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Why Should I Attend the 2017 Corps of Engineers' Industry Day?

by Max Franks - November 20, 2017

For small businesses that are seeking to enter the government market place, the place to be December 6 and 7 is the 2017 Arkansas Regional Industry Days at the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub located at 201 E. Broadway in North Little Rock. The event will bring together eight government agencies with millions of dollars of contracts that will be awarded in the 2018 contracting season.

Army Corp of Engineers from Little Rock District, Ft. Worth District, Memphis District, Vicksburg District, and Kansas City District will be on hand to discuss their 2018 projects and what they are looking for in prime contractors. They have many opportunities like Solicitation: W9127S-18-Q-0004 for Boundary Line Maintenance.

Little Rock Air Force Base (Jacksonville) awards hundreds of contracts a year but several in recent years have gone to out of state vendors. This is due to Arkansas based vendors not watching for opportunities for this installation. An example of a recent bid for moving runway material is listed as Solicitation Number: LRAFBTK0001.

Department of Veterans Affairs must use veteran owned companies first, and are still using hundreds of vendors a year. An example of recent bids include a request for new Laundry Equipment - Solicitation Number: VA797H17R0026 .

Arkansas Army National Guard buys commodities year round. The main location is Camp Robinson here in Arkansas. They recently purchased new lockers for the avionics division.

National Park Service has seven locations in Arkansas and many more nationwide. They recently purchased fuel for their vehicles under contract: P17PS03020 - To Provide, Deliver and Dispense Bulk Fuels to Hot Springs National Park, Hot Springs, Arkansas.

USDA Forest Service has many locations in Arkansas using products and services. They currently have a bid out for roofing services at one of their many locations: AG-82A7-S-17-0095.

Small Business Administration (SBA) This Agency not only buys products, it provides training and certifications on many Small Business programs used by all agencies of the United States Government including the 8a Business Development Program, Women Owned Small Business, and HUBZone.                                                                                

General Services Administration (GSA) is the landlord of all government buildings through Public Building Services (PBS) and holds over 100 Federal Supply Schedules that are used by government agencies to purchase products and services. Don’t miss this chance to learn about how GSA works.

Besides the chance to meet and network with other businesses in your industry, there will be training on several different subjects to help grow your business in the government marketplace.

APAC will lead five 30-minute trainings the afternoon of Thursday, December 7 taught by APAC Procurement Counselor, Mary Love. The classes include, Intro to Government Contracting, Solicitations: Request For Proposal (RFP), Request For Quotation (RFQ), and Combined Synopsis, Proposal Writing, Joint Ventures and Source Selection.

Don’t lose this valuable opportunity to increase your business in 2018. Make sure you register for 2017 Industry Days.  

For more information and to register for this FREE opportunity to be informed on the 2018 contracting forecast for Arkansas you may go to and search for Solicitation Number: “2017-industry9.”

While you're here
The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Arkansas Post will be hosting a Networking Icebreaker the evening of Day 1.

The Icebreaker will be held at 6 p.m. on Dec. 6 at the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel in North Little Rock.

For more information, please contact Jan Hicks at 501-680-0016 or email her at, or contact Dianne Priddy at 501-987-7679. Register for the Networking Icebreaker and see more info on their Facebook page.

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