FEDERAL CONTRACTING FAIR

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CONGRESSMAN ROBERT A. UNDERWOOD Delegate from Guam U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C.

News Release December 29, 1999

IN GUAM SET FOR JANUARY 18

The U.S. Small Business Administration, Guam Chamber of Commerce and Department of Defense will sponsor a daylong federal contracting and small business fair on January 18 at the Pacific Star Hotel in Guam.

"This fair is targeted primarily at the small businesses on Guam who might need some assistance in getting the most out of the federal contracting dollar," said Congressman Robert A. Underwood, who is also co-sponsoring the fair.

"In this fiscal year, Guam is slated to get over $100 million in military construction money, and of course the military continues to spend large amounts of money on the exchanges and commissaries. We wanted an opportunity for the small businesses of Guam to better understand the federal contracting process and to be able to take full advantage of the opportunities presented by the Department of Defense dollars spent in Guam."

The military's trend toward outsourcing and privatization opens more contracting and subcontracting opportunities, especially for small businesses, Underwood said.

The fair will include the participation of DOD contracting officers from Hawai‘i, as well as SBA experts.

As mentioned in his 1999 "Guam's Agenda in Washington" address, the contracting fair is intended to give large and small businesses in Guam maximum opportunities to compete.

The fair will include a session on doing business with the Navy Exchange Service (NEX), the Army-Air Force Exchange Services (AAFES) and the Defense Commissary Agency (DECA).

"We're looking forward to helping our local businesses know how to take better advantage of Department of Defense dollars," Underwood said in a statement.

For more information, contact Ken Lujan at SBA at 671-472-7419 or Eloise Baza at the Guam Chamber of Commerce at 671-472-6311.

The registration fee is $15 and pre-registration is required.

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