Mark your calendars for October 6, and join the Coalition for Government Procurement for a hybrid event for the IT contractor community in conjunction with GSA, The IT Category: Creating Opportunities for Small Business, held in Tysons, Virginia. This forum, open to members and non-members, will bring together acquisition experts from government and industry to share the latest on programs and key policies impacting small businesses in the IT sector.

The day will begin with opening remarks from Laura Stanton, Governmentwide IT Category Manager and Assistant Commissioner of GSA’s IT Category.  Laura will bring her unique perspective to the governmentwide and GSA-focused efforts to support small businesses in the federal IT market.  Laura will discuss the overarching strategy for the IT Category in creating additional opportunities for small businesses.

Following Stanton’s remarks, there will be a 60-minute panel made up of program managers from NASA SEWP, NIH CIO-SP, and GSA’s MAS and AAS programs. These panelists will discuss contracting opportunities and how their respective programs engage with and support small businesses. We will then move to a second panel that will focus on crucial policies and legal issues that affect IT small businesses. In addition to these sessions, the event will provide a great networking opportunity for IT professionals.

Registration for the event is available here. Both in-person and virtual attendance are offered to Coalition members and the IT contractor community at large.

The full agenda, along with speaker bios, can be found below.

The IT Category: Creating Opportunities for Small Business

Location: Holland & Knight – 1650 Tysons Blvd., 16th Floor, Tysons, VA 22102

8:00-9:00 am: Registration Opens, Networking

9:00-9:30 am: Opening Remarks

Laura Stanton, Governmentwide IT Category Manager, Assistant Commissioner, Information Technology Category, GSA

9:30-10:30 am: Governmentwide Contracting Opportunities through NASA, NIH and GSA

Jim Ghiloni, Group Manager, IDIQ Labs/Innovation Sector, GSA

Joanne Woytek, SEWP Program Director, NASA

Ricky Clark, Deputy Director, NITAAC

Cheryl Thornton-Cameron, Executive Director, Office of Acquisition Operations, GSA

10:30: Break

10:45-11:45 am: Small Business Policy and Legal Update

John Shoraka, Co-Founder and Managing Director, GovContractPros

David Black, Partner, Holland & Knight

Ken Dodds, Government Contracting Industry Expert, Live Oak Bank

Jon Williams, Partner, PilieroMazza