March 15, 2014

Boston Herald: Elizabeth Warren eyes fed contracts for small biz

By Jordan Graham

March 15, 2014

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is looking to boost the bottom line of local small businesses by setting them up with federal government contracts.

Warren is hosting a Massachusetts Business Matchmaker event Monday, March 24 at Roxbury Community College for small businesses, government agencies and contractors to identify partnership opportunities.

"We have a lot of terrific small businesses here in Massachusetts, and I want to be sure that every one of them knows about opportunities to work with the federal government-and I want the federal government to know more about our small businesses," Warren said in a statement.

The event is co-sponsored by the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, General Services Administration, Small Business Administration and other federal agencies.

Contracts with federal agencies can be significant opportunities that small businesses might not know about, Warren said.

Doug Lowe, who owns William Lowe and Sons Movers in Charlestown, has gone to similar events in the past, and is counting on drumming up some business with agencies and larger contractors. "This is a great place to meet some of those people," he said.

Doug and his brother, Bill Lowe, have been contracting with the government for 20 years, but Lowe said there is always more business to be found.

"This is an opportunity to (connect) with some of the agencies we aren't currently serving," Lowe said.

Small businesses will be able to meet with government agencies and contractors and market their services.

Lowe hopes to develop some new relationships and said any work he picks up from the event itself would be "a cherry on top."

Many large government contractors, including Raytheon and Rolls Royce, will be on hand. Large contractors, especially construc- tion firms, will often subcontract parts of a job.

The session will also include a talk about the "future of government IT contracting."

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