Getting Prepared

Advanced planning is essential to make your time at any conference a success.  And since the 2018 Small Business Conference will be co-located with the National Veterans Small Business Engagement and the combined attendance is expected to be over 4,000, it's even more crucial this time around to get ready and get set, so you can go! go! go! when you're on-site and achieve maximum return on your investment of time and money! 

The SAME Small Business Council is pleased to present a two-part webinar series on how to get ready for the SBC, so please plan to participate:

 
Get Ready: Preparing for SBC - Thursday, September 27 from 1:00-2:00 pm eastern.  This session will cover conference networking best practices, crafting your pitch, tailoring your capability statement, and the best ways to follow-up after a conference.  To participate, on Thursday, September 27 at 1:00 pm eastern, click here.
 
Get Set:  Know the Details of SBC - Thursday, October 11 from 1:00-2:00 pm eastern. This session will focus on the logistics of SBC, information on who is participating, making networking roundtable appointments, and how to make the most of your time. To participate, on Thursday, October 11 at 1:00 pm eastern, click here.

The webinars will be recorded, so if you cannot listen in real time, you can get the information at your convenience!

With only three days and unlimited opportunities, it's crucial to plan ahead for success.  In addition to participating in the above webinars (or watching them after-the-fact) - you've got some actions to take! Taking the time to create your personal goals and itinerary is key to making the most of your time in New Orleans.  And we have the tools you need to create a plan of attack!

Learning: Use our sessions page to scour the education sessions you need to take your business to new heights!  Search all sessions at once or search by speaker name, date, or track. We have four education tracks: Entering the Federal Marketplace; Marketing & Business Development; Advance Procurement Strategies; and Regulations, Rules, and the Government Framework.

Market Research:  The SBC and NVSBE can help you achieve your market research goals for the year!  Whether you're looking for a procurement-ready company to fulfill a contracting requirement, searching for the opportunities available to your company, or looking for a teaming partners, it's all right here in New Orleans. But you won't complete your list of to-dos without some advanced work:
 
Networking Roundtables (NRTs): Both SBC and NVSBE feature networking roundtables at which small businesses can meet with government agencies and large businesses about how they can work together. NRTs are by appointment only so don't wait until you're on-site to review the list of hosts and get a meeting on the books.
SBC NRTs: Appointments are first-come, first-served and by request.  Only small businesses may request appointments.  APPOINTMENT MAKING WILL OPEN SEPTEMBER 17.  To view table hosts and request an appointment, log-in to the Attendee Service Center and click on the "Attendee Networking" menu item.
NVSBE NRTs: Appointments are first-come, first-served.  APPOINTMENT MAKING WILL OPEN SEPTEMBER 19.  To view table hosts and book an appointment, log-in to the NVSBE Event Management System.  If you lost your login email or never received one, contact the NVSBE call center at 844-687-2318 so your personal link can be resent. 
 
Exhibit Hall:  The exhibit hall is filled with government agencies, small businesses, and large businesses that can help you achieve your goals!  Use the interactive exhibit hall to see all exhibiting companies - you can search by name, product category, small business designation, and more!