KINGSPORT — The Government Procurement and Contracting workshop scheduled for April 10 will feature the Y-12 National Security Complex’s new Uranium Processing Facility, the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, Vendor Registry and the Small Business Administration. The workshop will be held from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education.
The workshiop will be hosted by the Kingsport Office of Small Business Development and Entrepreneurship, in collaboration with the Tennessee Small Business Development Center and the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce.
Y-12’s new UPF is Tennessee’s most expensive capital construction project estimated at $6.5 billion. Located in Oak Ridge, Y-12 is actively looking for small business contracts in the areas of IT, construction materials and services, professional and administrative services, lab safety products, mechanical equipment, electrical systems, R & D, engineering, computer software, waste management, electronic instruments, etc.
These products and services are regularly purchased by Y-12. Dale Christianson, UPF Deputy Project Director and Richard Brown, UPF Procurement Director, will be presenting on behalf of Y-12 at the event.
Paul Middlebrooks, PTAC procurement counselor from Chattanooga, will give a presentation on securing federal business opportunities.
Bryan Strong, president of Vendor Registry, will be presenting on his Knoxville-based company which augments the matching of state and local government buyers with East Tennessee vendors.
Gloria Armstead, SBA Business Opportunity Specialist from Nashville, will be presenting on the criteria and benefits of becoming certified as an 8(a), Woman-Owned, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned, Minority-Owned or HUBZone Small Business.