Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Electronic Commerce Conference Scheduled

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Electronic Commerce Conference Scheduled

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A conference dealing with electronic commerce and electronic data interchange for doing business with the government is scheduled June 20 and 21 in Oklahoma City.

Nearly 200 small business executives are expected to turn out for the conference which will deal with providing information companies need to meet government requirements as vendors.

"In the past, all the bidding, purchasing and everything else was done manually by paper," said Larry Vache, coordinator who is working on the conference. "But before long, all government transactions will be done by computer. The government is going totally paperless.

"If a small business doesn't know how to do this, it can't compete and will be left out.

"There are a lot of companies out there that want to do business with the government, but they don't understand how the electronic commerce or electronic data interchange works. I hope this conference gives them the information they need."

Vache, a program manager in the small business development area of the Oklahoma State Department of Vocational and Technical Education, works with the bid assistance center network which helps small businesses bid for government projects.

"We work with all levels of government, not just Tinker Air Force Base, but all government agencies," Vache said. "We're even working with the MAPs (Metropolitan Area Projects) system so we can get some small businesses bidding on those projects. …

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