Meet the Buyers Conference

Hosted by

Nebraska APEX Accelerator

WHEN: Tuesday, October 17, 2023

Meet the Buyers is Nebraska’s premier government contracting conference where businesses can advance their contracting knowledge, connect with other business owners, and network directly with agency representatives and buyers.

Don’t miss the chance to meet directly with Federal, State, and Local government agency reps, government contracting industry people, and resource providers.

Full Agenda

October 17 | Regional MILCON and Contracting Symposium

Agenda subject to minor time adjustments.

9:00-10:00 | Check-In and Networking Hour

10:00-10:45 | Opening Remarks and Sentinel Briefing

Colonel Elizabeth Harwood, Chief of Nuclear Enterprise Division, Air Force Civil Engineer Center

10:45-11:30 | Sentinel and GBSD Update from USACE

Jacob Wiegmann, Program Manager of Military Programs Branch at USACE

11:30-1:00 | Break for Lunch

1:00-1:45 | B-21 Bed down Update and MILCON at Ellsworth AFB (South Dakota) Overview

Andrew Temeyer, Program Manager of Military Programs Branch at USACE

1:45-2:30 | MILCON at Offutt AFB and Base Reconstruction Project Update

John Jaszkowiak, Program Manager of Military Programs Branch at USACE

2:30-4:00 | Networking, Matchmaking, and Meeting with Resource Providers and Agencies

October 18 | Government Contracting Training Workshops

Agenda subject to minor adjustments

Track 1 | USACE Construction Quality Management Course | 9 AM – 4 PM

All-day training course presented by Todd Tobias, Construction Representative at USACE. Pre-Registration required for this course. Maximum of 25 attendees. Participants will receive a certificate upon completion of the course and exam.

Track 2 | GovCon Trainings

9:00-10:00 | CMMC Overview

Kareem Sykes, Program Manager, Project Spectrum (virtual livestream)

10:30-11:30 | Joint Ventures (In-Person)

John Holtz, Senior Associate Attorney, Koprince McCall Pottroff LLC

11:30-12:30 | BREAK FOR LUNCH

12:30-1:30 | Mentor-Protégé Programs (In-Person)

Timothy Laughlin, Associate Attorney, Schoonover & Moriarty LLC

1:30-2:15 | DPA Title III (In-Person)

Daniel Kuchar, NBDC APEX Accelerator Business Development Specialist and Josh Nichol-Caddy, NBDC Innovation & Technology Program Director

2:30-3:15 | HUBZone Program Overview and Local Updates

Lisa Tedesco, Deputy District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration (virtual livestream)

3:15-4:00 | Subcontracting (In-Person)

Tracy Jerman, Small Business Liaison, Northrop Grumman

Track 3 | GovCon Trainings

9:00-10:00 | Size and Affiliations (In-Person)

John Holtz, Senior Associate Attorney, Koprince McCall Pottroff LLC

10:30-11:30 | Buy Indian Act (In-Person)

Timothy Laughlin, Associate Attorney, Schoonover & Moriarty LLC

11:30-12:30 | BREAK FOR LUNCH

12:30-2:00 | E-Verify and I-9 Form for Employers and Government Contractors

Joel Grauer, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, Department of Homeland Security (virtual livestream)

2:30-3:15 | Nebraska Department of Transportation’s DBE Program and Support Services (In-Person)

Jacob McSheffrey, Business Projects Manager, Project Solutions, Inc3:15-4:00 | How to Market to Federal Agencies & the Role of SBA PCR for Small Business

Daniel Curado, Procurement Center Representative (PCR), U.S. Small Business Administration (virtual livestream)

October 19 | Meet the Buyers

8:00-9:00 | Check-In, Networking Hour, and Agency Table Set-Up Time

9:00-11:45 | Agency Presentations

11:45-12:45 | BREAK FOR LUNCH

12:45-4:00 | Networking with the Agencies

Participating Agencies

  • Ellsworth Air Force Base
  • Offutt Air Force Base
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Bechtel
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • National Park Service
  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
  • Department of Veterans Affairs (virtual presentation only)
  • General Services Administration
  • U.S. Department of Transportation – West Central
  • University of Nebraska Procurement
  • Nebraska Department of Administrative Services
  • Nebraska Department of Transportation
  • Nebraska Indian Community College (NICC) APEX Accelerator
  • Society of American Military Engineers
  • More To Be Announced!

Hampton Inn & Suites Scottsbluff-Conference Center, 301 US-26, Scottsbluff, NE 69361

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