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2024 GovCon Conference

Unlocking Success: Local, State and Federal Contracting Decoded

Location: Richmond Marriott
500 E Broad St Richmond, VA 23219
Date: April 25, 2024
Time: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Evening Networking Reception:
Wednesday, April 24, 2024 at 6:00 PM
Location: Marriot Hotel Bar

"Where Education Meets Opportunity"

The vision of the Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce GovCon Conference is to empower, educate, and connect small business owners with the essential resources and knowledge needed for success in government contracting. We are dedicated to fostering a thriving ecosystem that promotes growth, innovation, and success for Black-owned businesses in government contracting.

Our initiative is to unite industry leaders, experts, and small business owners region-wide, creating an environment for learning, collaboration, and progression. Through our comprehensive sessions and workshops, we aim to demystify the complexities of government procurement, foster ethical business practices, and pave the way for increased opportunities for diverse businesses within the government sector.

Whether you're interested in learning about contracting, are already contracting, or are a part of a defense agency, there's something valuable for you at the GovCon Conference. Our informative breakout sessions will help amplify your contracting efforts.

GovCon Conference Agenda

We've curated a captivating agenda that you won't want to miss. This event is designed to equip you with the tools and insights you need to navigate the complex world of government procurement successfully. From mastering the art of proposal writing and response strategies to unlocking effective marketing and networking techniques, we have it all covered. We'll explore the wealth of opportunities available for small businesses and explain the certifications that can give you a competitive edge. We also highlight the critical role of cybersecurity in government contracts. Engage in dynamic panel discussions led by industry experts and participate in interactive Q&A sessions to gain strategic planning insights and understand the key drivers for success in this competitive landscape. Join us and unlock new heights of success at the GovCon Conference.

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM

  • Registration & Breakfast

8:45 AM - 9:00 AM

  • Welcome Address

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

  • Keynote: William Randolph, Founder & CEO of Think Acquisition - The 6C's of Government Contracting

Morning Break-out Sessions

  • Room 1: Navigating the Federal Contracting Landscape
  • Room 2: Navigating the Local & State Landscape
  • Room 3: Cybersecurity in Government Contracting
  • Room 4: Business Financing & Access to Capital

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM: Main Ballroom

  • Fireside Chat: Ron Busby Sr., President & CEO of the U.S. Black Chambers of Commerce


  • Plated Lunch & Success Stories

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

  • Keynote: Guy Timberlake, CEO & Co-Founder of The American Small Business Coalition- 7 Habits for Winning Federal Contracts

Afternoon Break-out Sessions

  • Room 1: Socioeconomic Programs
  • Room 2: Marketing & Networking Strategies (Teaming)
  • Room 3: SWaM Certification Lab

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM: Main Ballroom

  • Business Roundtable - Crafting A Winning Proposal

*The times listed above are subject to slight changes

Welcome Our Speakers

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Quinn Conyers

Quinn Conyers

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Ron Busby Executive Headshot 2023

Ron Busby Sr. 

President & CEO, U.S. Black Chambers of Commerce


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William Randolph - Think Acquisition

William Randolph

Founder & CEO, Think Acquisition
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Go-To-Guy Timberlake | Chief Visionary, CEO & Co-Founder The American Small Business Coalition

Guy Timberlake

CEO & Co-Founder, The American Small Business Coalition
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Morgan Tapo

Morgan M. Tapp

Alfranda “Al” Durr President & CEO ALD & Associates LLC

MICHELE MCCOY, Procurement Counselor

Michelle McCoy

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Leisel Collins

Kim Pritchett, eVA Marketing & Outreach Manager

Kim Pritchett

eProcurement Bureau at Commonwealth of Virginia, eVA
Shirley Crawford Women's Business Center RVA

Shirley Crawford

CoFounder & Executive Director Women's Business Center RVA
Verniece Love. SBSD.

Verniece Love


Asaad Morman

Renata C. Spinks – CEO of CyberSec International

Renata C. Spinks

CEO of CyberSec International
Gavriel Legynd Ph.D CEO - Visioneer IT

Gavriel Legynd Ph.D

Terrance Rogers Virginia Small Business Financing Authority

Terrance Rogers

Sharon Anderson-Grooms |Capital Access Manager Metropolitan Business League

Sharon Anderson-Grooms

Capital Access Manager, Metropolitan Business League

Aaron Rice Fulton Bank

Aaron Rice

Vice President Commercial Relationship Manager, Fulton Bank

Ebonie Atkins Henrico County Economic Development

Ebonie Atkins

Managing Director, Henrico Economic Development

Shekela Hutchinson - Hutchinson Faithful Enterprises

Shekela Hutchinson

Founder & CEO, Hutchinson Faithful Enterprises,
Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce Board of Director

Ideia Sutton

Ideia Sutton

The Amalgamation Kristin Williams

Kristin Williams

Dolores Kuchina-Musina, Ph.D. Chief Disruptor, REXOTA Solutions, LLC

Dolores Kuchina-Musina

Kevin Wayne Johnson Founder & Chief Executive Officer - The Johnson Leadership Group, LLC

Kevin Wayne Johnson

Ryn (Kathryn) Bennett, CPSM

Kathryn Bennett (Ryn), CPSM

Randolph Brown

Randy M. Brown M.A.

Annette Ross Henrico County

Annette Ross

Tami Mullen Intuitvegrp

Tami Mullen

Tracy Argondona Guidehouse

Tracy Argandona

Tommy L Marks Minority Business Development Agency Business Center

Tommy L. Marks

Our GovCon Conference Sponsors &

Strategic Partners

Becoming a sponsor for our 2024 GovCon Conference is about supporting a great event and aligning your brand with a mission-driven organization that seeks to empower and uplift our local business community. It's an opportunity to showcase your commitment to economic growth, diversity, and unity.

As a sponsor, you will have the unique opportunity to connect with industry leaders, potential clients, and partners while gaining significant exposure through our various marketing channels. Your support will contribute directly to making this event a transformative experience for all attendees, providing them with valuable insights and resources.

By sponsoring, you're not just investing in an event; you're investing in the future of our thriving business community.

Ready to make a positive impact and gain unparalleled exposure? Click the liknk below to learn more about becoming a sponsor or to view our sponsorship packages. We look forward to partnering with you for the 2024 GovCon Conference!

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