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UCM Hosts Annual Ike Skelton Procurement Conference May 29

Contact: Mike Greife
 WARRENSBURG, MO (May 7, 2009) – Owners of small businesses can learn how to secure government contracts and network with potential contractors at Congressman Ike Skelton’s annual Procurement Conference Friday, May 29, at UCM.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. in Elliott Union 234B, and Skelton will open the conference with remarks at 8:45 a.m. Steve Flick, Flick Seed Company, Kingsville, MO, will speak at 9 a.m. on successful government contracting, and Rear Adm. Sean Crean, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy, Research, Development and Acquisition, will speak on government procurement at 9:30 a.m.

The featured luncheon speaker for the conference is Lt. Gen. William Caldwell IV, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center, Ft. Leavenworth. In his current post, Caldwell is in charge of the command that oversees the Command and General Staff College and 17 other schools, centers and training programs throughout the United States. The Combined Arms Center also is responsible for the development of the Army’s doctrinal manuals, integration of battle command systems and concepts, and supervision of the Army’s Center for collection and dissemination of lessons learned.

Caldwell graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1976. He earned master’s degrees from the U.S. Navy Postgraduate School and the School for Advanced Military Studies at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He also attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, as a Senior Service College Fellow.

Afternoon breakout sessions include topics such as selling to the government, the Small Business Transportation Resource Center and the “Choose Veterans First” program, funding for technology commercialization, SBA contracting programs and financing, business marketing and financing, radio frequency identification, ISO standards, and government “going green.” A panel of speakers also will be available for questions following the afternoon breakout sessions.

“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, interim 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 $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 by contacting the Small Business and Technology Development Center at UCM at 660-543-4402.