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National Broadcast to Educate Small Businesses on GSA Schedules

October 17, 2002

WASHINGTON (PRNewswire) - The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) today announced its plans to use satellite technology this week to extend the reach of its monthly workshop beyond the Washington, D.C., area.

The satellite broadcast, "How to Become a GSA Schedules Contract Holder," is produced by GSA's Office of Enterprise Development and offers an orientation session for potential vendors. Slated for October 18 at 1:30 p.m. EDT, the session is expected to make it easier for small, disadvantaged, minority, 8(a), Hubzone, veteran and women-owned businesses to understand the bidding process and how to successfully obtain a GSA schedule contract.

"President Bush has instructed Federal agencies to make sure small businesses have access to federal contracting opportunities," said Boyd Rutherford, Associate Administrator for GSA's Office of Enterprise Development. "The GSA schedules program is the preferred procurement vehicle for the Department of Defense and is the most widely used contract vehicle in the federal government. Accordingly, by extending the reach of our workshop, we are taking an important step in meeting the President's directive."

According to GSA, 50 locations across the nation are slated to receive the satellite signal as host/viewing sites, among them Federal buildings, colleges, universities and county extension offices. GSA will also present a taped broadcast October 19 in Los Angeles during the 23rd annual National Convention and Business Expo sponsored by the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Covering a vast array of commercial items -- from office supplies and copier paper to systems furniture, computers and laboratory equipment as well as services ranging from accounting to graphic design to landscaping -- GSA's Federal Supply Service operates the Multiple Award Schedule Program for all Federal government agencies to use as a streamlined procurement vehicle.

The schedules closely mirror commercial buying practices and provide customers with
literally millions of state-of-the-art high-quality commercial services and products at volume discount pricing on a direct delivery basis.

OED serves as GSA's advocate for small business. As such, its mission is to engage in strategies that provide opportunities for small business in government contracting.

GSA is a centralized federal procurement and property management agency created by Congress to improve government efficiency and help federal agencies better serve the public. It acquires, on behalf of federal agencies, office space, equipment, telecommunications, information technology, supplies and services.

GSA provides services and solutions for the office operations of over 1 million federal workers located in 8,300 government-owned and leased buildings in 1,600 U.S. communities.

Nationwide Satellite Broadcast Sites

*October 18, 2002 Locations:

NEW ENGLAND REGION: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr., Federal Building
10 Causeway Street, First Floor Auditorium, 1st Floor
Boston, MA 02222
To register, contact: Deborah Tarleton, (617) 565-8100

NORTHEAST CARIBBEAN REGION: New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands.

General Services Administration
26 Federal Plaza, 6th Floor Conference Center
New York, NY 10278
To register, contact: Janice Bracey, (212) 264-1234

Lehman College/City University of NY
Information Technology Center, Carman Hall, Room 141
250 Bedford Park Boulevard West
Bronx, NY 10468
To register, contact: Dina Terry, (718) 732-7537

LaGuardia Community College
Procurement Technical Assistance Center, 31-10 Thomson Avenue, Room M419
Long Island City, NY 11101
To register, contact: Ben Hunt, (718) 482-5306

Puerto Rico MBOC
Economic Development Bank
638 Aldebaran Street, Corner Pinero Avenue
San Juan, PR
To register, contact: Miriam Martinez, (787) 641-4300, Ext. 1301

MID-ATLANTIC REGION: Delaware, Maryland and Virginia (except District of Columbia metropolitan area), Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

The Wanamaker Building
100 Penn Square East, Room 818 and 857
Philadelphia, PA 19107
To register, contact: Helena Koch, (215) 656-5525

Southwest Virginia Community College Procurement Technical Assistance Center
Russell Hall, Room 206
P. O. Box SVCC, US Route 19
Richlands, VA 24641
To register, contact: Carolyn Alley, (276) 964-7537 or Glenda Carver, (276) 964-7334

Baltimore City Community College
To register, contact: Harvey Smith, (410) 462-7701

Morgan State University
Banneker Building, Room 303
1700 Cold Spring Lane
Baltimore, MD 21239
To register, contact: Shawn Wheeler, (410) 506-0990

Allegany College of Maryland
Cumberland, MD 21502
To register, contact: Myra Kidd, (301) 797-6043

Hagerstown Community College
Hagerstown, MD 21740
To register, contact: Myra Kidd, (301) 797-6043

Carroll Community College
1601 Washington Road
Westminster, MD 21157
To register, contact Myra Kidd, (301) 797-6043

Garrett Community College
McHenry, MD
To register, contact Myra Kidd, (301) 797-6043
College of Southern Maryland
LaPlata Campus
Business and Industry Building, Room B1-113
8730 Mitchell Road
LaPlata, MD 20646
To register, contact: Danita Boochaisri, (301) 934-7585

U.S. Department of Energy
National Energy Technology Laboratory
3610 Collins Ferry Road
Morgantown, WV 26507
To register, contact: Jack Owens, (412) 386-4879

U.S. Department of Energy
National Energy Technology Laboratory
1501 Wallace Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15326
To register, contact: Jack Owens, (412) 386-4879

SOUTHEAST SUNBELT REGION: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Georgia State University
Urban Life Center, Room 302
Atlanta, GA
To register, contact: Allen Washington, (404) 651-3550

Southeast Community College
1300 Chichester Avenue
Middlesboro, KY
To register, contact: John Moore, (606) 242-2145, Ext. 2034

