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2020 ICBS Show announces event agenda

July 27, 2020

STILLWATER, Okla. -- Organizers have unveiled the agenda for the 2020 ICBS Show, an annual business summit taking place Aug. 18-20 to help entrepreneurs and business owners work with state and federal government agencies.

The agenda, available at www.icbsshow.com/agenda, details the online-only training sessions scheduled for the first day of the summit, which is presented by the Oklahoma Procurement Technical Assistance Center and the Tribal Government Institute. The following two days are reserved for one-on-one appointments with agency and prime contractors in a virtual matchmaking event.

Leading the day of training is Katie Arrington, chief information security officer for acquisition at the U.S. Department of Defense. She will update attendees and provide an overview of the federal government’s new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program that DoD will begin requiring contractors to use very soon. In a govconwire.com article, Arrington said that for contractors the new certification is a “go, no-go decision” and that they “either are or … aren’t ready.”

Following that presentation, staff from the U.S. Small Business Administration headquarters will discuss recent changes in program regulations. Programs to be discussed include the HUBZone and Women-Owned Small Business programs.

Albert Garza, a regional Small Business Utilization representative with the General Services Administration, will update attendees on the GSA’s Federal Supply Schedule changes. Schedule holders have seen tremendous change since 2019 after the GSA consolidated dozens of schedules into one. While the transition is nearly complete, an update could be useful to anyone selling on GSA schedules or planning to prepare a new proposal.

The 2020 ICBS Show will also feature its annual report on legal and regulatory changes affecting government contracting, brought by Matt Moriarty, a partner at Koprince Law. His talk will include changes in statutes, regulations and agency decisions that affect public procurement.

The day will end with an overview of the Integrated Award Environment, the project that has created beta.SAM.gov and integrated legacy database systems, such as FPDS.gov and FBO.gov. These changes affect anyone selling to the federal government.

“We have retained much of the successful format of ICBS as we moved it virtual this year,” said Carter Merkle, program manager of OkPTAC.

One registration covers all three days for $35. Register at www.icbsshow.com/register.

The ICBS Show, which has been presented annually since 2006, is online only this year to avoid spreading COVID-19 while also continuing to help businesses and individuals network, learn and meet potential new customers.

For more information, contact Merkle at 405-612-7386 or carter.merkle@careertech.ok.gov.

Go to www.icbsshow.com or www.facebook.com/icbsshow/ for event and contact information.

About OkPTAC, CareerTech and TGI

Oklahoma’s PTAC offers business counseling through 12 local technology centers across the state. Click here for OkPTAC locations and contact information.

TGI is a Native American PTAC providing counseling and other services to tribal enterprises and native-owned companies in the Southern Plains and Eastern Oklahoma regions of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. For more info on TGI, go to www.tgiok.com.

Procurement technical assistance centers are funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Defense Logistics Agency.

The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education provides leadership and resources, and assures standards of excellence for a comprehensive statewide system of career and technology education. The system offers programs and services in 29 technology center districts operating on 58 campuses, 394 K-12 school districts, 16 Skills Centers campuses that include three juvenile facilities and 32 adult basic education service providers.

The agency is governed by the State Board of Career and Technology Education and works closely with the State Department of Education and the State Regents for Higher Education to provide a seamless educational system for all Oklahomans.

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