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Join Us for the 4th Annual Government Contracting & Certification Summit


What To Expect

BELL is excited to host our 4th Annual Government Contracting & Certification Summit on Friday, June 28th, and Saturday, June 29th. This two-day event is designed to support startup entrepreneurs and established small business owners in navigating the government contracting process. Held at the prestigious UCSD Park & Market in downtown San Diego, this summit offers an invaluable platform for learning and networking.

Expert Insights

Hear from successful contractors and government agency representatives who will share their knowledge on how to start winning bids and build a competitive business in government contracting.

Networking Opportunities

Engage with like-minded entrepreneurs and local government contracting agencies. Benefit from strategic exchanges of knowledge and insights on working with small businesses and upcoming bid opportunities.

Distinguished Attendees

Connect with esteemed organizations including the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Department of General Services (DGS), County of San Diego, CalTrans, San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD), McCarthy Building Companies, US Bank, and more.

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Meet Our Sponors

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Event Highlights

SUMMIT PROGRAM - Day 1 - Friday June 28th, 2024

Registration (8:00 AM - 3:00 PM)

  • Welcome (9:15 AM) 

        Jayton Harps and Brian Ware, Cofounders, BELL

  • Government Certifications: A Step-By-Step Guide Presentation (9:30-10:00 am)

        Yvonne Gao, Business Advisor, Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

  • How to do Business with the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) (10:00-10:30 am)    Alma Banuelos, Business Outreach Coordinator


  • Meet the Buyers Panel (10:45-11:45 am)                                

  1. (Moderator) M’Lynn Martin, Small Business and Property Management Analyst

    • Caltrans District 11

  2. Daniella Milloy, Contract Compliance Officer

    • City of San Diego     

  3. Shirley Parsons, Program Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    • Port of San Diego  

  4. Mike Sabellico, Regional Director

    • San Diego, Orange, Imperial APEX Accelerator

  5. Rebecca Villarino, District Small Business Liaison

    • Caltrans District 11

  • Credit Stability (11:00-11:30 am)

        Eva Bryant, Assistant Vice President | Client & Community Relations - PNC Bank

  • Lunch/Tabling (12:00 - 12:45 PM)

  1. SDUSD

  2. SDG&E

  3. Clark Construction

  4. Port of San Diego

  5. Pacific Southwest Minority Supplier Development Council

  6. County of San Diego - Equity Justice

  7. San Diego Workforce


  • Pitch Competition (12:00 - 1:00 PM)

  • SDG&E Presentation (1:30 - 2:00 PM)

        Nhu Tran, Supplier Diversity Manager, SDG&E


  • US Bank Presentation (2:00 PM - 2:30 PM)

        Claudio Burgin, Assistant Vice President l Business Access Advisor, US Bank

Closing Remarks (3:15 PM)  - BELL Team

Speed Networking Mixer (6:00 PM - 9:00 PM)

SUMMIT PROGRAM - Day 2 - Saturday June 29th, 2024
Registration (8:00 am - 1:00 pm)

  • Welcome (9:15 am) 

        Jayton Harps and Brian Ware, Cofounders, BELL

  • Trucking 101 (9:30-10:00 am)              

        Emanuel C. Harris, Sr., Founder, 1980 Freight

  • Social Media Optimization (SCO)/Advertising/Marketing (10:00-10:30 am)              Danielle Anderson, Founder, DA Servicing


  • Alternative Business Funding: Mission Driven Finance (10:30 - 11:00 AM)

        Oralia Alvarez, Director of Biz Dev, Mission Driven Finance

  • Grant Writing & AI Technologies (ChatGPT) (11:00 - 11:30 am)

        De'Schzunell Catlin, Chief Operations Officer, Equity Space Alliance, Inc.


  • Black Business Panel (11:45 AM - 1:00 PM)             

  1. Wanda Rogers, Founder, Construction Service Workers

  2. Joshua Middleton, Owner, Siege Electric

  3. Grady Gordon, Chief Operating Officer, IWC Primary Care

  4. Allen Maxwell, CEO, Omni2Max

  5. Jayton Harps and Brian Ware, BELL, Cofounders


  • The System Is Unforgiving (1:00 - 1:30pm)                          

        Allen Maxwell, CEO, Omni2Max


  • Technical Business Consulting in Cyber Security (1:30 - 2:00 pm)

        Xavier Johnson, Founder, We Help You Secure


Closing Remarks                        


Register for the 4th Annual BELL Government Contracting & Certification Summit

Don't miss the 4th Annual BELL Government Contracting & Certification Summit on June 28th and 29th! Join us at UCSD Park & Market in downtown San Diego to learn from industry experts, network with peers, and gain valuable insights into the government contracting process. Secure your spot today and take a significant step towards growing your business. Register now!


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