Contractor Session Is Kicking Off

March 30, 2008
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A class for companies that would like to become government contractors will be offered 8:30 a.m.-noon April 10 at Grand Valley State University’s DeVos Center in downtown Grand Rapids by the Procurement Technical Assistance Center of Muskegon Area First.

Prior registration is required and the deadline is April 2. Call (231) 722-7700 to register. A continental breakfast is included.

Pamela Poort, director of the Muskegon Area First PTAC, said the class costs $40 per person and is open to representatives from companies in a 14-county region including Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon, Newaygo, Montcalm, Ionia and Barry counties.

The federal government "is the largest purchaser in the world," noted Poort, and the class is "a complete overview of state and federal contracting requirements — what it takes to sell to those two markets."

"It really gives (attendees) an opportunity to look at all aspects of government contracting and make a good decision on whether they want to do it or not," said Poort.

Poort said a company whose top management is not committed to an attempt to obtain federal contracts probably should not pursue it because of the amount of time it takes. The required investment in time and effort should also eliminate a company that is already at full capacity and doesn't really need more orders or contracts, she added.

During the last federal fiscal year — Oct. 1, 2006-Sept. 30, 2007 — federal contracts in the 14-county region served by the Muskegon Area First PTAC were worth more than $48 million, according to Poort.

The class provides an overview of state and federal contracting requirements, and will be presented two more times this year at DeVos Center: July 10 and Oct. 9. It will also be offered at Muskegon Community College on May 14, Aug. 13 and Nov. 12; and at Central Michigan University on June 13, Sept. 10 and Dec. 10.

PTACs were set up all over Michigan in 1983 to provide government contracting technical assistance to businesses, which will support economic development and growth. Each PTAC is a not-for-profit organization, funded by state and federal agencies.

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