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National 8(a) Training, Business Matchmaking, and Awards Ceremony Event Agenda
October 10, 2012
Carnegie Library
801 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

7:45am-8:45am Registration (Literary Hall)
8:45am-9:00am Pledge of Allegiance & Introductions (McKinley Theatre)
John Shoraka, Associate Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration
9:00am-9:30am Keynote Speaker (McKinley Theatre)
Ron Busby, President, US Black Chamber, Inc.
9:30am-10:30am How to Find Success with Government Contracts: 8(a) Graduates Share their Secrets (McKinley Theatre)
Moderator: Derek Dingle, Senior Vice President, Black Enterprise Magazine
Sheila Brooks, CEO, SRB Communications, LLC
Wayne M. Gatewood, Jr., President & CEO, Quality Support, Inc.
Charito Kruvant, President & CEO, Creative Associates International
10:30am-10:45am Break
10:45am-12:15pm Concurrent Events
Joint Success: Building Relationships with Big Businesses (McKinley Theatre)
  • Part I: Mentor-Protégé Agreements
  • Part II: Joint Ventures
Matchmaking (pre-scheduled appointments only) (L'Enfant Map Room)
12:15pm-1:45pm National Awards Luncheon (Literary Hall)
Marie C. Johns, Deputy Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration
John Shoraka, Associate Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration
Darryl Hairston, Associate Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration
1:45pm-2:45pm Concurrent Events
Beyond Government Contracts: How to Grow Your Business and Compete (McKinley Theatre)
Supplier Connection
Office of International Trade
Office of Capital Access
Small Business Loans

Matchmaking (pre-scheduled appointments only) (L'Enfant Map Room)