About the Conference

The FREE Access to Success (A2S) Small Business National Virtual Conference is open for any small business looking to grow and expand by working directly with HHS. This virtual interactive conference will feature experts, including HHS Senior Leadership, HHS Heads of Contracting Activity, HHS Small Business Specialists, SBA Regional Offices, Small Business Resource Partners, Large Prime Contractors, and Small Businesses from across the nation.

Each year, HHS awards close to $9.4 billion to small businesses to meet continuous product and service needs to enhance the health and well-being of all Americans. HHS’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) works directly with small businesses to help them successfully compete for and win federal contracts. Small businesses will learn precisely what’s needed to work with the government through this dynamic three-day conference of panels, breakout sessions, speeches, and matchmaking. HHS offers a variety of small business contracts across industries, including information and technology, construction, marketing, professional services, research and development, and many others.

If you own a small business and want to grow through government contracts, this conference is for you.

Participating Agencies and Primes: GSA, SBA, Verizon, AT&T, General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman, SAIC, RTI, and many others.

Visit this page frequently for conference updates on speakers, the agenda, and matchmaking.

Matchmaking is opened now. Click HERE to register.


Agenda

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TIME
PRESENTERS SESSION TITLE
9:00 AM

Welcome & National Anthem

9:15 AM

Opening Remarks

Andrea Palm
Deputy Secretary
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

9:30 AM
Government & Industry Plenary Session 1

Shannon Jackson
Executive Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The State of HHS OSDBU
10:00 AM 15 Minute Break
10:15 AM
Government & Industry Plenary Session 2

Bibi Hidalgo
Associate Administrator, Office of Government Contracting & Business Development
U.S. Small Business Administration

Small Business Policy Updates
10:45 AM 45 Minute Lunch Break and Exhibit Hall
11:30 AM
Government Workshop Track
Marketing Strategies to Win
(Targeted Audience: Government)
Utilizing Technology and Innovation in Government Contracting
(Targeted Audience: Government)
Industry Workshop Track
Reaching Federal Grant Success through Experts
(Targeted Audience: Industry)
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Updates
(Targeted Audience: Industry)
12:30 PM 15 Minute Break
12:45 PM
Government Workshop Track
Risky Business:
How to Avoid Suspension & Debarment
(Targeted Audience: Government)
Making the Grade:
Exercising Oversight and Controls in Subcontracting
(Targeted Audience: Government)
Industry Workshop Track
Partnering with a Large Business for the Win
(Targeted Audience: Industry)
Advancing Equity
Opportunities for HBCUs
(Targeted Audience: Industry)
1:45 PM 15 Minute Break
2:00 PM
Government/Industry Workshop
Category Management
(Targeted Audience: Government/Industry)
Small Business Certifications
8(a), WOSB, HUBZone, SDVOSB
(Targeted Audience: Government/Industry)
Government/Industry Workshop
GSA Contract Vehicles Overview
GWAC, OASIS, Polaris, SEWP, 8(a) Stars
(Targeted Audience: Government/Industry)
Strategies for Teaming
Joint Venture Relationships,
All Mentor Protege Relationships
(Targeted Audience: Government/Industry)
3:00 PM 15 Minute Break
3:15 PM
Industry Workshop
Indian Health Service Buy Indian Act New Rule
(Targeted Audience: Industry)
Government/Industry Workshop
SBIR STTR
(Targeted Audience: Government/Industry)
NITAAC
(Targeted Audience: Government/Industry)
SBA Legislative Updates
(Targeted Audience: Government/Industry)
4:15 PM Exhibit Hall
5:15 PM Day 1 Closes
TIME
PRESENTERS SESSION TITLE
9:00 AM

Welcome, Opening Remarks

Shannon Jackson
Executive Director, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

9:15 AM

Karl Mathias
Chief Information Officer
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

La Monte Yarborough
Acting Chief Information Security Officer
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Government Plenary Session
Impact of Cyber Security on the Industrial Base
9:45 AM 15 Minute Break
10:00 AM
Heads of Contracting Activity OSDBU Town Hall
11:00 AM 60 Minute Lunch Break and Exhibit Hall
12:00 PM
Government Workshop Track
Identifying Qualified ISBEEs & IEEs
"Beyond a Sources Sought Notice"
(Targeted Audience: Government)
SBA’s Office of Government Contracting – Focusing on Surveillance Reviews, Subcontracting, Certificates of Competency, Size and the Non-Manufacturer Rule
(Targeted Audience: Government)
Industry Workshop Track
Preparing for Success with HHS Large Primes
(Targeted Audience: Industry)
Access 2 Capital – Be Ready & Stay Ready
(Targeted Audience: Industry)
1:00 PM 15 Minute Break
1:15 PM
Government Workshop Track
Understanding CPARS
(Targeted Audience: Government)
Sustainable Acquisitions
(Targeted Audience: Government)
Industry Workshop Track
Getting Access and
Now that you Have Access
(Targeted Audience: Industry)
Government/Industry Workshop Track
GSA Advantage
(Targeted Audience: Government/Industry)
2:15 PM 15 Minute Break
2:30 PM
Government/Industry Workshop
A Silver Lining During the Pandemic: How Small Businesses and IHS Partner to Catalyze Innovation
(Targeted Audience: Government/Industry)
The Association Connection
(Targeted Audience: Government/Industry)
Ethics Pertaining to Government Contracting
(Targeted Audience: Government/Industry)
3:30 PM 30 Minute Break and Exhibit Hall
4:00 PM 2022 HHS Small Business Excellence Awards
5:00 PM Day 2 Closes
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Matchmaking

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About Matchmaking

After registering for the conference, you may be eligible to register for Matchmaking with large-business prime contractors and government buyers. These matchmaking sessions are geared to drive small businesses towards real access to real opportunities.

Checking this box indicates your interest in participating in Matchmaking, which will open during on Monday, May 16th. Details will be sent to you when it opens. Slots are limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Matchmaking is opened now. Click HERE to register.

Participating Agencies and Primes

GSA
SBA
Verizon
AT&T
General Dynamics
Northrop Grumman
SAIC
RTI

Small Business Customer Experience ("SBCX")

Take your first step today by clicking the link below to register your company with the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization.

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