The Kansas Procurement Conference on March 29 - 30, 2017 will provide a forum for small businesses to meet face-to-face with buying representatives from private industries (Textron Aviation, Northrop Grumman, Spirit AeroSystems, Siemens and more), as well as governmental agencies. The event will also be a valuable opportunity to network with dozens of exhibitors and government contracting resources, and to attend break-out sessions relevant to small business.
During the registration process, small businesses will be asked to identify the industries they serve. This information will be matched with the services or products that buyers expressed interest in procuring. Prior to the conference date, participants will be able to confirm matched appointments that were based on supplier profiles and buyer interests to ensure productive meetings.
Wednesday, March 29 from 2:00 – 5:00 PM there will be training offered to buying representatives and procurement officials on the topics: SBA/DCMA Small Business Contracting, and Ethics in Procurement.
Conference Welcome Reception, March 29th from 5:00 – 6:30 PM hosted by the Kansas Department of Commerce.
Thursday, March 30 from 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM the matchmaker meetings between suppliers and buyers will occur, along with optional break-out sessions for small businesses. At noon, a boxed lunch will be served and the conference keynote presentation from Textron Aviation’s Vice President of Supply Chain Management, Justin Salmans.
Small businesses can register for $30 per person (includes lunch and refreshments). Buying representatives register at no cost. Exhibitors can register two people for $100 total (includes lunch and refreshments). Exhibitors will have a table and space for their exhibit, but will not participate in the matchmaking.
Buyer’s that have registered include:
- Textron Aviation
- Northrop Grumman
- Spirit AeroSystems
- Koch-Glitsch LP
- Beechcraft Defense Company
- Bombardier Learjet
- Federal agencies (Department of Interior, Energy, U.S. Air Force, etc.)
- Local agencies (Sedgwick County, City of Wichita, USD 259)
If you have questions about the event, please contact SBA at (316) 269-6275.