Need an encore career? Launch a new one as a federal contractor


Along with District 8 U.S. Congressman Bill Posey himself, staffers Patricia Ann Febro, left, Pam Gillespie, David Jackson and Rob Medina will be on hand to connect boomers, seniors and others pursuing government contracts with the right contacts Aug. 2.

Linda Wiggins

District 8 U.S. Congressman Bill Posey will host a Federal Contracting Conference Tuesday, August 2 at the Florida Institute of Technology Denius Student Center, 150 Country Club Drive in Melbourne. This is a chance for government contractors to have one-on-one meetings with procurement representatives from Washington D.C. and throughout Central Florida to explore new contracting opportunities.

Boomers and seniors exploring encore careers as entrepreneurs and existing local businesses that specialize in technology, innovation, defense contracting and services can learn how to navigate the federal procurement process.

“There are many Space Coast businesses that specialize in providing services that are applicable to meeting the needs of federal agencies,” Posey said. “Learning how to navigate the federal procurement process and how to access decision makers within federal agencies helps our local businesses and workers compete.”

Posey will coordinate the event with the 45th Space Wing at Patrick Air Force Base, FAA, GSA, CareerSource Brevard, Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast, NASA, SBA, Small Business Development Center at Eastern Florida State College, Space Florida, SCORE and weVENTURE Powered by Florida Tech.

The agenda includes a keynote address by Posey, Matchmaker meetings and expo presentations by the following: Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce, Greater Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce, Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce, Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce, AE Com, the Boeing Company, CareerSource Brevard, DRS, FL Business & Manufacturing Solutions, Inc., Florida 8(a) Alliance, GCAT, IAP, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Rockwell Collins, Space Coast Women In Defense, Vencore and other local defense contractors.

Networking and a continental breakfast begins at 8 a.m. and the program goes from 9 a.m. to noon, followed by Match Maker appointments from 1 to 5 p.m. Participants will learn about federal contracting, meet procurement representatives, learn about certifications and regulations and hear secrets to success stories.

The conference is free and open to the public. For more information or to register by July 27, go to

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