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Posted on: November 5, 2012

Registration for Oil and Gas Small Business Opportunities Conference has been extended

Registration for the Kansas Oil and Gas Small Business Opportunities Conference has been extended until Nov. 19.

Gov. Sam Brownback, other state leaders and industry representatives will gather in Hutchinson on Nov. 27 to get an update on current activity and the road ahead, as well as discuss how Kansas small businesses can benefit from the oil and gas activity underway in the Mississippian Lime Play (MLP) in Kansas.

WHAT: The Oil and Gas Small Business Opportunities Conference: Your Guide to Working in the MLP. The conference will feature three events:

• A roundtable discussion with state leaders and industry executives on the current status of the MLP and what the future holds, as well as to educate small and rural businesses on potential business opportunities available as activity within the MLP continues.

• A business-to-business (B2B) networking session, where Kansas small business owners can interact with key oil and gas companies – and their vendors and suppliers – to see what products and services they can provide.

• The Kansas Oil and Gas Career and Resource Fair will help interested Kansans find and learn about career opportunities among the various companies active in the MLP. Participants also can learn about additional training opportunities for careers in the MLP.

WHO: Gov. Sam Brownback, Commerce Secretary Pat George, Kansas Corporation Commission Executive Director Patti Petersen-Klein and Kansas Geological Survey Interim Director Rex Buchanan. Industry representatives include Tom Ward, CEO, SandRidge Energy; Robert Murdock, CEO, Osage Resources; Michael Radler, CEO, Tug Hill Operating; David Todd, vice president of production, Shell Exploration and Production Co.; and Wayne Woolsey, CEO, Woolsey Operating.

WHEN/WHERE: 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 27 in the Encampment Building, Kansas State Fairgrounds, 2000 N. Poplar St., Hutchinson, Kan. 67502. The roundtable is set for 8:30 a.m.-Noon; the business-to-business networking session will occur from 1-3 p.m.; and the career fair will take place from 3-6 p.m.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Registration and hotel information can be found at KansasCommerce.com/MLPConference. Deadline to register has been extended until Nov. 19.

More information about the B2B networking opportunity can be found on the conference webpage or contact Diana Feldhausen with the Department at (785) 296-2994 or dfeldhausen@kansascommerce.com. Participation in this event is free. Businesses wishing to participate in the career fair should contact KANSASWORKS’ Phyllis LaShell at plashell@kansasworks.com or Debra Rodenbaugh-Schaub at drodenbaugh@kansasworks.com. Booth fee for the fair is $50, and the deadline to reserve space is Nov. 16.

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