Small Business Boot Camp 2.0
15-16 February 2023
Investors: Request to Attend NLT 24 January 2023 11:59 PM ET
Industry: Request to Attend NLT 08 February 2023 11:59 PM ET
SOFWERX, in coordination with the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP), will provide a forum for Small Businesses with technologies that support National Security Interests and/or the SOCOM technology interest areas to learn more about doing business with SOCOM. Additionally, the second day of the event will provide an opportunity for Small Business engagement with government stakeholders and investors in the form of “Speed Dating” and a “Pitch Day.” See objective for more details.
The OSBP is dedicated to helping you and your business. They will explain known requirements, help you understand who buys what within the Command, and can assist you in locating other likely markets within DoD and developing strategies for accessing those markets. They provide information and guidance on defense procurement policies and procedures as well as methods for identifying prime contracting and subcontracting opportunities.
Day 1: Presenters will provide an overview of USSOCOM as well information on the basic components and requirements of working with the Department of Defense, and how to engage with USSOCOM. In addition, there will be briefings from external support organizations and mechanisms that can help you to prepare and scale your business.
Day 2: The second day’s presentations will be focused on the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs as well as a VC panel. Additionally, we will provide a forum for Small Businesses to engage with government stakeholders and investors in the form of “Speed Dating.” Finally, there will also be an opportunity for investors to engage with and receive pitches from SOCOM SBIR/STTR Phase II awardees. Please see the below links for the opportunity to participate.
Event Tentative Agenda
All times listed in ET
0900-0915: Check-In / Zoom Log-in
0915-0930: Welcome/Introductions (SOFWERX / SOCOM OSBP)
0930-1015: SOCOM 101 (including eSOF & Vulcan)
1015-1045: Government Contracting
1100-1145: How to Write a Successful Proposal (with focus on Sections L&M)
1145-1200: How to Deliver a Pitch
1315-1400: Inventor Pitfalls
1400-1420: Facility Clearances
1420-1500: Cyber Maturity Model Certification
1515-1545: FL SBDC
1545-1615: SBA Loans
1615-1700: Intellectual Property Law
1700-???: Networking Event in Ybor City (location TBD)
0900-0915: Check-In / Zoom Log-in
0915-1015: SOCOM SBIR/STTR
1015-1030: SBIR/STTR Extension Act of 2022
1030-1100: DWX/SOFWERX 101
1230-1315: VC Panel
1330-1630: Breakouts (SBIR/STTR Phase II Pitches & Speed Dating)
*Agenda is subject to change
Please note: In-person attendance will be limited to 200 people. There will be a virtual component available.
How You Can Participate
Request to Attend to this event: Click Here to Request to Attend (NLT 08 February @ 11:59 PM ET)
Request to Attend to this event: Click Here to Request to Attend (NLT 24 January @ 11:59 PM ET)
For event-related questions, please contact Claire Hawley, firstname.lastname@example.org
PURCHASING DIVERSITY DAY MEMBER MEETING – WEDNESDAY MARCH 15, 2023
West Hartford Town Hall Auditorium
50 South Main Street
West Hartford, CT 06107
PPAC is partnering with SBA, CT APEX (formerly CTPTAC), and DAS to create Purchasing Diversity Day. The meeting begins with our business meeting and then a brief introduction of the various partners – SBA, CPAT and Meg Yetishefsky from DAS. Then the fun begins as our members will sit at a table and the small business community will come and ask, “How do I do business with your town”. Municipalities who purchase a booth will receive a formal booth with table, chairs, and signs. The venue has WiFi. If you have electronic vendor registration, bring your laptop and the small business community can register on site. Otherwise feel free to bring pamphlets or other items to assist in registering vendors for your projects. I would also recommend coming prepared to discuss any upcoming projects. If a municipality purchases a booth and wishes to have their owner rep assist them in registering vendors, they can register as a guest of the member. If you have specific questions, feel free to contact Tammy Bradley at email@example.com.