The Midwest Small Business Government Contracting Symposium coming up May 24-25 is your opportunity to get connected with potential contracting opportunities through the Department of Defense. The Quad Cities region is among the nation’s top ten advanced metals and materials market, as well home to the Rock Island Arsenal, the nation’s largest government-owned and operated arsenal. All of this means that our region is heavily impacted by defense industry spending.

The Quad Cities Chamber is proud to once again be the presenting sponsor of this event, this year in partnership with the Illinois Defense Industry Adjustment (DIA) program.

What to expect:

• Learn about major buying activities coming up at the Rock Island Arsenal, as well as steps businesses need to take in order to become a DoD contractor. 
• Hear from the Chamber’s Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub about how technological change facing the defense supply chain will impact their future and what can be done about it now.
• Learn about services and programs that already exist for businesses to take advantage of both locally and state-wide through the Illinois Defense Industry Adjustment Program and the Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub.
• Hear from representatives at the Illinois DIA program about the importance of market diversification, and steps defense contractors can take today to ensure they are diversified. 
• Network and connect with prime contractors and key government contracting stakeholders.
• Interact with area resource organizations including the Small Business Administration, Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC), SCORE, and the Quad Cities Chamber.

Register here.

(Disclaimer language: This content was prepared as part of the Illinois Defense Industry Adjustment Program, a partnership between the University of Illinois System, the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, and the Voorhees Center at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC), with financial support from the U.S. Department of Defense, Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA).  It reflects the views of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce and does not necessarily reflect the views of the OEA. For more information, please visit 

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