By Debbie Gregory.

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This event will be held May 5, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


The El Paso Community College Contract Opportunities Center will host the 16th Procurement and Contracting Symposium. The conference will be held at the Centennial Banquet & Conference Center, 11199 Sergeant E. Churchill, Fort Bliss, Texas 79916 on May 5, 2020, from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.


This conference has historically been an important event for the business communities in El Paso County, West Texas and Southern New Mexico.  It has also presented an opportunity for government agencies and government prime contractors to extend their outreach to the region.  Invitations have been sent to all federal agencies, all known government prime contractors, regional state and local governments, and small business concerns throughout the region, and beyond.



  • Federal, State, and Local Government Representatives
  • Prime Contractors
  • Small Business Firms
  • Individuals interested in Training Sessions
  • Individuals and Firms interested in Forecasts and Upcoming Projects



  • To Network and Develop potential working relationships with Federal, State, and Local Government Agencies, Buyers, Prime and Sub Contractors, Suppliers, Providers, and the Regional Business Community.
  • Participate in Excellent Training Sessions that are provided by Respected National Trainers
  • To Receive Government Contracting Guidance, Updates, and Upcoming Forecasts.


Don’t miss this chance to network in one of El Paso’s Best and Largest Contracting Event.


General Registration Fees:  The registration fee is $35 per person (presenters & panelists excluded).  The registration fee includes continental breakfast and lunch. To register please visit the General Registration page.


Government Registration: There are no registration fees for Government Funded Entities.  Government Funded Entities may register up 2 attendees and may include a booth at no cost.  Any Government Registration that includes more than two attendees will incur of $35 registration fee for each attendee beyond the initial 2 waived attendees.  Government Funded Entities may register at our Government Registration Page.
Booth Space: Requests for booth/exhibitor space must be received at the time registrations are submitted or no later than two weeks prior to the event.  There will be a fee of $100, for booth /exhibitor space, in addition to the $35 registration fee. Electricity is available for an additional fee of $25. Priority for booth/exhibitor space will be given to sponsors, government agencies, and government prime contractors. All others will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis as long as space is available.  All booths must be paid 1 week prior to the event.  Booth space is 8ft wide.  Any display that is wider than 8ft must be noted when registering so that proper accommodation can be made.  Please note that any display wider than 10 ft may require the purchase of additional booth space.


Sponsorship Opportunities: Conference sponsorship opportunities are available. All corporate partners, supporting organizations and interested firms are invited to sponsor this event. For more information about sponsorship please click here.





By Debbie Gregory.

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The event will be held on May 5, 2020.


The El Paso Community College’s Contract Opportunities Center is excited to announce that it will once again host its Procurement and Contracting Symposium (PCS) and it will be held at the Centennial Banquet & Conference Center, 11199 Sergeant E. Churchill, Fort Bliss, TX.


PCS has historically been considered one of Far West Texas and Southern New Mexico’s premier networking event and has been supported by agencies of federal, state and local governments, and their prime contractors.


In planning the event, the objectives are to provide a venue where buyers, contractors, suppliers and providers can come together and begin developing relationships; to provide excellent training opportunities from national, renowned trainers for vendors currently engaged, and those seeking guidance in government contracting; and to provide information to potential government contractors and the regional business community.


The following organizations and individuals should plan on attending this event:

  • Representatives of federal, state or local government agencies seeking to extend or continue outreach activities in the region.
  • Prime contractors seeking to identify potential subcontractors, teaming and joint venture partners.
  • Small business firms wishing to network with federal, state or local government representatives, prime contractors and other firms.
  • Individuals interested in taking advantage of training sessions on hot topics relevant to federal, state or local government contracting.
  • Representatives of firms interested in upcoming forecasted projects.


Sponsorship opportunities will be available for businesses seeking to highlight and market their firms to symposium attendees.


Booths will be available for federal, state or local government agencies, and vendors interested in personal and interactive market research opportunities as well as the opportunity to conduct a training workshop or present on forecasted projects, if interested.




Sacramento District Office

Capital WBC Class on March 20, 2015

(WEBINAR) Federal Acquisition Regulation 101

Date:  Friday,
March 20, 2015

Time:  10:00 am to 11:30 am

Location: N/A (ONLINE)

Cost: FREE


Do you want to earn the respect of government
agencies, prime contractors, and be a federal market superstar? Then learning
the rules of the game is essential!

In this webinar you will learn how to
navigate the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) as well as how to find and
access the supplemental regulations of each federal agency, and much more.

After registering, you will receive a
confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

This webinar is brought to you by The
California Capital Financial Development Corporation Procurement Technical
Assistance Program

About the Presenter:

Carroll Bernard
brings a unique 360 degree perspective to federal contracting, coaching, and
training.  For over a decade Carroll has
worked as a buyer for the U.S. Navy, City of Vancouver Washington, and the U.S.
Department of Veterans Affairs.  He has
also provided mentorship, counseling, coaching, and training to thousands of
small businesses seeking government contracts as a counselor in the Procurement
Technical Assistance Program as well as the U.S. Small Business Administration
where he served as a Business Development Specialist for the 8(a) program,
Veterans Business Development Officer, and Primary HUBZone Liaison.

is also a seasoned entrepreneur and has successfully seized opportunities in
the government marketplace both as a prime contractor and subcontractor for his
own small business.   Carroll works with
a number of nonprofits hosting programs that seek to empower small businesses
through education such as Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs),
Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), and SCORE.




Attention all Veteran owned technology and software firms… there is a huge opportunity coming your way. Starting in either July or August of 2014, the Department of Defense will begin shopping for a company or companies to design and manage a new information technology system to maintain all medical records for service members.

For years, Veterans have had to leave the military with fully completed medical and dental records, only to have to reapply with the VA’s health care system. The transition eats up a lot of time and resources. A new record system that carriesover between the military and the VA is long overdue.

In May of 2013, officials at the Pentagon announced that they intended to install an improved electronic system for maintaining service members’ health records. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel promised to work with the VA in developing a “seamless system” for service members and Veterans. In light of this year’s VA scandal involving backlogs and wait times, the time to implement a new records system is now.

Many heavy hitters in the tech industry will be bidding on the contract. Veteran business owners in the tech industry would be wise to pay attention to this, which is estimated to be a 10 year, $11 billion contract. Whoever wins the contract will most likely be mandated to hire sub-contractors who are Veterans or Veteran-owned companies.

Companies that are expected to compete for the contract include Accenture Plc, Northrop Grumman Corp, Leidos Holdings Inc., Hewlett-Packard Inc., and IBM, who has already announced their plan to partner with Epic Systems Corp in a bid for the contract. Maybe your Veteran owned business can be added to this list as well.

The winner of the bidding gets to claim one of the largest contracts in federal information technology. But after the failed launch of the Obamacare website, bidders and their proposals will be under heavy scrutiny.

But either way, Veterans should still come out ahead through better, faster healthcare, seamless healthcare records, and the potential for subcontracting with the winning bidder.

The Veteran and Military Business Owners Association (VAMBOA) is a non-profit business trade association that promotes and assists Veteran Business Owners, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOB) and Military Business Owners. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and responsible for job generation. That is why VAMBOA provides its members with Business Coaching, Contracting Opportunities, a Blog that provides information, Networking contacts and other resources. Membership is FREE to Veterans. Join Now!


VAMBOA: Upcoming $11 Billion Federal Contract: By Debbie Gregory