Conference Of Mayors Small Business Program, Partner America™
May 15, 2000
On April 25, the City of
Atlanta and Mayor Bill Campbell hosted the first US Conference of Mayors
Partner America™ small business conference in conjunction with the 3rd Annual
One-Stop-Capital Shop (AOSC) Small Business Expo at the Atlanta Civic Center.
Since opening its doors
for business Atlanta's One Stop Capital Shop has served more than 22,000
clients and helped small businesses build or expand in historically neglected
areas. This annual AOSC event was created to help small businesses grow and
prosper by providing free access to necessary business information, technical
assistance, government and financial resources. At last year's event Mayor
Bill Campbell addressed the importance of small business in the community, "the
hundreds of small neighborhood businesses that provide a vast array of
convenient and friendly services to Atlanta residents [such as] the
neighborhood store is a component of a successful community. Money spent there
is money spent in the community - an important cycle of revitalization."
The event featured remarks
on the Mayor's behalf by his Deputy Chief of Staff Greg Pridgeon, who
commended the Conference for announcing its innovative small business program,
Partner America™. George A. Cloutier, Chairman and CEO, American Management
Services, was invited to speak about the Conference's exciting new small
business initiative, Partner America™ and began by asking the audience how
many of them wanted to make money. Cloutier explained, "If a business owner
is committed to making their business successful and realizing increased
profits, Partner America™ is an excellent resource…our role is to help
businesses achieve all the profits they deserve and take advantage of the
billions of dollars of federal resources earmarked for small business."
Over 1500 Atlanta small
business leaders and entrepreneurs visited the conference. Information about
federal, state, local and private sector resources and programs was available
and specialists were on hand to answer questions.
Denver, CO - USCM
President and Denver Mayor Wellington E. Webb hosted the US Department of
Energy's First Annual Small Business Conference, "Partnering for Fuel Energy
Innovations," and proclaimed April 25-27, 2000, "US Department of Energy and
Prime Contractors' Small Business Conference Days."
included small business awards presented by Secretary of Energy Richardson,
remarks by the Small Business Administration's Administrator Aida Alvarez,
information about conducting business with the Department and its Laboratories
and extensive exhibits and information.
The conference offered
workshops for small business owners, one-on-one consulting, exhibits, and
mentor-protégé sessions, one of the events included on the "Partnerships
for Profit 2000" seven city tour the Conference is cosponsoring with SBA and
Treasury. The two day conference event brought together facility
representatives from the Department of Energy, National Laboratory and small
businesses to discuss opportunities in the industries of science and
technology, environmental quality and energy resources, forecast contracting,
technology transfer and collaborative research opportunities.