Preview the 2016 SBC Atlanta (Nov. 16-18)

The countdown is on to the 2016 SAME Small Business Conference, the A/E/C industry’s premier conference for small businesses looking to grow their presence in the federal marketplace and for federal agencies to connect with the small businesses they need to help support their missions in the years ahead.

More than 2,000 attendees are expected at the 2016 SBC, which is being held Nov. 16-18 at Cobb Galleria in Atlanta. Register today!



  • Keynote speakers Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, USA (Ret.), renowned leadership expert and The Other Michael Jackson, global business advisor;
  • Moderated sessions with senior military and federal engineering and acquisition leaders;
  • More than 20 hours of tailored education presentations designed specifically for professionals operating in the federal A/E/C arena;
  • Matched networking tables where companies and agencies can talk face-to-face about upcoming business opportunities and challenges within the small business environment;
  • Sold-out Exhibit Hall featuring cutting-edge products and services from more than 250 companies; and
  • NEW – Business-line specific business opportunity briefings, which offer attendees a chance to hear about upcoming program and project forecasts from federal agency leaders.





Opening Reception in Exhibit Hall
Wednesday 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Make connections and start to forge lasting relationships with the more than 2,000 professionals from government and industry expected to attend the 2016 SAME Small Business Conference. Ensure a productive and valuable week in Atlanta by building your network on day one!

Opening Plenary Session & Luncheon
Wednesday, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Global business advisor Michael Jackson will deliver insights on change in a business context, then lead a plenary discussion with senior military and government engineering leaders from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Air Force Civil Engineering, and Department of Veterans Affairs. Learn about the important role small businesses play in helping these federal agencies achieve their missions.

Government Agency Mega-Sessions
Wednesday, 1:20 p.m.–5:50 p.m.
Hear directly from senior military and federal government leaders, including small business and acquisition decision-makers, about how their agencies are performing in meeting their small business program goals, gain insight into future strategies and trends, and discover potential opportunities for your business to support their respective needs.
• U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: 1:20 p.m.–2:20 p.m.
• Naval Facilities Engineering Command: 2:40 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
• Air Force Civil Engineering: 3:50 p.m.–4:40 p.m.
• Department of Veterans Affairs: 5:00 p.m.–5:50 p.m.

Plenary Session with the Small Business Administration
Thursday 8:30 a.m.–9:45 a.m.
This session will feature conference facilitator Michael Jackson moderating a plenary session with a senior leader from the Small Business Administration. Each year, this session provides attendees with invaluable updates on what’s new in the federal small business marketplace. Hear about updates to small business rules and regulations and discover how the government is working to ensure small businesses have opportunities to support the nation’s A/E/C needs.

Tailored Education Sessions
Wednesday 1:20 p.m.–5:50 p.m.; Thursday 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. / 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.; Friday 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Built from a robust Call for Presentations that attracted more than 60 submissions from across government, industry, academia, and other professional organizations, the 2016 Small Business Conference will offer 22 education sessions tailored to beginner, intermediate and advanced levels of experience in the federal marketplace—from business development strategies to legal concerns, regulatory changes, contracting and acquisition matters, and more.

Business Opportunity Briefings
Thursday 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. / 1:00 p.m.– 5:00 p.m.; Friday 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Hear from federal acquisition and engineering leaders on how small business can support them.
Invited Agencies Include:
• U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
• Department of Veterans Affairs
• Naval Facilities Engineering Command
• Air Force Civil Engineer Center
• Department of Energy
• General Services Administration
• U.S. Public Health Service
• U.S. Coast Guard

Matched Networking Tables
Thursday 10:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.; Friday 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Individuals looking to form teaming agreements and partnerships will find the Matched Networking Tables profoundly helpful. The format focuses on matching specific large business and government agency needs with the small businesses that can fulfill them. This should allow both parties an opportunity to discuss real business opportunities and lay the foundation to develop new client-consultant relationships for small businesses.

Exhibit Hall Featuring the Small Business Passport and Innovative Product Theater
Wednesday 1:20 p.m.–8:00 p.m.; Thursday 10:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m.; Friday 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
With more than 250 exhibitors, featuring large and small businesses, government agencies and professional organizations, the 2016 Small Business Conference Exhibit Hall will provide unparalleled opportunities to build your business and grow your career. Take a tour with the Small Business Passport and meet with participating small businesses to get your passport stamped and be entered into a prize drawing! Get a front-row seat to learn about some of the newest, most innovative technologies in the A/E/C industry at the Innovative Product Theater!

Closing Keynote Luncheon and SAME Small Business Awards
Friday 12:45 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, USA (Ret.) will close out the 2016 SAME Small Business Conference with an insightful and engaging keynote address. Lynch is the author of Adapt or Die: Leadership Principles from an American General, in which he shares, with refreshing directness, how to gain the confidence needed to lead in our ever-changing world.




Don’t miss the year’s premier event for A/E/C businesses looking to build relationships and grow their presence in the federal marketplace. Make success happen. Attend the 2016 SAME SBC in Atlanta!

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