The Hawaii District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has scheduled a series of free small business workshops related to doing business with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), one of the federal government’s largest buyers of goods and services. Sessions will be held on July 15-16, 2014 at the Hawaii District Office (Training Room) at 300 Ala Moana Boulevard, Suite 1-306, and include free one-on-one sessions, workshops and match-making opportunities in contracting with the U.S. military, FBI, Postal Service and other Hawaii-based federal agencies.

Ms. Pamela Smith-Cressel, District 9’s Director for GSA Small Business Utilization – Pacific Rim Region, will be in Honolulu to conduct the sessions and workshops. Ms. Smith-Cressel has many years of experience in small business opportunities and will be sharing her vast knowledge in GSA procurement. She will provide in-depth coverage for businesses looking to get started with GSA, directing one-on-one sessions and answering any questions you have on GSA contracting.

SBA is handling registration and scheduling. Please call Ms. Mary Dale at 808-541-2990 or visit www.sba.gov/hi and click on the event’s calendar to register.

In a related program on July 17, Honolulu’s Minority Business Development Agency at the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Shidler College of Business is hosting the 12th Annual Hawaii Small Business Forum at the Honolulu Country Club from 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

The forum will feature opportunities with GSA and the military small business contracting offices for the U.S. Air Force, Army (including the Corps of Engineers) and Navy/Marine Corps.  Presentations will cover topics ranging from GSA schedules to cyber security to HART and other contracting opportunities for small businesses, and close with match-making appointments with government, large businesses and small businesses.

Registration fee is $60.00 (includes program materials, continental breakfast and sandwich lunch) and businesses may reserve exhibitor tables on a first-come, first served basis for an additional $50.00. Log on to www.hidodsbforum.eventbrite.com to register.

NOTE:  Walk-in registration is $75.00, cash only, based on available seating.