More than a thousand individuals from 500 companies are registered to attend a summit Thursday (1/29) in Riverside where they will meet directly with purchasing agents from the military and other government agencies.
The International Southern California Procurement Summit is being facilitated by the Economic Development Agency of Riverside County in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration. It provides an opportunity for companies in Riverside County to pre-set appointments with military agencies and defense contractors to explore opportunities for contracting and providing services.
“There has never been an event quite like this,” said Marion Ashley, chairman of the county Board of Supervisors. “We hope the targeted, direct access will benefit participating companies and agencies.”
At the direction of the county supervisors, EDA mobilized its Office of Military and Defense Services in concert with the Office of Foreign Trade to help companies in Riverside County do more business with the Department of Defense and to expand business export opportunities overseas.
“This summit is designed to serve both missions,” said EDA Director Rob Field.
Participating military buyers include Fort Irwin, Naval Weapons Center in Corona, Port Hueneme, L.A. Air Force and March Air Reserve bases, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, and Edwards Air Force Base. Military contractors such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Northrop Grumman also will have buyers present. Over 80 exhibiting companies will be supporting the summit.
The event is scheduled to run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Riverside Convention Center. For more event information, got to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/international-socal-procurement-summit-tickets-13855428961.