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Obama Administration Officials Help 150 San Antonio-area Small Businesses Learn How to Contract with Federal Government

Administration officials share information, contracting opportunities to help local small businesses grow.

GSA # 10796

May 6, 2011
Sara Merriam, 202-525-8165
Sara.Merriam@gsa.gov

SAN ANTONIO – Today GSA Administrator Martha Johnson joined Seth Harris, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor, and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro at the Getting Back to Business: San Antonio Small Business Procurement Industry Fair. The procurement fair provided a daylong series of workshops to help local small businesses successfully identify and secure current contracts with the federal government, as well as opportunities to meet with decision-makers. 

“The San Antonio Small Business Procurement Industry Fair is just one more way that GSA is reaching out to our partners in the small business community,” Johnson said. “Hopefully, the information imparted here today will position San Antonio-area small businesses to successfully compete for federal government contracts to grow their businesses.” 

As the procurement arm of the federal government, approximately $65 billion in federal contracts flow through the U.S. General Services Administration annually. GSA plays a key role in helping the nation’s small businesses access these procurement opportunities nationwide. Through its Office of Small Business Utilization, GSA advocates for and oversees several programs to assist small businesses, including those owned by women, minorities, socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, and veterans. GSA has awarded more than $500 million to small businesses this fiscal year alone. 

The event was held at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Representatives from the Small Business Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development, and the U.S. Department of Commerce's Minority Business Development Agency were on hand to offer guidance on contracting opportunities throughout the Southwest. 

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