The following is an invitation from Congressman Adam Smith (Tacoma - 9):

“As the largest buyer of goods and services in the world, the U.S. federal government awards millions of subcontracts a year to businesses around the country. But doing business with the federal government can be a bureaucratic maze and many companies routinely forgo applying for government contracts because of the obstacles they perceive to be involved. 

“I am committed to working with small businesses, helping them work with federal and local governments, and encouraging investment so that the Puget Sound region economy continues to grow.

“On Friday, May 31 I will host a procurement conference to assist area businesses in obtaining government contracts and establishing working relationships with different agencies within the federal government.

“The conference will be an excellent opportunity for the business community and federal agencies to network with small business suppliers, contractors and subcontractors. Many federal agencies, large-business prime contractors, and technical assistance providers have been invited, including the Department of the Army, the Department of the Air Force, the Small Business Administration, Boeing and more.

“If you are interested in attending this conference please contact Lori Wemmer in my district office at (253) 593-6600, or by email at” 

WHAT: Congressman Smith’s “Doing Business with America” Conference 

WHERE: 1717 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402 - Jury Assembly Room

WHEN:  Friday, May 31, 2002 - 8:30 am to 12:00 pm