The Times West Virginian

March 22, 2013

Strengthening companies is conference’s goal

‘Dynamic Networking for Small Business’ scheduled March 27

By Jessica Borders
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — An upcoming conference is aimed at increasing the knowledge and capabilities of small companies and helping them succeed.

“Dynamic Networking for Small Business,” a federal and prime government contracting event, will take place Wednesday, March 27, at the Robert H. Mollohan Research Center, located in Fairmont’s I-79 Technology Park. The regional conference, in its fourth year, will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and there is no cost to attend.

The I-79 Development Council is hosting the event, called DyNet for short, 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.

This one-day, matchmaking conference is free for everyone — and includes lunch — because of the support of many sponsors, said Deana Keener, president of the I-79 Development Council.

“It’s just a huge collaborative effort of everybody pulling together to strengthen the companies,” she said. “We’re just really pleased and excited to be able to have this opportunity for the companies.”

Keener explained that DyNet is designed for start-up companies that are interested in learning how to work with the government and small businesses that want to grow their federal contracting opportunities. In addition, the event is for prime contractors that need to market their projects to small businesses.


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