Congressman Cohen Urges District 9 Participation in Minority Procurement Seminar

August 9, 2007
Press Release

Washington, DC -- Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) is encouraging the participation of District 9 minority vendors in the Minority Procurement Seminar being held in Washington, D.C. on September 27. In an effort to increase the level of participation by minority vendors in contracting opportunities with the U.S. House of Representatives, the Committee on House Administration is sponsoring a Minority Procurement Seminar on September 27, 2007 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, D.C.   This seminar will provide step-by-step instructions for bidding on contracts within the agencies listed below.  More than 50 contractors from all over the country have already registered for this event. 

Congressman Cohen stated, "There are thousands of opportunities for private contractors to provide goods and services to the Federal government each year. The event has been very popular in the past so it is imperative that anyone interested register as soon as possible."

This session will focus on the contracts available in the offices of the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), the General Services Administration, and the Small Business Administration.  The seminar will provide information on how to qualify for the small and minority business contract lists that some agencies maintain.  It will also provide information on how to navigate the Federal contracting and bidding processes.  In recent years, the AOC has provided more than $675 million dollars in contracts to private vendors, and the CAO has let approximately $300 million in contracts. 

Participants are accepted on a first come, first served basis.  Once the seats are filled, waiting lists are established and those aspiring attendees will be notified if a slot becomes available.  The Committee on House Administration must have registration fees by close of business on September 10, 2007.


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Marilyn Dillihay, press secretary to Congressman Cohen, (202) 225-3265

Susan Sowell, executive assistant to Congressman Cohen, (901) 544-4131