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Working with School Food Service Purchasing Programs and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

November 16

Madison Area Technical College (MATC) Commercial Avenue Campus

2125 Commercial Avenue | Madison, WI 53704

Join WPI and the State of Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction at Madison Area Technical College to learn about opportunities related to School Lunch Programs. Wisconsin Procurement Institute staff will also be present to assist with procurement-related questions during and after the event.

This session is intended for businesses interested in working with schools who participate in the USDA National School Lunch Program. Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) – School Nutrition Team (SNT) will provide an overview of how procurements are conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the state agency, DPI SNT (in collaboration with DOA), and at the local school level. Since school food service purchases are made at various levels within the supply chain, including national, regional, and local levels, we will discuss the requirements and types of products and services commonly purchased by school food service and the contracting process. The presentation will also cover the Wisconsin Local Food for Schools (WI LFS) Program, which targets involvement from small and/or socially disadvantaged businesses to expand the local supply chain.

WPI Staff:

  • Benjamin Blanc, Government Contract Specialist
  • Tru Mwololo, Manager, Small Business Programs
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Upcoming Government

Certification Workshop

November 30

MATC Goodman-South Campus

2429 Perry Street, Madison, WI 53713

Are you a Minority, Disadvantaged, Small, Women, or Veteran owned or HUBZone located business? Join to learn about what certifications your business may qualify for and how these certifications could help you gain a competitive edge in the government marketplace.

To reserve your seat:

Tru Mwololo: | (414) 712-0231

December 5

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The December 5 TCA will focus on federal government opportunities. Sessions will explore best practices in business development and market research, as well as how to leverage various types of business partnerships, including Mentor-Protégé programs, joint ventures, and subcontracting. Additionally, sessions will feature discussions on opportunities, buying practices, selection criteria, and priorities with representatives from federal government agencies and federal prime contractors.

Topics include:

  • Before You Compete – Know Your Market – Leveraging FPDS and USASpending for Market Research
  • Small Business Subcontracting & Teaming: Risks and Opportunities
  • Business Development in the Federal Market – Identifying GOOD Opportunities and Winning the Contract
  • Doing Business with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)
  • … More to follow

Confirmed Speakers include:

  • Jon Ferguson, Business Opportunity Specialist, Office of Small Business Programs, DLA Land and Maritime, Columbus, OH
  • Marc Violante, Director, Federal Market Strategies, WPI
  • Megan McKinney, Director of Strategic Development, Ictect, Inc.
  • Samuel W. Jack, Of Counsel Dempsey Law Firm, LLP
  • Susan Leith, PG, CPSM, Marketing Director, Ayres Associates Inc.
  • Suzanne Ferris, Engineering Market Strategist, HGA Architects and Engineers
  • … additional speakers to be confirmed soon

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.

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December 6-7

Baird Center

400 W. Wisconsin Ave. | Milwaukee, WI 53203

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

List of Confirmed Buyers
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Evening FAR Sessions Return January 2024

The Wisconsin Procurement Institute (WPI) and the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) – Wisconsin Chapter present the webinar series, “11th Annual FAR Evening Webinar and Study Sessions.” This 8 part series is designed specifically for current Federal contractors. In addition, these sessions will help you prepare for the NCMA CFCM certification exam. All sessions run from 6:00 – 7:30 PM and qualify for 1.5 CPE credit.

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