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ICBS Show introduces government buyers and sellers

Government vendors and buyers will meet in quick, personal introductions during the 2019 ICBS Show matchmaking session Aug. 21 in Norman.

“Matchmaking is a little like speed dating,” said Carter Merkle, an organizer for the event. “It has always been the most highly rated part of our two-day conference throughout the 12 years we have done this.”

The ICBS Show is organized by Oklahoma’s two procurement technical assistance centers, OBAN and TGI, programs that guide businesses in successfully selling to and performing on government projects. The PTACs expect more than 300 participants Aug. 20-21 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Norman.

Participants registering at www.icbsshow.com can set 10-minute meetings with representatives of various federal, state, local and tribal buying offices, as well as large prime contractors looking for suppliers and subcontractors. Each matchmaking participant, both buyers and sellers, will receive a schedule of appointments before the event. Participants can make last minute appointments on-site.

Agencies and companies already confirmed as participating this year include the General Services Administration, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, the U.S. Indian Health Service, the city of Dallas, Oklahoma’s Central Purchasing, Lockheed Martin and Pratt & Whitney.

In addition to the matchmaking session, ICBS offers training sessions and exhibits. This year, a new opportunity offered to registered participants is a preconference B2B roundtable event from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 19. Those arriving before the main conference will meet other ICBS participants, giving them a head start on the two days of business networking.

The Oklahoma PTACs organizing the ICBS Show are OBAN, a program of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, and TGI, a Native American PTAC. OBAN and TGI provide procurement counseling, bid matching and other services to businesses in Oklahoma and surrounding areas. OBAN serves businesses in Oklahoma. TGI serves tribal enterprises owned by tribes located in two Bureau of Indian Affairs regions serving Oklahoma and surrounding areas.

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ICBS is a business summit designed to meet the needs of government contractors seeking new business opportunities or new partners to meet contract requirements. To learn more about ICBS visit www.ICBSshow.com. These procurement technical assistance centers are funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Defense Logistics Agency.

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