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In one day, you can connect with hundreds of buyers from public and private organizations who want to do business with small, minority, women and veterans owned businesses. This half-day conference features workshops, vendor education, and access to the Procurement Technology Center.

Conference: December Conference

Conference Information:

SMWVBO Contracting Conference
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Freeman Expo Hall
3201 E. Houston
San Antonio, TX 78219 (External Website)

The contracting conference is a forum for Small, Minority, Women and Veteran business owners (SMWVBO) to develop relationships, acquire knowledge, and access opportunities that exist with public and private sector entities for the procurement of goods and services. A forum to further enhance the knowledge of procurement staff of the availability and ability of local firms with the desire to do business.

Because of the tremendous contribution of Bexar County, University Health System and sponsors, the event is free to the public.

Download the 2013 Conference Booklet PDF Document

Download the 2013 Conference Agenda PDF Document

Download the 2013 Exhibitors PDF Document

Download the 2013 Conference Floor Plan PDF Document

Read the SMWVBO Conference FAQ

Volunteer at the 2013 SMWBVO Conference! PDF Document

Conference Details:

Agenda Tentative

Registration (Lobby) 7:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Networking Breakfast (Hall A) 7:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

(Complimentary continental breakfast and entrance with registration prior to December 1st)

Moderator:7:30 a.m.

Ms. Betty Bueche, Director, Bexar County Facilities and Parks

Remarks:The Honorable Tommy Adkisson, County Commissioner, Precinct 4

The Honorable Kevin N. Wolff, County Commissioner, Precinct 3

The Honorable Lloyd Doggett, US House of Representatives, Texas - District 35(Video)

Mr. Ira Smith, Member, Board of Managers, University Health System

Col. Michael Luft, Director of Contracting, Air Eduction Training Command at US Air Force

Keynote Speakers: Mr. Emmitt Smith & Mr. Eugene Walker, EJ Smith Construction Company, LLC

Procurement Exhibits: 9:30 a.m. - Noon
1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Workshops (Rooms A, B, C & D): 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. & 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Doing Business with the Healthcare Industry - University Health System

Affordable Care Act: Latest Update & How to Operate Your Business...From Anywhere! - UTSA IED

Federal/State/Local Contracting Opportunities - UTSA SDBC Procurement & Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)

Federal Small Business and Veteran Owned Business Programs and Opportunities

Lunch Program (Exhibit Area A) (Exhibit Area B: Floor Closed): Noon - 1:30 p.m.

(Complimentary box lunch and entrance with registration prior to December 1st)

Moderator: Ms. Renee Green, County Engineer and Executive Director, Bexar County Public Works Department

Remarks: The Honorable Nelson W. Wolff, County Judge, Bexar County
The Honorable Sergio “Chico” Rodriguez, County Commissioner, Precinct 1
The Honorable Paul Elizondo, County Commissioner, Precinct 2
Mr. George Hernandez, CEO, University Health System

Keynote: Mr. Tony Dorazio, President, OCI Solar Power
OCI Solar Power and Consortium Partners - Harnessing the power of the sun in San Antonio

Closing: Mrs. Francine Wilson, Vice President Supply Chain Management, UHS

Conference Ends 4:00 p.m.

Exhibit Floor Briefing Areas

SBA Loan and Certification Programs for start-up & existing Small Businesses

Workforce Solutions Alamo - Finding & Hiring Employees

San Antonio Housing Authority - Section 3 Contractor Program

State of Texas Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program

South Central Texas Regional Certification Agency (SCTRCA)

Exhibitors - View Complete List PDF Document

Veterans Business Center - Department of Defense - Department of Transportation
Local Government Agencies - State Agencies/Universities - Department of Labor
Financial/Technical Assistance - General Contractors - Corporations

Free Parking

Free Admission

Plenty of Networking Opportunities! Sponsorships and Exhibit Space are Now Available!
(All Exhibitors must have Contracting Opportunities for SMWVBE/DBE)

For questions or for more information, e-mail RWatson@Bexar.org or call 210.335.2478

Free Admission
and Parking:

Lunch 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
(Exhibit Floor Closed)

You will receive a complimentary box lunch and admission to the Lunch Program when you register prior to December 1st.


For additional questions or comments, please contact:

Renee Watson, Manager
Bexar County SMWBE Program
210.335.2478 or email rwatson@bexar.org

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