WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced that its Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization will host its 8th Annual Small Business Conference, Exposition & Matchmaking Forum, June 26-28, 2007, at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. The Matchmaking Forum will provide over $1 billion in potential subcontracting opportunities in fiscal year 2007 through scheduled one-on-one meetings with procurement representatives from DOE’s prime contractors.

According to the DOE, it is the second largest civilian purchaser, procuring over $23 billion in goods and services annually. DOE’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization will lead the department’s national outreach effort as outlined in President Bush’s Small Business Agenda. The conference will provide information and programs available to assist small businesses, small and disadvantaged businesses, women-owned, 8(A), HUBZone, veteran-owned, and service-disabled veteran-owned businesses, to engage in DOE contracting opportunities.

This year’s conference is co-sponsored by The Veterans Corp., charged with creating and enhancing entrepreneurial business opportunities for veterans, including those who are service-disabled. The Veterans Corp. is a 501(c) (3) organization.

To register for the conference, visit www.smallbusiness-outreach.doe.gov or call 888-246-2460.

Publication date:06/04/2007