WMU News

Workshop for minority and women business owners

Feb. 6, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- A workshop designed to match public sector buyers with minority and women entrepreneurs will be held at the Fetzer Center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20.

"Working Together-How to do Business with the Public Sector" will continue a dialogue initiated at a similar workshop last year. Event organizers aim to educate minority and women business owners about public sector policies and procedures, and to identify roadblocks facing minority- and women- owned businesses that want to participate in public sector bidding.

Four concurrent sessions will address how to obtain loans through financial institutions; insurance and bonding requirements of public institutions; subcontracting procedures; and an overview of public sector bidding. Participants also will have the opportunity to speak with representatives from public institutions, lenders and other organizations.

WMU is a sponsor of the event, and University officials will be participating.

The cost of the workshop is $25, which includes a continental breakfast and buffet lunch. The registration deadline is Friday, Feb. 8. For more information or to register, contact Cheryl McCaffery at 269 383-8967.

Media contact: Jessica English, 269 387-8400, jessica.english@wmich.edu

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