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Event to focus on government contracts


NASHUA - Small business owners from across New Hampshire will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one next month with large government contractors, which, even at a time of budget cutbacks, still need goods and services, according to David Pease, program manager for the New Hampshire Procurement Technical Assistance Program.

The 2014 N.H. Small Business Matchmaker will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Thursday, March 13, and is hosted by Rivier University, with contributing support from BAE Systems, which is also an exhibitor.

BAE is among the more than 30 prime contractors expected, including the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the New Hampshire National Guard and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

"For businesses that have products and services the government needs and wants, it is always a good time to pursue a contract," Pease said. "It is a particularly good time now if you have a product or service that can save money, while meeting an established need."

Government purchasing is a $2 billion market in the state, and the NH-PTAP assists about 900 companies, of all sizes, doing business with the government and agencies that are prime contractors for government.

The March 13 Business Matchmaker is the only one scheduled this year.

Registration is $50, including lunch, online at NHSBDC.org. For more information, call Heidi Edwards Dunn at the N.H. Small Business Development Center, 271-0417.

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