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SBA and Engineers & Land Surveyors Assoc. to hold 13th gov’t contracting event

By on April 20, 2018

SAN JUAN – The U.S. Small Business Administration and the Puerto Rico Professional College of Engineers and Land Surveyors (CIAPR by its Spanish acronym) will carry out Tuesday, May 1, their 13th Government Contracting Matchmaking Event.

It will begin at 8 a.m. in CIAPR’s facilities on 500 Antolín Nin St., in San Juan, where small-business owners can discuss potential opportunities “with federal procurement officers and directly market their products and services,” SBA Puerto Rico & Virgin Islands District Director Yvette T. Collazo said in a release issued Friday.

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At the event, entrepreneurs will be given 10-minute appointments with procurement officers from federal agencies such as the General Services Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development, the Federal Highway Administration and the Puerto Rico Transportation Department’s Office of Small Disadvantaged Business Utilization, as well as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Installation Contracting Office-Fort Buchanan, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Forest Service and Veterans Affairs. Pharmaceutical company Bristol Myers Squibb will be joining the event this year.

The public meeting will include sessions on the Mentor/Protégé Joint Venture Program, Bristol Myers Squibb Supplier Diversity Program, Woman-Owned Small Business and Economically Disadvantaged Woman-Owned Small Business Certification.

“During this historic time for Puerto Rico, we have the responsibility of offering entrepreneurs all the tools and resources available so they may take advantage of the federal opportunities that exist and help their businesses become more solid than before, creating the jobs that are so necessary for Puerto Rico’s economic development,” Collazo wrote in the release.

“This joint effort with the SBA takes on a special significance this year, in which the foundations of Puerto Rico and the professions represented by the CIAPR face so many challenges even seven months after the passing of Hurricane María. Supporting entrepreneurs as they contribute to our economy and create jobs is an obvious priority more now than ever, and partnerships like this one are the tools to achieve it,” added CIAPR President Pablo Vázquez.

Seating for the event is limited. To register, visit Eventbrite. For more information, call 787-766-5572.

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