Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Should I attend Alliance Northwest?

Any business interested in succeeding in the government marketplace should plan to attend Alliance Northwest. The event has historically attracted over 1,000 people, including the who’s-who of federal, state and local contracting. Alliance Northwest is the largest event in the region, bringing together prime contractors, government agencies and small businesses for a full day of relationship building. 

For those new to government contracting, you’ll have an opportunity to meet government agency representatives, explore sub-contracting opportunities with prime contractors and attend high-quality training workshops.

If your firm is an experienced government contractor, Alliance is the place to strengthen established relationships, explore other government contracting opportunities and teaming opportunities, and hear the marketplace’s latest news and trends from the expert workshop speakers.

Agencies interested in reaching out to small and diverse firms should attend the event.  You can search attendees by industry and socio-economic status and help educate firms on how to do business with you.

Do I need to purchase a booth (corporate/agency profile) to attend the event?

No. Purchasing a booth is a great way to have a strong presence at the event and get more exposure for your business or agency while creating a “home” for one-on-one meetings. Attendees without a corporate/agency profiles will have an opportunity to build out a robust individual profile complete with searchable company description, links to social media/capabilities statements, full contact information, and more. 

How much does it cost to attend?


  • $50 for the first 500 attendees. $75 after that.
  • Washington State Certified Veteran Owned Businesses receive 50% off curtesy of Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs.  
  • Federal Agency – no cost

Sponsors: Packages starting at $1,000

Corporate/Agency Profiles: $300

No refunds will be issued. If you miss the live event on March 11, you still will have opportunity to view recorded presentations and connect with attendees and exhibitors. 


How should I prepare to make the most of Alliance?

The Alliance planning committee is preparing webinars and setting up a hotline for questions.  Details coming soon.

What is MatchMaking?

One of the most valuable aspects of participating in Alliance is the opportunity to build relationships with potential partners, buyers and sellers in the federal marketplace. Details on how this rolls out on the virtual platform coming soon!

Who helps plan the event?

Alliance Northwest is coordinated by the Thurston Economic Development Council, a non-profit based in Lacey, WA that is home to the Washington PTAC program. The event planning is supported by counselors at the Procurement Technical Assistance Center, other non-profit service providers, and  representatives from the US Navy, Army Corps of Engineers, Small Business Administration, and other federal agencies. The event has an over 30 year history of creating a quality environment in which government and business can connect and learn.

Will I Receive a Government Contract at Alliance?

Not likely.  Alliance Northwest is about making quality connections and learning how government buys, from who, and how.  This knowledge combined with effective followup could very well turn into contracts later down the road.  For more on how to win government contracts and subcontracts, visit you PTAC Counselor. The Procurement Technical Assistance Center provides no-cost advising to increase the number of firms who find, bid, and win government contracts.  Washington firms can visit  Other locations can visit 

I have more questions. Who do I call?

Holly House at Thurston EDC is the event director and can be reached at [email protected] or 360-464-6040.