Small Business Support Services
Making your small business a success is not a sprint, it's a marathon. If you operate a small business, you know how important it is to first know your potential client well and then apply the proper business development method.
We pride ourselves on ensuring that our small business partners have the maximum opportunity to participate in all of our subcontracting prospects.
Our Small Business Office can assist you in marketing your small business to key decision makers within our organization. Our team supports the small business community by
- Implementing and offering the Partner Link-Up System to partners and to all RTI staff
- Having a presence at local and regional small business networking and outreach events
- Hosting introductory meetings with small and diverse businesses that possess the expertise needed by RTI and as requested by RTI staff
- Facilitating trade fairs and focused meetings that allow small and diverse businesses to provide an overview of their capabilities to the appropriate RTI staff members
- Featuring small businesses on our internal website that offer services complementary to RTI's
- Training RTI staff members on our small business program requirements, project partner searches, and our partnering process
Small Business Outreach Events
Attending local, regional, or national small business outreach events may keep your company one step ahead of the competition through networking and face-to-face marketing. Numerous proposal partner relationships have been initiated at small business outreach events. The following is a representative sample list of RTI's small business outreach efforts.
Fiscal Year 2013 Small Business Outreach Events
- Durham Chamber of Commerce - Greet the Purchasers (October 3)
- National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) - Business Opportunity Fair (October 29)
- U.S. Department of Defense - Mid-Atlantic Region Small Business Trade Fair (January 24)
- U.S. Department of Education - Small Business Mentor Protégé Conference (February 21)
- Veteran's Business Association (NC VetBiz) - Annual Meeting hosted at RTI (March 7)
- OSDBU Interagency Council - Government Procurement Conference (April 25)
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Centers for Disease Control Industry Day (May 3)
- Defense Business Association (NC DBA) - Strategies for Winning Proposal presented by RTI (May 8)
- Small Business Supplier Trade Fair - CREE-RTP (May 9)
- RTI International - RTI Annual Small Business Expo (May 15)
- U.S. Agency for International Development - Small Business Matchmaker (May 16)
- U.S. Department of Commerce - Export University 101 hosted at RTI (May 16)
- Small Business & Technology Center (NC SBTDC) - Marketplace Procurement Opportunities (May 29)
- Veteran's Business Association (NC VetBiz) - Procurement Summit (July 24)
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – National Institutes of Health’s Small Business Open House (July 25)
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - National Veterans Small Business Conference (August 6)
- U.S. Department of Commerce - Discover 2013 (September 16)
Meeting with RTI Representatives: Pre-Meeting Preparation
Because of the impact of first impressions and the value of time to all of us, it is important to take the necessary preparatory steps prior to your meeting with RTI representatives. This preparation will help to ensure that your meeting is of high quality and is as effective as possible. An important checklist is provided below.
- Do your homework by learning of the many research and development services RTI provides and determining where your greatest potential for partnering lies.
- Be prepared to discuss your past and current work and your experience in acting as a prime contractor, subcontractor, or both on government contracts.
- Familiarize yourself with the area by reviewing RTI office locations, selecting the location where the meeting will take place, and viewing maps of the surrounding area and RTI office buildings.
- If you plan to provide a presentation, ensure that you bring along all necessary equipment and materials, including hard copies of the presentation you wish to distribute and any additional marketing documents you would like to provide to the meeting attendees.
- Web-based and teleconferencing formats are available for prospective partners who are unable to meet in person because of location.