Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Congressman Cohen's Procurement Fair Helps Memphis-Area Small Businesses Better Compete

June 30, 2014
Press Release

[MEMPHIS, TN] – Continuing his efforts to ensure that Memphis-area small businesses are well-informed and competitive when seeking to win contracts with the federal government, Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) this week hosted his 2014 Federal Procurement Fair at the University of Memphis. A photo of this year’s fair, which Congressman Cohen has hosted annually since 2010, is available here.

“Memphis is home to many well-qualified, high-potential minority entrepreneurs and small-business owners who do great work,” said Congressman Cohen. “They are the heart of the Memphis economy and play a critical role in our nation’s economic recovery. I am glad to bring together representatives from so many agencies to give our local small businesses the opportunity to gain a competitive edge in government contracting, grow their businesses, and create good-paying jobs right here in Memphis.”

The Congressman’s Federal Procurement Fair is another of his efforts to boost the Memphis economy and help minority-owned small businesses grow, which have also included working for years to secure funding for the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center in Memphis. In 2012, Congressman Cohen’s hard work and persistence led to a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) to start the MBDA Business Center in Memphis. The MBDA, part of the DOC, is the only federal agency created specifically to foster the establishment and growth of minority-owned businesses in America. In April, Congressman Cohen also announced that the MBDA Business Center in Memphis had won an additional $250,000 of federal funding. More information about that funding can be found here

For this year’s Federal Procurement Fair, Congressman Cohen brought to Memphis representatives from the General Services Administration, Small Business Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Minority Business Development Agency, Department of Transportation, Army Corps of Engineers, Department of Energy, Tennessee Procurement Technical Assistance, and the Tennessee Small Business Development Center.