The number of attendees was capped at 80, but an estimated 85 attended -- attesting to the event's popularity. The cap was necessary because Dugway lacks a facility for a larger event, said Angela Arwood-Gallegos, Small Business Professional with the Office of Small Business Programs MICC.
Jim Keetch, director of the Dugway MICC office, welcomed the guests and drew chuckles when he said, "Keep in mind, just because you're here doesn't give you the secret recipe to a government contract."
Arwood-Gallegos said, "Utah has a very healthy small business industry." Her office must maintain an outreach program to inform small businesses regularly. The Procurement Technical Assistance Center and Small Business Administration -- represented at the Dugway fair, also host or attend similar events.
All small business owners seeking government contracts should begin their search at the Federal Business Opportunities website at www.fbo.gov, Arwood-Gallegos said. Here, they learn the specifics of government city, county, state and federal contracts with small businesses.
For more information on small business contract opportunities at Dugway Proving Ground, email Jim Keetch at email@example.com or Angela Arwood-Gallegos at firstname.lastname@example.org