Event slated for July 19

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Local businesses can learn how to contract with government agencies during a free symposium and expo on Tuesday, July 19. Presented by the Lee County Economic Development office and the Small Business Development Center at FGCU, the event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at Harborside Event Center, 1375 Monroe St., Fort Myers. The expo will allow businesses to gain insight into government markets and networking with large- and medium-size contractors for possible government subcontracting opportunities.

Federal, state and local governments comprise one of the largest U.S. customer segments. This procurement symposium will provide the 17,000-plus local businesses with information on contracting with federal, state and local agencies. Local entrepreneurs will be able to meet and network with government buyers and learn more about marketing Multiple Award Schedule contracts, federal contracting programs, how to DBE business certification, set aside programs,  and sole-sourcing. This event also will offer additional business opportunities, including contract administration, commercial item procurement, small busi­ness contracting and sourcing strategies.

Speakers slated for the symposium represent numerous government agencies, including the Florida Department of Transportation, Veterans Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, MacDill Air Force Base, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Small Business Administration, Small Business Development Center, and Florida Department of Management Services.

The Lee County Economic Development Office works to attract new and diversified businesses to the area, support company growth and expansions, and improve the overall business environment in Lee County. Services include site selection assistance, demographic and statistical information, business assistance, financial assistance, employee training and recruitment and community tours. For more information, visit www.LeeCountyBusiness.com  or 239-533-6800.