WMU News

How to do business with local government agencies

Oct. 24, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- Government purchasing officials from Battle Creek, Kalamazoo and Portage will explain how to do business with their organizations at an upcoming workshop sponsored by Western Michigan University's Southwest Michigan Technical Assistance Center.

The free seminar, "How to do Business with Local Governments," will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Kalamazoo County Chamber of Commerce. Purchasing officials from the cities of Battle Creek, Kalamazoo and Portage, as well as Kalamazoo and Calhoun counties will provide an overview of their purchasing and bidding procedures. Topics will range from bid solicitations and award policies to bond requirements and finding projects on the Internet.

Pre-registration is required. Interested persons should call Jan Campbell at the Southwest Michigan Technical Assistance Center at (616) 387-2005 for more information or to register.

Under the umbrella of WMU's Haworth College of Business and its Office of Business Development Services, the Southwest Michigan Technical Assistance Center offers free assistance to companies interested in doing business with the government. Annually, center director Michael Black and his staff help Southwest Michigan businesses secure more than $20 million in government contracts.

Media contact: Jessica English, 616 387-8400, jessica.english@wmich.edu

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