BATON ROUGE—Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center will hold its 8th Annual “Connecting Businesses with Contracts” Procurement Conference, April 10, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m., in the Smith-Brown Memorial Student Union, 500 Jesse N. Stone Ave., on Southern University Baton Rouge campus.
The event is open to all small business owners, contractors, and the public, but registration is required.
The conference will bring together potential and existing contractors, entrepreneurs and government agencies with contracting officers and purchasing agents.
Attendees will receive information on sources of assistance, the process of registration and obtaining licensing, methods of financing, and securing contracts. Participants will also learn the latest techniques on selling products and services to private industry, federal, state, and local government agencies.
Representatives from the United States Small Business Administration will be available to discuss SBA programs, guarantees, the certification process, bonds and surety, GO Loans, and disaster loans. The Louisiana State Contractor Licensing Department will also be available to answer questions from individuals who want to become licensed or existing contractors.
The Center for Rural and Small Business Development at Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Southern University College of Business, the U.S. Small Business Administration, Louisiana Small Business Development Centers of Baton Rouge and Lafayette, and Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center will host the conference this year.
Pre-registration is required. To obtain more information or to register, contact Gloria London, Director of the Center for Rural and Small Business Development, or Eual Hall, Business Development Specialist, at 225.771.4107 or 225.771.4105.