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Tuesday, September 20, 2022 from 8:30am - 11:30am CST Norris Conference Center - Austin, Texas

Connections to Contracts - Austin

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Signature Procurement Event

Connecting WBEs and Corporations
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Connections to Contracts is a procurement-focused event connecting women-owned businesses with corporations and each other. It features a networking breakfast, corporate roundtable procurement discussions, and a panel discussion on resources available to small businesses.
All are welcome to attend.

The goal of this event is to provide access to business opportunities between our members that eventually lead to contracts, therefore helping women-owned businesses achieve parity.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact WBCS Senior Director of Programs, Elizabeth Garner.

Complimentary self-parking

The evening before the event, September 19, a discounted room block is available at the Westin at The Domain. Our discounted price is $239 plus tax. To reserve a room, click here or call (512) 832-4197 and let them know you're with the Women's Business Council - Southwest. The reservation deadline is Thursday, September 8 at 5:00 pm CST.

Corporate Roundtable Discussions (attendees choose 3 tables to visit)
A corporate representative leads WBEs in a discussion on his or her company’s procurement process and shares insights on how potential suppliers can differentiate themselves.

How It Works

There are roundtables of 5. One seat is for the corporate member host; the other seats are for WBEs interested in learning about that company’s procurement process. WBE seats are open on a first-come, first-served basis.

Corporate members stay at their table. WBEs rotate and have the opportunity to visit a total of three tables.

Each discussion is 20 minutes followed by a 5 minute transition.
  • 9:10 - 9:30 ... Discussion round 1
  • 9:30 - 9:35 ... Transition
  • 9:35 - 9:55 ... Discussion round 2
  • 9:55 - 10:00 ... Transition
  • 10:00 - 10:20 ... Discussion round 3

List of Roundtable Hosts (as of 9-8-22)

American Airlines
Austin ISD

BNSF Railway
Dell Technologies

Vistra Corp

Panel Discussion
This features panelists from HUB, PTAC , and SBA who will discuss how small businesses can best utilize the resources they have available for growth.

Capability Statement Review
If you would like our Encore Council to review your capability statement and provide complimentary feedback the week before the event, email your statement to Elizabeth Garner by Friday, September 9.
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Maya Ingram
Statewide HUB Program Manager
State of Texas

With over 14 years of state service and 23 years of legislative and consulting services, Maya Ingram, as the current Manager of the Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program at the Comptroller of Public Accounts, leads the program in education, outreach, and small business certifications to build new procurement partnerships between the state entities and the certified HUBs.

Maya attended the University of Texas at Austin and has furthered her skills through continuing education and certification programs in Public Communication and Issues Management through the UT School of Public Affairs Professional Development Programs; and maintains her State Procurement and Contract Development (CTCD) Certification. She manages the family working ranch as a side gig and considers her family to be her greatest joy but adds her tractor, 8 grandchildren, 6 horses, and 4 dogs keep her young.

Sheena Little
Deputy Director, Area V, Office of Government Contracting
U.S. Small Business Administration

Ms. Sheena Little is the Deputy Area Director, U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Government Contracting, Area V.  In this capacity, she manages a team of small business advocates to ensure small business program compliance for federal buying activities in the eleven states encompassing SBA’s Regions 6 and 8 (TX, NM, AR, LA, OK, ND, SD, MT, CO, WY, and UT).

Ms. Little has over 34 years of federal service with the latter 23 being in the acquisition career field. She has a Masters in Human Relations, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and Associates of Science in Office Administration. She is a member of the National Contract Management Association (NCMA)-Alamo Chapter where she is the Treasurer of the local chapter.  Her professional certifications include Acquisition Professional Development Program (APDP) Level III in Contracting, and Certified Federal Contracts Manager (CFCM) with the NCMA.

Curtis Mohler
Regional Program Manager
Procurement Technical Assistance Center

Curtis Graham Mohler is a twenty year Navy Veteran who has served in several management capacities including NJROTC Administrative & Budget Manager, Human Resources Recruiter, Combat Communications Instructor, Warfare Coordinator, and NCIS Direct Special Agent Support. In 2006, Curtis served as a Senior Defense Management Consultant, Director of Business Development – U.S. West Operations responsible for managing and implementing the Saber-Diamond Business Plan specifically targeted to develop, capture, expand, and manage new business opportunities for a Fortune 500 Global Defense Contractor client in support of 20 commercial small businesses encompassing 27 states and over 1,000 personnel.

In 2011, Curtis served as a Senior Business Development Specialist Counselor at the UTSA, Small Business Development Center, Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) and managed the Veterans Assistance Services Program (VASP) and Chase Veterans Business Development Programs providing free business counseling services to veteran entrepreneur clients specializing in start-ups, development, operations, certifications, management, government contracting, and long-term expansion. Curtis then transitioned, serving under the UTSA PTAC, providing assistance to small business owners in the areas of advanced government contracting, training, and expansion.

Curtis now serves as the PTAC Regional Program Manager managing a 42 county area assisting small business owners to expand their opportunities to local, state, and federal markets providing advanced government contracting business services under the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) program.

