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Posted on: October 18, 2012

Oil and Gas Small Business Opportunities Conference set for Nov. 27 in Hutchinson

State leaders and industry representatives will gather in Hutchinson on Nov. 27 to 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 Fair will help interested Kansans find career opportunities among the various companies active in the MLP. Participants also can learn about opportunities to get additional training for careers in the MLP.

WHO: Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George, Kansas Corporation Commission Executive Director Patti Petersen-Klein and Kansas Geological Survey 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 Deadline to register is Nov. 14.

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 Participation in this event is free. Businesses wishing to participate in the career fair should contact KANSASWORKS’ Phyllis LaShell at or Debra Rodenbaugh-Schaub at Booth fee for the fair is $50, and the deadline to reserve space is Nov. 16.

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