The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration invites you to attend the virtual “USDA Small Business 101 Workshop” to be held on January 11th and 12th, 2022, from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST and 9:00 am – 12:00 pm EST, respectively. The workshop is designed to provide businesses, unfamiliar with Federal contracting, in rural and underserved areas the information, tools, and resources available to increase their access to Federal procurement opportunities. Discussions will primarily focus on an introduction to business requirements and USDA’s effort to expand procurement opportunities to small, rural, minority, women, veteran, and other disadvantaged businesses.
The “USDA Small Business 101 Workshop” will also serve as an opportunity to network with other small businesses, partners and stakeholders including local, state, Federal and tribal governments, land-grant universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, tribal colleges and universities, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, national development organizations, Small Business Development Centers, Chambers of Commerce, non-profit organizations, community based organizations, faith leaders, veterans groups, community lending groups, and other organizations focused on supporting and growing businesses across the country.
Our goal is for every small and disadvantaged business that participates in the “USDA Small Business 101 Workshop” to develop critical local, regional, and Federal relationships to expand their business network and to walk away with at least three (3) action items that will move them closer to accessing Federal procurement opportunities.
Please mark your calendars to participate in the “USDA Small Business 101 Workshop.” Part I of the event will be held January 11, 2022 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm EST, and Part II will be held on January 12, 2022, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm EST. We look forward to listening, learning, and working with you as we strive to provide opportunities to this Country’s engine of economic growth, our small businesses.
To register for the event, please use the following “Zoom Link”: https://www.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJItce2oqTIjG0F07vCRiSl890pjeyxYUQo.Registrations are due by 5:00 pm EST on Monday, January 10, 2022.
Additionally, in our efforts to support small, rural, and disadvantaged businesses, we have created the USDA Small Business webpage which will continue to expand and provide key resources from how to build your business to managing government contracts. We also created the SmallBizEvent@usda.gov mailbox to give you a one stop location for all small business communications and questions. Please add them to your bookmarks and address book.