December - 9 - 2021 Virtual Symposium Agenda

9:00 a.m. to 9:35 a.m.


Mary Chapman, Director of Policy, Training and Outreach

Jim Barnaby, Deputy Commissioner, State Purchasing Division

Video Commentary/Remarks and Testimonials

Governor Brian P. Kemp, Small Business Readiness Workshop Participants, and Others!

Resources Available for Small Businesses in Georgia

Carolina Ramon, Director of Specialty Programs, UGA SBDC Multicultural Business Division


9:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Being Successful in Submitting your Bid – How to have a Great Response!

Tom Larkin, Contracting Ninja, Gorby Peters

Doing Business with GDOT on State Funded Highway Projects

Carol Phelps, Program Manager, GDOT State Supported Projects

Federal Contracts for Small Businesses

Nancy Cleveland, Procurement & CVE Verification Counselor

Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center

Access to Capital
Non-Traditional Loans

Sandy Headley, Vice President of (ACE), Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs, Inc

Factoring Loans

Bud Crawford, Partner and Co-Founder of Coeur Capital, Inc.


11:55 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Surplus Property for VOSBs, VSOs, and other Businesses

Steve Ekin, Director, DOAS Surplus Division

Registering to do Business with the State of Georgia

Julian Bailey, Communications and Supplier Outreach Manager

DOAS State Purchasing Division

Open Questions

Closing Remarks

Commissioner J. Alexander Atwood, Georgia Department of Administrative Services