Ponca City companies shine at Indian Country Business Summit
PONCA CITY, Okla. — The 2015 Indian Country Business Summit (ICBS) Diversity in Government Contracting Conference in Norman this week gave Ponca City companies access to new business opportunities with government agencies, prime contractors and Native American tribes that are diversifying their vendor bases.
Government contracting is a term used for many types of contracts and awards associated with governments: U.S. government, U.S. Department of Defense, Tribal Governments, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and several support groups. One of these support groups includes Ponca City’s Career Technology campus Pioneer Technology Center. Pioneer Tech is part of the Oklahoma Bid Assistance Network (OBAN) and assists companies wanting to traverse the waters of government contracts.
Attendees enjoyed training on the government contract opportunities available plus speed dating for face time with these government contractors, asking questions and hammering out details.
Karen and Larry Nixon own Nixon Excavating, a locally owned and woman-owned business.
“We learned a lot attending this,” Larry Nixon said. “It was well worth the time away from Ponca to ask questions and meet the presenters and get to ask questions to people who have answers and who really know how this all works.”
Meneely Wildlife Control’s owners, Vence and Sonya Meneely, were happily surprised by the amount of face-to-face networking opportunities.
“We have been gratified by the need for our services in Ponca City, the north central Oklahoma and southern Kansas. Government contracting opens up a whole new market for us as a women-owned business,” Sonya Meneely said.
Dawn Brakey is Ponca City’s OBAN coordinator at Pioneer Tech. She is also the Plan Room Coordinator which supplies new construction information for Oklahoma and Kansas to contractors in Kay County. Brakey is available for consultation and assistance to small businesses wanting to pursue government contracting, especially those in niche business areas such as these represented here.
“Parker Pest Control is a good example of a niche business whose services are hard to find in the government contracting world,” Brakey said. “I was really excited when we got them through the initial government contracting paperwork and now they are here at the conference building up those contacts for future contract submittals.
“This type of conference is very important for small businesses to tell their story, to give their ‘elevator speech’ and get the information they need to succeed,” Brakey continued. “Next year, I hope we have twice as many Ponca City and Kay County companies participating in this conference — either as interested in learning more about government contracting or newly registered and hungry for contracts.”
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