Curtis is a federally certified VA Counselor for CVE Certifications, Certified Business Advisor (CBA), and certified GSA Schedules preparer with Georgia Tech University. Curtis is a graduate of Wayland Baptist University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Education (BSOE) degree with a major in Management, and Master of Arts (MAM) degree in Organizational Management. Curtis has been awarded the Small Business Administration (SBA) Veteran Champion of the Year (2014) for his superior leadership and service to veterans in support of the Chase Veteran Business Development grant. Curtis was awarded as the UTSA IED Service Award Winner (2018) for his superior service and performance in support of local, state, and federal government contracting efforts supporting the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) grant. Curtis has also been awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (6 awards), and Military Outstanding Voluntary Service Medal (MOVSM). Curtis also has earned the designations of Navy Human Resources Recruiter (NEC 9585) and Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist (SCW).

Curtis has been married to Mrs. Julieta Esteban Mohler for 31 years, and they have three children, Shauna Nichole, Justin Curtis, and Danielle Renee’, as well as four grandchildren.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2022
8:30 am - 9:00 am
Networking and Continental Breakfast
9:00 am - 9:10 am
9:10 am - 10:20 am
Corporate Roundtable Discussions
10:20 am - 11:05 am
Panel Discussion
11:05 am - 11:30 am

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This event is open to everyone.

There are several admission options to meet your needs.

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Available through Tuesday, September 13

$10 more on-site

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Last day to sponsor is Friday, September 9

Each sponsorship level includes event admissions and branding. Contact Lindsay Pittard at lpittard@wbcsouthwest.org to secure a sponsorship. Review options in our 2022 sponsorship catalog




Available through Tuesday, September 13

$10 more on-site

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Registrant List

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# A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Company First Name Last Name
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11th DimensionArveenKohli
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Absolute Facility Solutions, LLCMichelleRay
Adisa CommunicationsShurondaRobinson
American AirlinesPreetiHarder
Assured Quality SystemsPaulinaSandoval
Assured Quality SystemsBrittanyStovall
Austin Independent School District HUBLatoyaEdwards
Austin ISDDinitaCaldwell
Austin ISDMasonCrenshaw
Austin ISDGeraldGreen
Austin ISDCatherineMartinez
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Blender Strategic MarketingEricaHollis
BNSF RailwayLeigh AnnVernon
Bright LittlesTara MikoBallentine
Brio Leadership, an EOS Implementer CompanyKRISTINROBERTSON
Bullseye Database MarketingDeborah KobeNorris
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CESCO, Inc. IT Equipment, Software Solutions, Supplies Sales & ServicesBillieBryant Schultz
CFJ ManufacturingSharonEvans
City of DallasJoyceWilliams
CMIT Solutions of Austin SouthwestPunitSingh
Corporate CareMitchBono
CRC GroupPatriciaRodriguez Christian
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Dallas CollegeJeanetteSchutz
Darling PromoEllisaBradley
Darling PromoDeniceFinch
Darling PromoSarahNuhn
Davis Davis & Harmon LLCChanel ChristoffDavis
DFW International AirportSuzanneCruz-Sewell
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ELJ DISTRIBUTIONS LLC DBA Louise's Southern CuisineEllenLee
Energy Utility GroupMelindaZito O'Brien
Event Source Professionals Inc.AustinHall
Event Source Professionals Inc.DaraHall, CMP, CMM
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Fuse Solutions IncJenniferSchaumburg
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Guest of SPIAlexDalton
Guest of SPIBaileyMcDonald
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Harmony SchoolsGinaGregory
Hireteq Solutions Inc.KawalpreetKaur
Hireteq Solutions Inc.ParamjitSingh
Holistic Fluency, LLCAnikaJones
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iBridge GroupJenniferCumpian
ISP CreativeMargieAguilar
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Krasamo Inc.MelissaAmoros
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Laguna Media GroupSilvanaRosero
Lockheed MartinScottDobbs
LuxArmi IndustriesB. NicoleSmith
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Más Talent HRPortiaPortugal
Mutts Franchise LLCMichelleBoggs
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Parenting Aging ParentsKimBarnes
Plant to PlatesManjiriKale
Procurement Technical Assistance CenterCurtisMohler
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RED VELVETBrittanyArrambide
Resolute PRNicoleMorgan, APR
Ricochet Fuel DistributorsJustinGuthrie
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Software Professionals, Inc.ReenaBatra
Southwest Airlines Co.PamelaGlover
Sunset Transportation LLCMax
Sunset Transportation LLCUbahMoallin
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Texas InstrumentsRituVaidya
Treco ServicesDebbie Treviño
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U.S. Small Business AdministrationSheenaLittle
UNITEDCODE, INC.YuliiaRomanova
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V& K Group, LLC dba iFoodservice SupplyBaileyBryan
V& K Group, LLC dba iFoodservice SupplyKimberlyRamos
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White Smiles of SAAlyssaMcGinnis
Winstanley Consultants, LLCPattiWinstanley
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