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NIH Hosts Small Business Conference

The Office of Community Liaison and the Office of Contracts Management together with local business leaders will host "Partnering for Commerce: Second NIH Small Business Conference," May 20-21 at the Natcher Conference Center. Registration opens at 8 a.m. on both days. Conference hours are 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on May 20 and 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on May 21.

At the meeting, the small business community will be encouraged to establish partnerships by submitting quotes for acquisition requirements through the NIH on-the-spot electronic techno-logy. Bidding hours are Thursday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. At the last small business conference, more than $8,000,000 in contracts were awarded. This year's conference will provide participants an expanded forum for learning to navigate in the electronic commercial environment of the federal government.

NIH has designed software to facilitate the bidding process. Normal bidding procedures will be waived only for this event to allow on-the-spot acquisitions. This procedure will present businesses the chance to submit quotes on purchase requests to satisfy product and service requirements. In general, items will be available for competition that can be awarded on the basis of price, delivery and other price-related factors in accordance with the simplified acquisition procedures. Non-mandatory GSA schedule items, software, supplies and some services may also be available for competition.

In addition to on-the-spot acquisition, workshops will focus on concerns of small businesses eager to engage in streamlined business with NIH and the government and about the variety of small business contracting opportunities. Special attention will be paid to new businesses, disadvantaged, minority, women-owned and disabled-owned firms with one-on-one counseling and community resources available. Prime NIH contractors will be on hand to advise about subcontracting possibilities.

To register and for more information, visit the Web site at: or call (301) 650-8660.

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