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The Small Business Conference Small Businesses Don’t Want to Miss

December 14, 2010 - 3:53pm


Alice Hwang has a lot on her plate. As the CEO and CFO of Advanced Technologies and Laboratories International, Inc. (ATL), a 150 employee technical and management consulting firm located in Germantown, Maryland, Ms. Hwang oversees her company’s budget, manages projects and technical activities, and directs the financial, accounting, human resources, and IT infrastructure needed to keep the company running and growing.

As a small business owner, Ms. Hwang is accustomed to finding creative solutions to address multiple challenges. The small businesses and the entrepreneurs who run them know how to tap into the resources around them to grow and develop their companies. One such resource that Ms. Hwang has been utilizing year after year is the Department of Energy’s Annual Small Business Conference & Expo.

Ms. Hwang explained, “I started attending the Department of Energy’s conference from the very beginning. I go every year to get to know the other players in the Energy Department contracting area, and to find out upcoming procurement opportunities.”

This year, Ms. Hwang will be attending the Energy Department’s 12th Annual Small Business Conference & Expo, on May 10 – 12, 2011, in Kansas City, Missouri. For three days, Ms. Hwang and other attendees will meet with DOE prime contractors, DOE representatives, small business program managers, and minority educational institutions, to discuss the ins and outs of doing business with the Department of Energy. Workshops, keynotes, exhibitors, and networking opportunities have kept Ms. Hwang coming back to the conference for nearly eleven years.

Registration for the 12th Annual Conference & Expo is set to open on December 15. Attendees can expect a packed conference hall. Last year’s attendance was an all-time high, with over 1,500 entrepreneurs, as well as all levels of federal, state, and local government agencies, large/prime contractors, small businesses, minority education institutions and more.

For more information about the conference and to register, please visit the event website:

After you register for the conference, think about Ms. Hwang’s advice: “Take the opportunity to get to know people there, establish some networking. People at the conference are open to meeting new people.” ATL was named the Fiscal Year 2009 Women-Owned Small Business of the Year at last year’s conference, so Ms. Hwang knows a thing or two about success.

Bill Valdez is the Acting Director of the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity.