On Tuesday, June 5, Chemonics participated in USAID’s fifth annual Small Business Conference matchmaking session. USAID’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) coordinated this full-day event, which included welcoming remarks by Rajiv Shah and a panel discussion on navigating the procurement process in light of USAID Forward.
Breakout sessions covered USAID’s Mentor-Protégé program and the Bureau of Global Health. A matchmaking and networking session allowed small businesses to engage with various USAID Bureau and Office representatives, as well as 10 of the leading USAID contractors. More than 225 small business firms from across the United States registered for this event.
Cynthia Hartley and Marisa Bowersox of Chemonics met with more than half a dozen small businesses to discuss upcoming opportunities and to provide insight on making the transition to or expanding their footprint in the international development arena. The businesses, with expertise ranging from international trade law to community policing and rule of law to organizational strategy and development, became informed about working as a small business contractor for USAID.
Each fall Chemonics hosts its own small business fair. Please keep checking the Our Partners section of our website to learn about plans for our 14th Small Business Fair scheduled to take place later this year.