Calendar of Events


Intro to the HUBZone Program & Certification Process
November 29, 2023   |   Virtual   |   10:00 am - 11:30 am

This webinar will provide attendees with an understanding of the Federal government's HUBZone program. Our guest speaker from the Small Business Administration (SBA) Western PA District office will discuss aspects of the Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) program in federal contracting as well as the SBA's certification process for companies that meet eligibility requirements.

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OH, NY & PA APEX Accelerators’ Tri-State Mega Matchmaker 2023
December 5 & 6, 2023  |  Virtual  |  Free

Now in its 4th year, APEX Accelerators (formerly known as PTACs) from New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio have joined together to provide this virtual conference where government buyers and sellers can meet in an online forum covering the tri-state region.

The 2023 virtual Tri-State APEX Accelerator Mega-Matchmaker is an opportunity for businesses to meet with and learn from federal, state and local government buyers and connect with local & regional business resource organizations. The event will offer general sessions covering various gov contracting topics & agencies followed by pre-scheduled matchmaking sessions.

This online event will run December 5 & 6 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm each day. This event is open to all businesses. There is no cost to attend.

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Basics of International Taxation Webinar
December 12, 2023 | Virtual | 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Join us for an upcoming webinar covering the Basics of International Taxation. Andrew McKinley, Director – Tax, and William Pirilla, Supervising Senior Tax Analyst, both of Global Tax Management will be presenting during the event.

  • How do you plan to finance your operations abroad?
  • Do you have sales or installation projects in Canada or Mexico?
  • Do you charge value-added tax (“VAT”) on your invoices in a foreign country, or have you been charged VAT?
  • Have you heard of the term “permanent establishment”?

If any of the above questions apply to your company, we invite you to join us for this free webinar to learn more!

To register for this free webinar, please click here.

Subcontracting on Federal Contracts & FOCI
December 14, 2023  |  10a-11:30a  |  Virtual  |  No Fee

Hosted by Gannon University's Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and presented by the NW Commission APEX Accelerator's Program Manager, Robyn Rowan. This session will provide advice, guidance, and strategies for subcontracting to Federal prime contractors. We will also discuss Foreign Ownership, Control and Influence (FOCI) and what this means in the Federal contracting arena.


Bringing the World to PA 
March 14, 2024  |  Ambassador Center, Hemingway Ballroom,  7794 Peach Street, Erie |  8:00 am - 3:00 pm  |  Free

Mark your calendar for this incredible international event!  Pennsylvania's Authorized Trade Representatives will meet with northwest PA regional companies to discuss export opportunities in the 44 countries they represent around the world!  More details to follow!

 BTW Rescheduled                                                                             

For additional information about our Calendar of Events, please contact:

Jessica Carroll, Outreach Specialist
P: (814) 677-4800 x109