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Virginia State University’s (VSU) Small Farm Outreach Program Offers Education Sessions to Increase Opportunity for Rural Businesses

In support of Secretary Vilsack’s implementation of President Obama’s agenda to put Americans back to work and create an economy built to last, the Department of Agriculture (USDA) in collaboration with Virginia State University’s (VSU) Small Farm Outreach Program will host Rural Small Business Connections.  This training event will provide small businesses with a series of educational networking sessions and opportunities on how to build capacity and successfully do business with USDA and other Federal agencies.

The Rural Small Business Connections is designed to provide small businesses and small farmer-owned cooperatives with the exposure and insight to increase small business contracting participation with the Federal government.  Conference attendees will have an opportunity to participate in a full day of learning discussions led by program and small business procurement officials from USDA, and other Federal agencies.

The event will be held on Thursday, July 11, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on the campus of VSU at Gateway Dining & Events Center, 2804 Martin Luther King Drive, Petersburg, VA 23806.

There is no fee to participate, however, pre-registration is preferred, with onsite registration available.  To pre-register, please send your request to osdbu.smallbizconf@dm.usda.gov no later than July 5, 2013.

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