Third Annual Conference Showcases Opportunities to Grow Through Government Contracting

Want to better understand how to do business in the government sector? The third annual Iowa Vendor Conference on August 23 at Hy-Vee Hall in downtown Des Moines is a full-day event that can help you and leaders in your business tap into the wealth of opportunities that federal, state, and local government contracting offers. Through a variety of workshops, you can learn to identify new potential customers, find opportunities called Simplified Ac­quisitions, actually understand the various questions in registration, and network with key contracting personnel, buyers, and exhibitors. Key­note speaker Guy Timberlake, chief visionary officer and CEO of The American Small Business Coalition, will discuss “Getting Your Foot in the Door” dur­ing the conference and will provide a free half-day “Competitive Intelligence Bootcamp” on August 24.

“Procurement staff from various city, state, and federal agencies are dedicating this time to meet with Iowa businesses, so we hope that businesses take advantage of this unique opportunity,” said Jodi Essex, CIRAS government contracting assistant.

Space is limited, and preregistration is required for this free event. Visit for details and to register. Additional questions should go to Jodi Essex at or 515-509-0769.