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Amazon Web Services 601 New Jersey Avenue, NW Ste. 900 Washington, DC
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Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) in collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and the DC Office of Chief Technical Officer (OCTO)

Learn about contracting opportunities with the DC government for IT services and products, what it looks for in vendors and best practices when bidding on contracts.

Hear how Amazon Web Services (AWS) helps technology vendors and service providers build successful public sector practices through the AWS Partner Network (APN).

Meet with contracting staff from the DC Office of Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) and other DC Government agencies.

Receive an express assessment of your business’ IT architecture from AWS Solutions Architects and guidance from Business Development experts.

Learn the advantages of becoming a DC Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) and how to apply.

Meet with DSLBD’s DC Procurement Technical Assistance Center (DC PTAC) to sign up for personalized business counseling and competitive insights for navigating the government contracting process successfully.

SPACE IS LIMITED. One representative per business and priority registration for DC-based Businesses. Other business may attend as space permits.


8am-9am: Check-in, Sign-up for Matchmaking & AWS Consulations and Continental Breakfast

9am: Welcome Remarks by DSLBD, AWS and OCTO

9:3am-12:30pm: Information Sessions and Training

  • AWS experts will provide an overview of how AWS works with partners to bring innovative technology solutions to the public sector, and the process and benefits of becoming an AWS technology or consulting partner.
  • OCTO will discuss what it looks for in vendors, its Pipeline program, and best practices for contacting with DC Government for IT services and products.

12:30-1:30pm:  Lunch

1pm-4pm: One-on-One consultations with DC Government agencies and AWS (sign-ups are available onsite on a first-come, first-serve basis)

  • 1pm-4pm: Express Individual Consultations with AWS about specific architecture and security concerns, as well as potential joint go-to-market strategies
  • 2pm-4pm: Matchmaking with DC Government agency contacting staff from OCTO, DCPS and other agencies. This event activity is for CBEs only.


Alex Chalmers
Amazon Web Services
Director of State & Local Gov’t and Govtech
Kristi Whitfield
District of Columbia
Director, Department of Small and Local Business Development
Buzz Ryan
Amazon Web Services
Partner Development Manager, Worldwide Public Sector
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