An annual conference scheduled for Feb. 5 will allow businesses to connect with government agencies for work opportunities.

Hosted by the Central Texas Business Resource Center, the Fort Hood Region Government Vendor Conference will feature vendors and government agencies who are looking for small businesses with which to work, stated a news release from the center.

“We think is incredibly integral that all small businesses learn about what opportunities exist on Fort Hood (and with other government agencies), because it is could be the difference of going bankrupt or going back to work for someone else,” said Aimee Nesse, a business counselor with the center.

Bill Parry, executive director of the Heart of Texas Defense Alliance, is a guest speaker at the conference.

Speakers will provide insight into what is happening on Fort Hood and how to get work from the installation, said Marcus Carr, the center’s director.

Vendor displays and booths will allow attendees to network.

There are a total of 11 break-out sessions on topics from doing business with Fort Hood, Veterans Affairs and the Army and Air Force Exchange Service; to financial options through the Small Business Administration to the Affordable Care Act.

“We are the closest in a three-hour drive with this type of conference,” Carr said. “It is a great opportunity for people in Central Texas to come under one roof to meet and greet and find out how they can do business with each other.”

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