University of Kentucky
William T. Young Library, Room B-110
Lexington, KY
To register, contact: or (800) 838-3266

University of Tennessee
Center for Government Training Conference Room
193 Polk Avenue, Suite C
Nashville, TN 37210
To register, contact: (888) 615-7497 or (615) 532-8657

University of Mississippi
Tupelo Advanced Education Center
1918 Briar Ridge Road
Tupelo, MS
To register, contact: Lynn Sykes, (662) 915-1291

East Carolina University
300 East First Street
Joyner Library, Room 1426
Greenville, NC
To register, contact: Mariam Ciesielski, (252) 328-6183

University of Tennessee
Center of Government Training Conference Room
193 Polk Avenue, Suite C
Nashville, TN 37210
To register, contact: Virginia Langston, (615) 532-4920 or (888) 615-7497

Alabama A&M University
School of Business
Clyde Foster Multi-Purpose Room
4900 Meridian Street
Huntsville, AL
To register, contact: Kim Vincent, (800)393-4847 or (256)851-5685 or

GREAT LAKES REGION: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Procurement Technical Assistance Center of Ohio at Bowling Green State
University - Toledo
Jerome Library Room 140B
Bowling Green, OH 43403
To register, contact: Richard Archer, (419) 372-9257

Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission Headquarters
9329 State Route 220
Waverly, OH 45690
To register, contact: Kelly Lawhorn, (740) 377-4550

Metcalfe Federal Building
77 W. Jackson Boulevard, Room 328
Chicago, IL 60604
To register, contact: Beverly Coley, (312) 353-1100

Rock Valley College
Woodward Technology Center
3301 North Mulford Road
Rockford, IL 61114
To register, contact: John DiGiacomo, (815) 921-2076

THE HEARTLAND REGION: Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.

General Services Administration
1500 East Bannister Road, Room 1192
Kansas City, MO 64131
To register, contact: Ruby Rice, (816) 926-7203

Missouri Procurement Assistance Center
5988 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, Suite 225
St. Charles, MO 63304
To register, contact: Loren Tucker, (636) 928-3713

Heartland Procurement Technical Assistance Center
Missouri Southern State College - Matthew Hall
3950 E. Newman Road
Joplin, MO
To register, contact: Bernie Franks, (417) 625-9538

GREATER SOUTHWEST REGION: Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma.

5301 Campus Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76119
To register, contact: Rose Jones, (817) 515-4473, Ext. 250 or

>2579 South Loop 289
Suite 210
Lubbock, TX 70423
To register, contact: Otilo Castellano, (806) 745-3973, Ext. 250 or

Bill J. Priest Institute
1402 Corinth Street
Dallas, TX 75215
To register, contact: Katonga Thurman, (214) 860-5889 or

500 University Drive
El Paso, TX 79903
To register, contact: Lizely Madrigal, (915) 566-4066 or

2301 S. University
Little Rock, AR 72204
To register, contact: Delbert Taylor, (501) 671-2393 or

Continuing Education
40 & Hudiburg Drive
Midwest City, OK 73110
To register, contact: Mike Cure, (405) 733-7348 or

ROCKY MOUNTAIN REGION: Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.

GSA, Business Service Center
Denver Federal Center #41, 1st Floor
Remington Arms Room, Kipling & 6th Avenue
Denver, CO 80225
To register, contact: Greg Stock, (303) 236-6023

GSA Customer Service Center
2070 N. Redwood Road
Salt Lake City, UT 84116
To register, contact: Bill Platt, (801) 524-4259

Bismarck State College (BSC)
Vocational Technical Center, Room 234
Bismarck, ND
To register, contact: Pat Gross, (701) 224-5484

University of North Dakota Aerospace
4201 University Avenue
Ryan Hall, Room 207
Grand Forks, ND
To register, contact: Scott Kelly, (701) 777-4665

PACIFIC RIM REGION: Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada.

Phillip Burton Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse
450 Golden Gate Avenue, 5th Floor (Multimedia Room)
San Francisco, CA 94102
To register, contact: Lori Falkenstrom, (415) 522-2700 or

Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building
1301 Clay Street, 3rd Floor Auditorium (North Tower)
Oakland, CA 94612
To register, contact: Lori Falkenstrom, (415) 522-2700 or

University of Reno
900 N. Virginia Street
Getchell Library, Instruction Room (Media Services)
Reno, NV
To register, contact: Lori Falkenstrom, (415) 522-2700 or

4505 Maryland Parkway
CBC, Building B, Room 117
Las Vegas, NV
To register, contact: Lori Falkenstrom, (415) 522-2700 or

Federal Building
300 N. Los Angeles Street, Room 8529
Los Angeles, CA
To register, contact:

NORTHWEST/ARCTIC REGION: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

GSA Northwest/Arctic Region
400 15th Street, SW.
Mt. McKinley Conference Room
Auburn, WA 98001
To register, contact: Sheron Snyder, (253) 931-7956

NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION: District of Columbia, Nearby Maryland and Virginia.

GSA, National Capital Region
Regional Office Building
7th & D Streets, SW., Auditorium
Washington, DC 20407
To register, contact: Shaunta Johnson, (202) 708-5804 or

George Mason University
Manassas Campus, Verizon Auditorium
10900 University Boulevard
Manassas, VA 20110
To register, contact: Dana Slaughter, (703) 277-2700

Source: Copyright (C) 2002 PR Newswire. All Rights Reserved.

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