As small businesses continue to struggle, many have overlooked the potential opportunity found within  large institutions and  governments. Whether it's the huge contracts offered to qualified businesses or the chance to tap into benefits offered by government, new chances to grow are there for the taking.

On July 27, Inc. Business Owners Council is hosting a panel discussion on government business. The questions we'll be addressing: Is it worth the complexity? Is your firm or product a good fit? And how do you maximize the opportunity?

Our experts include Rob Walsh, Commissioner, NYC Small Business Services and Tim Ferguson, CEO, Next Street Financial, a merchant bank.

Commissioner Rob Walsh found early success revitalizing the famed 14th Street corridor in New York before going on to work within the government to increase private-public partnerships. Under the Bloomberg administration, he's assisted businesses in securing financing, recruiting staff and increasing opportunities for minority and women-owned firms.

Next Street CEO, Tim Ferguson, specializes in helping  firms navigate the complex path to doing business with the government and provides strategic assistance to firms to prepare for increased levels of growth and scalability.