For any small business, declining revenue calls for bold remedies. Why not make one of those remedies tapping into the government procurement pipeline? To assist with the introductory basics of contracting with the government, El Dorado County is sponsoring a free workshop entitled Getting Started with Government Contracting 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Feb. 14. It will be held in the County Governement Center, 330 Fair Lane, Building A, OES Conference Room, Placerville.
In this beginning level class you will learn:
• Why and how to obtain a DUNS Number
• How to research your NAICS and SIC Codes
• Why registering in Central Contractor Registration (CCR) is so important
• What “ORCA” is
• Reporting requirements for small businesses
• How to apply for federal certifications through the Small Business Administration (SBA):
o 8(a) Business Development Program
o Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Program
• How to apply for State of California certifications:
o Small Business
o Disabled Veterans Business Enterprise (DVBE)
o California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)
o Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program
• How to search for government contracting opportunities
This workshop will be presented by the Federal Technology Center (FTC), which is California’s leading expert in federal, state, and local government contracting. The FTC’s contracting counselors and instructors have over 200 years of combined experience in all forms of government contracting. Since its inception, The FTC’s procurement assistance program has assisted over 8,300 businesses that have reported receiving 18,296 contract awards valued at $1.1 billion in federal, state, and local government prime contracts and subcontracts. Using the federal standard, $1.1 billion in contract awards equates to 21,095 jobs created or retained. Approximately $897 million of these awards were federal contracts, which could have gone to businesses in other states without The FTC’s assistance.
Pre-registration is required due to limited seating. Please register online at www.TheFTC.org. For questions or further information, please call El Dorado County Economic Development at 530-621-5147.