WMU News

Landing government contracts is subject of workshop

Jan. 23, 2004

KALAMAZOO--The ins and outs of obtaining federal and state government contracts will be the subject of a Kalamazoo workshop from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, in the Southwest Michigan Innovation Center, located at 4717 Campus Drive in Western Michigan University's Business Technology and Research Park.

The "Basics of Government Contracting" workshop is free and will be presented by Michael Black, director of WMU's Southwest Michigan Technical Assistance Center.

Although open to the general public, the event is aimed at businesses that sell in the government market and need a refresher as well as at existing services, construction, commodities and supply type businesses that are interested in entering the government market.

Topics to be covered include registering for and bidding on federal and state contracts; forms, regulations and laws; finding subcontracting opportunities; getting paid; and special contracting programs for woman-owned, small disadvantaged and HUBZone businesses.

Reservations are required for the workshop, which begins at 8:30 a.m. with registration. Seating is limited, so those interested in attending are encouraged to reserve a seat by contacting Janice Campbell at (269) 372-3942 or <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 and the college's Office of Business Development Services, helped businesses secure more than $28 million in government contracts last year.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 269 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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