The Times West Virginian

March 28, 2013

Small businesses thinking big

DyNet conference designed to help break down barriers

By Jessica Borders
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — The “Dynamic Networking for Small Business” conference was a chance for small businesses to learn and become stronger.

This federal and prime government contracting event took place Wednesday at the Robert H. Mollohan Research Center in Fairmont’s I-79 Technology Park. This was the fourth year for the day-long regional conference.

The event, called DyNet for short, was hosted by the I-79 Development Council, a multi-county marketing and economic development organization anchored in North Central West Virginia.

“This is exactly the kind of events we do that create networking, that strengthen our companies, that invite companies from outside our region to learn more about us, and to partner,” said Deana Keener, president of the council.

The I-79 Development Council put on the conference in collaboration with the Pittsburgh and Huntington districts of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Small Business Administration’s West Virginia District Office and Office of Government Contracting.

Keener said many individuals came together to create and plan the event, which was offered at no cost to attendees because of the support of many sponsors.

This matchmaking conference was designed for start-up companies interested in learning how to work with the government and small businesses wanting to grow their federal contracting opportunities. The event was also geared toward helping prime contractors market their projects to small businesses and allowed government agencies to discuss the opportunities they have available. In addition, support organizations were on site to help with business processes.

DyNet featured workshops on a variety of topics and a room full of vendors to give participants face-to-face interaction with potential partners and resources.


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