2017 SBC Coming Nov. 15-17


The 2017 SAME Federal Small Business Conference for the A/E/C Industry is around the corner, coming Nov. 15-17 to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pa. More than 2,500 attendees are expected from across government and industry—among them small business owners, representatives from large businesses, and decision-makers from the military and federal agencies including contracting officers and small business specialists. 

SBC offers something for everyone in the federal A/E/C industry: education sessions designed to help you grow your business from the ground up take it to the next level; business opportunity briefings that provide real contracting insights and small business plans from government leaders; networking roundtables where small businesses can meet directly with agencies and potential large business teaming partners; a sold-out Exhibit Hall with more than 300 exhibitors to connect with; and networking receptions geared to helping give you the opportunity to develop relationships that will move the needle for your company. 

The 2017 SBC will officially kick off Wednesday, Nov. 15, with a Federal Engineering Leaders Panel, providing attendees the chance to hear from the senior engineering leaders of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Air Force Civil Engineering, and Department of Veterans Affairs.

From then on Wednesday midday through Friday afternoon, SBC will transform into the ONE place where decision-makers across the federal A/E/C industry (both government and industry) will be for three days of unmatched learning, market research, and networking opportunities. 



Keynote Speakers. SBC will feature four keynote speakers designed to inspire and inform: Isaac Lidsky, Best-Selling Author & CEO, ODC Construction; The Honorable Lucian Niemeyer, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Installations, Energy & Environment; Dr. James Galvin, SES, Acting Director, Office of Small Business Programs, Department of Defense; and Jackie Robinson-Burnette, most recently Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Government Contracting & Business Development, Small Business Administration.

Tailored Education Sessions. SBC will offer over 20 education sessions, with topics appealing to companies’ experience level in the industry: those new to federal work, those currently growing and developing their business; and those that have achieved success and may be considering becoming a larger business.

Business Opportunity Briefings. Hear from government decision-makers on upcoming programs where they will be looking for support in the coming years; again for 2017, briefings will be aligned by business-line, which makes it for efficient for small businesses to attend what matters to their discipline.

Sold-Out Exhibit Hall. Establish connections, meet market research requirements, and find the partners that will fill your capability gaps. With a record 300 exhibitors. Also make sure to also take advantage of the Innovation Theater and Small Business Passport to find technologies or service providers that can help your agency or company.

Small Business Luncheons. New for 2017, SBC will offer networking lunches with leading experts for specific types of small businesses—those categorized as women-owned, 8(a), minority-owned, veteran-owned and service-disabled veteran-owned. 

SAME Small Business Awards. Congratulations to this year’s Small Business Awards recipients who will be honored during Thursday morning’s plenary session. 



Last year’s SBC in Atlanta drew 2,346 professionals. It was the fourth consecutive year of attendee growth and 2017 will offer even more education, business development, and networking opportunities than ever before. If you are a small or large business who operates in the federal marketplace, The Steel City is the place to be Nov. 15-17!

Learn more about the 2017 SBC, including the full schedule of events, speaker information, session descriptions, exhibitor listings, networking events, travel and lodging, and more, visit www.samesbc.org. Follow the event using #SAMESBC. 


TAKE a look back to last year…Recapping the 2016 SBC in Atlanta.

CHECK out all the photos from 2016 (education sessions / exhibitors keynotes & awards.)

READ an article about how SBC helps you make connections that make a difference, written by an SAME Young Member who attended in 2016.

HEAR an interview with Small Business Owner Mercedes Enrique, live from the 2016 SBC, on the Real TiME Podcast about the value of attending.