Calendar of Events - How to do Business with FEMA

Are you curious about what it takes for your small business to work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)? Learn more at this virtual outreach event. Representatives from FEMA will present information on how to do business with the agency and their small business program.


  • Training-based — Disaster Planning, Government Contracting, Prime Vendor Program, Procurement Fair,Selling to Government, Subcontracting
  • Discussion-based — Illinois PTAC Overview, How to Do Business With FEMA, SBA Disaster Assistance, Question/Answer Session

About The Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) Program:

The Illinois PTAC Program provides assistance and resources to help businesses become prepared to work with federal, state, and local governmental agencies. The PTAC program is provided through a cooperative agreement with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). Program support is made possible by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and Bradley University.

About FEMA:

On April 1, 1979, President Carter established FEMA with the dual functions of civil defense and emergency management. The agency’s authorities were further defined and expanded by a series of legislative actions. The Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Amendments of 1988 amended the Disaster Relief Act of 1974 and renamed it the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act). The Stafford Act established the current statutory framework for disaster response and recovery through presidential disaster declarations. Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, President W. Bush signed the Homeland Security Act (2002), uniting FEMA with 21 other organizations under the newly created U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Over the next two decades, Congress passed a series of legislation following significant disaster events that further shaped the agency — the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act (2006), the Sandy Reform Act (2012), and the Disaster Recovery Reform Act (2018). When FEMA responds to a disaster, their goal is to contract with local businesses in the affected area whenever feasible.


How to do Business with FEMA

January 19

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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