Small businesses connect with public agencies at Sept. 20 event

Small business owners will be able to capitalize on new opportunities when the seventh annual Committed to Our Business Community event (CTOBC) comes to the Las Vegas Convention Center on Sept. 20.

Hosted by the Regional Business Development Advisory Council (RBDAC) from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Convention Center’s South Hall, the event is designed to help small business owners network with public agencies and private industries to secure contracts.

“We’re committed to give everyone in the community opportunities,” said Niki Johns Gomoluh, a business specialist with the City of Las Vegas and part of the small planning committee that assembles the CTOBC. She noted that even in a global travel destination such as Las Vegas, small businesses play a vital role.

“People who don’t live here think it’s all on the Strip,” she said. “However, the Strip is only the cherry on top.”

More than 60 exhibitors are expected at the event, representing government agencies, the hospitality industry, corporate buyers and local business resources to provide advice on how to increase and maximize business relationships. And the convention center’s role as the CTOBC’s annual host is gratefully acknowledged by attendees.

“Vegas is one of the most unique cities that can deliver the world’s best in ways you can’t anticipate,” said Jane Lee, owner of the gluten-free Jadon Foods bakery on North Rancho Drive, which hosted a table last year. “The convention center does what it says it will. It takes the time to be an integrated part of the community, making a difference for all of us.”

Additionally this year, the event will present several special sessions to instruct attendees on security capital, business certification and emergency preparedness for businesses. Information will also be available on Nevada Gov eMarketplace (NGEM), an online database that allows contractors and suppliers to register to receive requests for bids or proposals from government entities.

“When you come here, you realize that Vegas is not a crapshoot,” said Darren Henderson, a previous attendee and CEO of Springfield, Mo.-based Ion Wave Technologies, which hosted a booth at the event and whose software powers the NGEM. “Vegas is about serious business and making sound decisions. It’s impressive how many places naturally gravitate toward catering to the business professional.”

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