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Acquisition Hour: Registration Update and How to Leverage Added Capabilities


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Cyber Friday: CMMC – Are You Ready?


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Acquisition Hour: The Procurement Integrated Enterprise Environment (PIEE) Part 2 – Other Modules

CONNECT! Green Bay Packers Mentor-Protégé Program Networking Event (In-Person)


The Federal Government buys everything – a standard opening PPT slide in many “How to Do Business with the Government” presentations



WELL. KIND OF BUT…. The Government procures a wide range of goods and services BUT only when the need exists AND when the funds are available. Successful government contractors don’t just happen – they work and invest to develop the technical skills and market knowledge required to identify opportunities, qualify opportunities, develop their capture strategy, and win awards. AND they know their competition. 

There are many resources available to help a business identify and analyze potential competitors including SAM.GOV, USASPENDING, Industry Days, local/national conferences and events, federal market focused organizations/publications and basic online searches.

If you would like to learn more about how to do market research and contact WPI at 414-270-3600 or


GSA Interact

Interact is an online platform that connects federal customers with private industry partners to collaborate, inform, and build better relationships in government acquisition. The platform was built to connect the needs of federal acquisition professionals with the expertise of private industry across a variety of procurement topics. GSA Interact helps industry and government better communicate and learn from each other in order to build more successful business partnerships.  

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FY 2023 CONUS Per Diem Rates for Federal Travelers Released

WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) released the fiscal year 2023 continental United States (CONUS) per diem reimbursement rates, effective October 1, 2022, through September 30, 2023. For FY 2023, the maximum lodging allowance rates in some existing per diem localities will increase and the standard CONUS lodging rate will increase from $96 to $98, resulting in 316 locations receiving a maximum lodging allowance higher than the standard rate. The M&IE per diem tiers for FY 2023 are unchanged at $59-$79, with the standard M&IE rate unchanged at $59.

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Our Cyber Friday series returns! 

11:00 - Noon 


  • September 9: CMMC - Are You Ready?
  • September 23: CMMC: DFARS 252.204-7012 - Similarities and Differences
  • October 7: Four Key Building Blocks to Use in Developing and Implementing a Comprehensive System Security Plan
  • October 21: Vetting and Creating Agreements with Subcontractors and 3rd Party Service Providers
  • November 4: Developing and Implementing Essential Security Policies, Practices, and Procedures
  • November 18: Incident Identification, Reporting Requirements, and Recovery
  • December 2: Designing and Using Security Exercises to Test and Improve Security Programs

Registration and more information coming soon to

 September 21, 2022
2:30 - 5:00 pm
The event will be in two parts.

Part 1 is the panel, “Roadmap to doing Business with Private Companies and Public Agency Partners.” The panel will have representatives from a government agency, industry representatives, and general contractors who will discuss how to do business with their organizations.

Part 2 is reserved for networking. The networking will give businesses an opportunity to network with corporate buyers, resource providers, government agencies, lenders, and more.
Additional information will be posted at this page closer to the event.
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 September 27, 2022

9:00 am - Noon


The Contracting Academy (TCA) is an opportunity for businesses to grow their technical knowledge of contracting with Federal Government, State/Local Government, and Government Prime contractors. The series of workshops will benefit established businesses looking to grow and develop their government sales.

The September 27, 2022 TCA sessions will cover these topics:

  • State of Wisconsin Goods & Services
  • State of Wisconsin Construction, A/E & Related Services
  • This event will include the opportunity to meet individually with State of Wisconsin buyers

TCA is presented by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and Wisconsin Procurement Institute (WPI).

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 September 27, 2022

1:00 - 5:00 pm


You know that cybercrime is dangerous – it threatens your business and puts your customers at-risk. These criminals mass produce attacks that reach even the smallest companies, freezing operations and taking your attention away from running your business.

We know you’ve been bombarded by information. People sharing extreme examples of companies losing everything, customers’ private information disappearing, and victims unable to recover.

There are also service providers reaching out to help. Usually, the solutions seem either very complicated, too expensive, or both. The vendors seem more interested in selling you expensive solutions that are too hard to implement, rather than helping you.

All of this makes cybersecurity seem like an issue that big companies can handle with ease, but smaller organizations don’t have a prayer!

That’s about to change!

On September 27th, you can engage with some of the best cybersecurity resources in Wisconsin. These people understand smaller companies and in just a few hours with us, you will:

  • Understand the true threat
  • Come away with several immediate, practical actions that will make your operations more secure
  • Access professional resources to develop a practical plan
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December 6-7, 2022


Presented by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, MARKETPLACE is the Governor’s Annual Conference on Diverse Business Development. The event connects business owners from across Wisconsin seeking to do business with state, federal and local governments as well as the private sector. At the conference, minority, woman, veteran, small and LGBTQ-owned businesses can learn from and connect with resource providers, government representatives, corporate buyers and business professionals to lay the framework to develop new partnerships and new contracts.


Dec. 6, 2022

In Person Networking Conference & Exhibition

Location: The Wisconsin Center, Milwaukee


Dec. 7, 2022

The Contracting Academy (TCA) Sessions

Location: Virtual

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