Contact: Diane Greenberg or Mona S. Rowe

Mailed 10/15/98




Upton, NY - Representatives of small businesses are invited to attend a "Small and Small Disadvantaged Business Conference and Fair" at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory on Wednesday, November 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The conference is free and no preregistration is required.

At the conference, to be held at the Brookhaven Center, small companies and small disadvantaged companies will learn how to do business with the federal government and its prime contractors on Long Island.

Brookhaven Lab Director John Marburger will give the keynote speech at 9:45 a.m. Following his address, workshops will be held on how to satisfy the acquisition needs of the federal government and its local contractors, and how to increase small and small disadvantaged business participation in this endeavor.

Afterwards, attendees can meet individually with buyers, contract specialists and technical representatives from Brookhaven Lab and other government contractors. In addition, tours of Laboratory facilities will be available.

During fiscal year 1997, the Laboratory had an annual procurement budget of about $143 million, of which almost $33 million was spent on Long Island.

With a staff of 3,100 employees, Brookhaven Lab creates and operates major facilities available to university, industrial and government personnel for basic and applied research in the physical, biomedical and environmental sciences and in selected energy technologies.

The Laboratory is operated by Brookhaven Science Associates, a not-for-profit research management company, under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy.

For more information about the conference, call the Lab's Division of Contracts and Procurement at (516)344-3173 or 7187. Brookhaven National Laboratory is located on William Floyd Parkway (County Road 46), one-and-a-half miles north of Exit 68 of the Long Island Expressway.