GSA Great Lakes Industry Networking Expo

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Join the U.S. General Services Administration’s Great Lakes Region Public Buildings Service (PBS) for a networking opportunity geared toward the design, construction and building services industries. This FREE expo will provide a forum for our industry partners to talk directly with Great Lakes GSA personnel from the building design, construction and building services fields. The event will cover upcoming opportunities, project forecasting and educational sessions on doing business with GSA. 

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Presentations from our August 8, 2023 Event


GLR Industry Expo_How To Do Business With GSA [PDF - 506 KB]

GLR Industry Expo_How To Get On GSA Schedules [PDF - 4 MB]

GLR Industry Expo_Navigating SAM.GOV [PDF - 1 MB]

GLR Industry Expo - How To Get On An AE IDIQ [PDF - 376 KB]

GLR Industry Expo_How To Get On A Construction IDIQ [PDF - 332 KB]

GLR Industry Expo_Upcoming Regional Opportunities [PDF - 793 KB]

GLR Industry Expo_Capital Construction Forecast [PDF - 961 KB]

GLR Industry Expo_GSA Divisional Overview [PDF - 2 MB]



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The General Services Administration strives to be at the cutting edge of industry. As such, we understand and value the importance of cultivating industry relationships. The GSA Great Lakes Region Industry Networking Expo will provide a forum for the various business lines within the region to talk directly with you, our industry experts, current collaborators, and prospective partners, about upcoming project opportunities and the types of services we require. This event will include project forecasting discussions and educational sessions on how to do business with GSA. We will also host a series of panel discussions, one of which will focus on strategic partnerships. Engaging each other enables our shared community an opportunity to inform, network, and educate each other about best practices, prevailing industry issues, and the value of doing public work.

Our goal for hosting this event is to:

  • Encourage a diverse pool of GSA contract firms by making information accessible and understandable across a wide spectrum of federal contracting experience (from new and curious to well-established and proficient).
  • Convey foundational information for encouraging success: PBS organizational mission, structure, services, procurement systems and processes, forecasted opportunities, and current opportunities. 
  • Provide a forum to encourage industry networking opportunities between small and large businesses, general contractors and subcontractors, etc. 
  • Explain the roles and responsibilities of the different GSA PBS business lines and the services they require.
  • Discuss the selection processes specific to the different types of services and projects (architect/engineering, repair and alteration, capital construction, and building services).
  • Explanation of the different small business classifications at the federal level.


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How much is the registration fee? 

No cost. The expo is free to attend, but registration is required.

When and where is the event? 

August 8, 2023, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Central) at the University of Illinois-Chicago Student Center East Building 750 S. Halsted Ave, Chicago, IL 

Is nearby parking available? 

Yes. The Halsted and Taylor Street Parking Structure is located directly across the street from the expo at 760 West Taylor Street (entrance on Taylor Street). Cost is $15 for the day.

Are there restaurants near the expo? 

Yes. The 1st and 2nd floors of the conference center feature Chick-Fil-A, Market at Halsted Street, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Sbarro, Subway, and Wow Bao.

Is the expo only for new and/or prospective businesses looking to become GSA partners? 

No. We will offer classroom sessions and panel discussions on best practices, how to work successfully with GSA, and where you can find upcoming opportunities, all of  which are relevant to existing contract holders. We will also bring scores of businesses into one location for the opportunity to meet and network with one another and encourage existing contract holders to participate in the various discussions throughout the day. 

How can my business work with GSA?

See the resources at Sell to the Government and Small Business.

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In Person
University of Illinois at Chicago - Student CenterEast Building

750 S. Halsted Street
Chicago , Illinois 60607
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