ACC co-hosts small business partner conference May 24





Austin Community College, the City of Austin, Travis County, and Austin Independent School District are partnering to offer a one-day conference for small businesses interested in working with government agencies. The event is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, at ACC Highland Campus (6101 Airport Blvd.).

“Building Connections in Central Texas” features sessions on government certification and procurement processes as well as opportunities for businesses to connect with agencies seeking contact help.

“ACC and AISD share a commitment with the city and the county to promoting economic growth and strong communities,” says Neil Vickers ACC executive vice president of finance & administration. “This conference will provide information and resources that can give small businesses a leg up as they grow and compete.”

Austin Mayor Steve Adler has proclaimed May 24 “Building Connections in Central Texas Day”


Marvin Carolina, vice president and corporate director of diversity for JE Dunn Construction, is keynote speaker. Also scheduled to give remarks are Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Austin ISD Superintendent Dr. Paul Cruz, Austin ISD Board of Trustees President Kendall Pace, Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt, Travis County Commissioner Jeffrey Travillion, and Dr. Molly Beth Malcolm, ACC vice president of community engagement and public affairs.

Panel discussions and breakout sessions will cover certification basics, access to funding, and successful procurement relationships. Attendees will have a chance to visit with vendor exhibitors and attend a networking reception. Representatives from ACC’s Purchasing Office will be available to provide information specific to ACC procurement processes.

Organizers plan to offer the conference annually along with quarterly training and technical-assistance events.

Admission is free. Register to attend at Central Texas Small Business Partnership Conference. For more information call 512-974-7677 or email [email protected]

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