WMU News

Workshop zeros in on obtaining government contracts

Aug. 11, 2004

KALAMAZOO--Securing government contracts can be a tricky business.

Luckily for area business people, an upcoming seminar at Western Michigan University will shed some light on winning both federal and state government contracts.

The event is being presented by Michael Black, director of WMU's Southwest Michigan Technical Assistance Center, and Melissa Angel, regional director of the Small Business and Technology Development Center based at Kalamazoo College. Titled the "Basics of Government Contracting" the workshop is 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Aug. 25, in the Southwest Michigan Innovation Center, located at 4717 Campus Drive in WMU's Business Technology and Research Park. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

In addition to covering the basics of government contracting, the workshop will explore who should enter the government market, basic laws and regulations, socio-economic programs, how to get paid, registration, finding subcontract opportunities, and how the SBTDC can help businesses grow, plan and problem-solve.

The session is open to the public and is geared toward businesses that are interested in entering the government market, as well as businesses selling in the government market and need a refresher.

Reservations are required, and seating is limited. Those interested in attending are encouraged to reserve a seat by contacting Janice Campbell by phone at (269) 372-3942 or by e-mail at <janice.campbell@wmich.edu>.

"Basics of Government Contracting" is being sponsored by WMU and its Southwest Michigan Technical Assistance Center, as well as the Small Business Administration, the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and the Defense Logistics Agency.

The Technical Assistance Center offers free assistance to area companies interested in doing business with the government. The center, which is under the umbrella of WMU's Haworth College of Business, helped businesses secure more than $33 million in government contracts last year.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, 269 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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