WMU News

Workshop offers basics of government contracting

Dec. 1, 2001

KALAMAZOO -- As business leaders, unnerved by the shaky economy, eye stable government work, Western Michigan University will offer a workshop to review the basics of landing federal and state contracts.

Sponsored by the Southwest Michigan Technical Assistance Center, "Government Contracting Basics" will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the Kalamazoo County Chamber of Commerce Building, 346 W. Michigan Ave. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. for the free event, which is open to the public. Those interested in attending should reserve a seat by calling Janice Campbell at (269) 387-2005, or by sending e-mail to <janice.campbell@wmich.edu>.

"Government contracts are an excellent source of stability for businesses that go up and down with the economy," says Michael Black, director of the Southwest Michigan TAC, who will lead the workshop. "For any business looking to break into government contracting, it's important to learn the basics. There are a lot of regulations and paperwork people should familiarize themselves with before that first contract is on the line."

At the seminar, Black will tell attendees how to register to bid on federal and state contracts; discuss special contracting programs for woman-owned, small disadvantaged and HUBZone businesses; review forms, regulations and laws; and reveal steps for success in landing and executing government contracts.

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 area companies interested in doing business with the government. Annually, center director Michael Black and his staff help businesses secure more than $28 million in government contracts.

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

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