USAID Summary of Frankfurt Small Business Conference

  • 2020-04-24
  • Interactive Government

USAID Summary of Frankfurt Small Business Conference
March 3-4, pre-pandemic, seems like a lifetime ago. But on those dates, IGH CEO Michael Sanders attended USAID’s 2020 Overseas U.S. Small Business Conference in Frankfurt, Germany. USAID included this update in their April New Partnerships Initiative newsletter:
The 2020 Overseas Frankfurt U.S. Small Business Conference on March 3-4 brought together 250 U.S. small businesses and 60+ USAID staff from Washington headquarters, Europe and Eurasia, Africa, and the Middle East.

The conference served as a platform for U.S. small businesses to better understand the country context in which each USAID Mission is operating and how their respective business expertise can best be utilized. Mark Walther, Director of USAID’s Bureau for Management, Office of Acquisition and Assistance, reiterated that Agency staff are “so appreciative of the wonderful collaboration we have with...U.S. small businesses! It is such a pleasure to work with you, and witness the impacts we are having across small business goals!”

Mauricio Vera, Director of the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, emphasized USAID’s previous accomplishments, “awarding over 14.8% of our contract dollars worldwide to small businesses...And most importantly, this amounted to over $807M to small businesses, by far the most money ever.” The conference reinforced USAID’s commitment to expanding partnership opportunities with U.S. small businesses.

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