The COVID-19 pandemic created a free for all for medical equipment across the city and the state. Cuomo worked with neighboring states to create a purchasing consortium while DeBlasio suspended laws relating to procurement to allow the city to quickly purchase what it needed. As things start to move through phases how does purchasing and procurement return to normal? The Government Procurement Conference will foster business partnerships between the city and state level government, prime contractors, and small, minority, service-disabled veteran-owned, and women-owned businesses.
2020 Virtual Government Procurement Conference
Welcome and Introduction
Keynote Speaker Dan Symon, NYC Chief Procurement Officer at City of New York, Mayor's Office of Contract Services
What to Know about Doing Business in New York Post COVID
Citing the high costs of doing business in New York City and the devastating impact the COVID-19 impact aspects of procurement are distinct to New York in terms of laws, taxes and MWBE procurement. This panel will provide an inside look at the New York procurement process and prepare you to navigate the system in a post-COVID world including strategies effective at addressing potential challenges including the possibility of a second wave, tips to win the bidding process and also explain the complexity of RFPs, plus hear what NY government entities want from potential contractors.
Rachel Miller, Associate Commissioner and Agency Chief Contracting Officer, NYC Administration for Children’s Services
Mersida Ibric, Deputy Commissioner, NYC Office of Citywide Procurement
Kristin Malek, Senior Manager, Supplier Diversity, CDW
Claude M. Millman, Partner, Kostelanetz & Fink, LLP
Best Practices for Procurement: MWBE’s and Small Businesses
What are some of the best MWBE programs and procurement opportunities for small MWBE firms looking to work with government agencies? How can they navigate government and authorities? What are the various procurement methods used by public authorities, and what are the best types for small MWBE firms to gain access? Our panelists will also discuss the process for discretionary purchases for items or services from New York State certified small businesses, MWBEs, LGBTBEs, and SDVOBs.
Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte, Chair, Oversight of MWBE Subcommittee
Senator James Sanders Jr., Chair, Task Force of MWBEs
Jonnel Doris, Commissioner, NYC Small Business Services