Let's Talk Business- Small Business Certifications: Qualifications and Benefits for your Business

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U.S. Small Business Administration

WHEN: Friday, May 17, 2024

About the Series – Organized by the SBA Lower Rio Grande Valley District Office 
Introducing the “Let’s Talk Business Series,” a 12-part program connecting entrepreneurs with federal, state, and local small business resources.  Whether you’re a budding entrepreneur or want to grow your business, this series presents essential business topics, provides a forum for networking, and promotes success in today’s dynamic business environment.  Participants may attend one, two, six, or all sessions.

Session 9 – Business Certifications: Qualifications and Benefits for your Business

The U.S. government is the largest buyer in the world. It buys all types of products and services — in both large and small quantities — and it’s required by law to consider buying from small businesses.

To expand the number of businesses capable of participating in the governmental marketplace, this session will provide you with an understanding of the requirements for government contracting and the know-how to obtain and perform federal, state, and local government contracts.

Presented by the UTRGV APEX Accelerator, formerly known as the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), this session will teach participants the importance of business certifications, how to qualify, and the benefits to the business.

Discover and Learn:

  • The different types of certifications (state/federal) for which your business might be eligible.
  • The qualifications and benefits for each of the different certifications.
  • How to certify the business through the System of Awards Management (SAM)
  • What exactly is SAM, and how is it used?

About the APEX Accelerator:

UTRGV APEX Accelerator provides technical services through training and one-on-one counseling to persons interested in obtaining contracts with local, state, and federal governmental entities. It also helps businesses obtain state and federal certifications and understand the contracting process.


2422 E. Tyler Ave. Suite E Harlingen, TX 78550

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