Friday, February 29, 2008

Networking Tools and Events

If you have a small business in the St. Louis area and you are interested in pursuing government contracts... well of course, you can become a MO PTAC client!

But you may also want to consider attending some networking events where government agencies and prime contractors have a presence, such as:

St. Louis Business Networking Breakfast
1st Thursday of each month
7:15 AM
JMRJ Catering
2800 Olive St. (Heritage House Apartments cafeteria)
Cost: $10

This is one of the premier networking events for small, women owned, and minority businesses in St. Louis: A great environment to network, ask questions, and conduct one-to-one meetings before and after informative presentations.

Contact Andrea Johnson ( by noon the Wednesday before the luncheon to sign up to introduce your business with a 2-minute presentation to the group.

AFCEA (Air Force Communications and Electronics Association) Scott-St. Louis Chapter Small Business Committee

AFCEA Scott-St. Louis Chapter is the local affiliate of AFCEA International, which describes itself as "a non-profit membership association serving the military, government, industry, and academia as an ethical forum for advancing professional knowledge and relationships in the fields of communications, IT, intelligence, and global security."

The local chapter holds a monthly luncheon, usually on-base at the Scott Club at Scott AFB, IL, attended by prime contractors, military officers and enlisted, civilian government officials, and of course, small business!

The small business committee usually meets in a room off the side of the banquet hall, immediately after the luncheon. If you are interested in the Federal/Defense IT market, it is the place to be.