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The Women's Business Center of Utah (WBCUtah) and the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) are hosting a half day workshop for minority-owned businesses in need of assistance to start/grow your business, how to obtain financing and how to successfully contract with the government. If you are a woman-owned small business, veteran-owned or minority-owned business, you are invited to come hear from experts in the areas of:
- Writing a Capabilities Statement
- Services offered from the Veterans Business Resource Center
- 8(a) Certification Program
- How to start and grow your business
- Government Contracting
9:00 am to 9:20 am -Networking
9:20 am to 9:30 am - Introduction of all speakers/experts
9:30 am to 10:00 am Overview Session: Government Contracting with Chuck Spence | PTAC
10:00 am to 11:00 am- Breakout Session #1
Workshop #1: Veteran-Owned Small Business | Led by VBRC
Workshop #2: 8 (a) Certification | Led by SBA
Workshop #3: Women-Owned Small Business | Led by WBCUtah
11:15 am to 12 pm Breakout Session #2
Workshop #1: Business Leadership | Led by South Valley Chamber
Workshop #2: ACDBE certification and opportunities at the airport | Procurement and Contract Manager, Cole Hobbs and Raymond Christy
12:05 pm : Wrap Up
Meet Our Speakers
Program Director, Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)
Governor's Office of Economic Development
Chuck Spence has had a long distinguished career in public service for the State of Utah. His last 18 years in business and economic development – his passion! Chuck earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Utah.
Chuck was appointed Director of the Utah Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) in April 2016, where he provides leadership for a statewide program and a staff of ten employees.
Chuck joined the Governor’s Office of Economic Development in February 2005, as the Deputy Director of PTAC and helped build the program from the ground up.
Chuck has served in several leadership positions both locally as president of the Utah Supplier Development Council (USDC) from 2008-2011, and nationally with the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC) since 2011. In March 2015, Chuck was elected President of APTAC. In his role as President, Chuck testified before a Congressional Sub-Committee regarding the PTAC program and its accomplishments. Chuck has also been officially recognized for his exemplary work by receiving five letters of excellence from former Governor/Ambassador Jon Huntsman, and Governor Gary Herbert.
Richard P. Brown JD, PhD
Veteran Business Manager
Veteran Business Resource Center
Rick is an Air Force veteran, who spent his military tour of duty in a joint service special activities unit traveling on temporary duty around the world. After getting out, he used his VA Benefits to go to law school and spent his business career in Washington, D.C., NYC, and Sao Paulo, Brazil. For the last eight years, Rick shifted gears and served as Director of the Office of Military & Veterans Services and taught in undergraduate, MBA, & doctorate programs at Bellarmine University.
In his present role Rick combines his entrepreneurial experience with a passion for working with all of Utah’s veteran entrepreneurs as they start and grow their businesses.
Business Advisor-Northern Region
Women’s Business Center of Utah
Clancy was an officer in the U.S. Army and then transitioned to corporate America, where she was often the only woman at the table. She realized women need a better understanding of their strengths and how to leverage them to become leaders. Later she started her own coaching business. Clancy joined the WBCUtah team where she continues to help women live their best lives, both professionally and personally.
8(a) Program Manager for the SBA’s Utah District Office
1 March 2019
Cody Neville is the 8(a) Program Manager for the SBA’s Utah District Office in Salt Lake City, Utah and loves helping people start, grow, expand, and manage their business.
He has spent the majority of his career in the Business Development and Business Management Industry, gaining experiences in areas such as Logistics, Marketing, Compliance, and Acquisition.
Cody has worked both in the private sector with companies such as Target Corporation and Luxottica, and in the Government sector for the Department of Defense and now the Small Business Administration.
While helping small businesses is his primary job function by day, Cody also enjoys traveling to foreign countries, hiking, camping, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends. Cody can also be found working behind the scenes at Hale Centre Theatre as an automation technician during nights and weekends. He has even made cameo appearances on stage in a variety of roles including a Horse, a Fish, and a fighting townsman.
Airport Senior Planner-Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Coordinator
Salt Lake City International Airport
During the past 16 years, Raymond Christy has worked to create opportunities for small businesses seeking contracting opportunities with Utah Transit Authority and now Salt Lake City International Airport (SLCDA). As an Airport Senior Planner DBE Coordinator, Raymond is responsible for establishing the triennial Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) and DBE goal methodology, establishing ACDBE and DBE contract goals, contract monitoring, Joint Venture monitoring, Labor compliance (Davis Bacon regulations) on federally assisted construction contracts and a certifying member of the Utah Unified Certification Program.
Raymond has collaborated with several small business advocacy agencies to increase ACDBE certified in the State of Utah by 85% within two years. Raymond has promoted airport contracting opportunities for small business owners through “lunch box” outreach presentations, as a stakeholder for Utah Bonding Education Program classes, and as a presenter at the State of Utah Purchasing Symposium. In 2017, Raymond collaborated with two national car rental companies to increase awareness for contracting opportunities with ACDBE firms at the national level and the Salt Lake City market.
During his career, Raymond received the 2019 FAA Civil Rights Advocate and Recipient Award, 2018 AMAC Advocate of the Year Award, 2015 Albert B. Fritz Civil Rights Award from the Salt Lake Chapter of the NAACP, 2015 Purple Star Award for Dedicated Volunteer Service to the Epilepsy Association of Utah. In 2006, he received the Small Business Administration Minority Enterprise Development Support Award of the Year. Raymond received the 2005 United States Department of Transportation’s Grant Recipient Award for Utah Transit Authority’s DBE Program. Raymond has served as a Board Member and Chairman of the Board for the Salt Lake County Library System (2006 – 2010). He has also served as a Board Member for the Belle Spafford Advisory Committee, School of Social Work, University of Utah (2004 – 2009). Raymond is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated and a founding chapter member of Iota Iota Iota (Salt Lake City) Graduate Chapter.