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The B.I.G. Event remains virtual in 2021, bringing local business owners into contact with big industry and government contractors Aug. 3-5

Three-day online event available during lunch hour to give participants opportunity to work “on” instead of “in” their businesses to generate new customers

Article by Melinda Eddleman

Big businesses and government entities consistently seek to improve their bottom line. And each year, Coastal Bend business owners anticipate connecting with these area contractors for the opportunity to network and promote their products and services during The B.I.G. (Booming industry, International trade, Government contracting) Event.

The Corpus Christi economy needs business owners to continue to pull out of the pandemic-driven pause that happened in some sectors. Businesses need to realize that there is much opportunity to grow revenues right here in the Coastal Bend, including revenue opportunities in the global market.
Ann Fierova, DMC Small Business Development Center Director

This year’s B.I.G. Event, which is the tenth one hosted by DMC’s Small Business Development Center, will remain “virtual,” but is scheduled over a three-day period, Aug. 3-5, during lunch from 11:45 to 1 p.m. each day. While at NO COST, participants will still need to register by 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 3. To register, go to https://utsa.ecenterdirect.com/events/32913.

Questions? Contact the DMC Small Business Development Center at 361-698-1021 or

Business owners can explore the possibilities and opportunities to support global representation of new industries while meeting key contracting personnel virtually. Additionally, the 2021 B.I.G. Event will cover several topics, including business financing, business management, exporting/importing, government contracting, marketing/sales, procurement fair and selling to government. The three-day schedule includes:

  • Tuesday, Aug. 3: Industry – covering upcoming projects and purchasing processes with a panel presentation by Bay, Ltd. and Flatiron/Dragados representatives.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 4: Government Contracting – covering Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) a presentation by Robert Marraro with the DMC Procurement Technical Assistance Center.
  • Thursday, Aug. 5: International Trade – covering small business exporting tips with presentations by Omar Garcia with the Port of Corpus Christi and Rick Rayne and Julio Garcia de las Mestas with the University of Texas-San Antonio International Trade Center.

Sponsors for this year’s event include Port of Corpus Christi, Capital CDC, Frost Bank, BBVA, Navy Army Community Credit Union, SCORE Corpus Christi, Del Mar College and the DMC Procurement Technical Assistance Center and the University of Texas-San Antonio International Trade Center.

The B.I.G. Event still may be virtual, but it’s one networking opportunity Coastal Bend businesses don’t want to miss. Owners are encouraged to carve out lunchtime during their busy schedules to work “on” their businesses instead of “in” their businesses to find new customers.



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