Arlington SBDC Cosponsors Conference on Iraq Reconstruction

Posted: June 16, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Amy Biderman

The Arlington Small Business Development Center (SBDC), part of the Mason Enterprise Center, cosponsors “Opportunities for Subcontracting in Iraq” today from 8 a.m. to noon at Mason’s Arlington Campus, Original Building, Room 244. The conference is geared toward small businesses that can assist with the Iraq reconstruction effort, particularly those providing services in engineering and construction, basic materials, transportation/

logistics, information technology, financial services, consumer goods and basic manufacturing, communication, and security.

Sessions will provide an overview of the Iraq reconstruction effort, subcontracting opportunities, insurance coverage for people doing business in Iraq, and the free services available from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Arlington SBDC. In addition, participants will have an opportunity to network with the Department of Commerce Iraq Reconstruction Task Force. The keynote speaker is Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.).

“Officially, small businesses are supposed to receive 10 to 23 percent of the Iraq reconstruction contracts,” says Nalin Jain, Arlington SBDC director. “Iraq’s economy needs to reconstructed. Its infrastructure needs practically everything to rebuild the economy from the ground up.”

Stanley Taylor, vice president, Arlington Campus, says the conference will create matchmaking opportunities and provide a boost to the small businesses in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

Other conference sponsors include the U.S. Department of Commerce, the SBA, the Virginia Taskforce for Business Development with Iraq, the Business Development Assistance Group, and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, contact Jain at 703-993-8132 or njain@gmu.edu.

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