow

"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 the Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies and Development at UCM.

Pre-register by May 23

The conference is open to business owners and interested individuals. A fee of $49 per person is required and includes lunch. Registration prior to May 23 is encouraged. Individuals who want to attend may register online at or, or contact the Small Business and Technology Development Center at UCM at 660-543-4402, email