Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Grow Business by Procuring Government Contracts

Tapping into government waters
Grow Business by Procuring Government Contracts

In an ever changing economy, are you looking for a new pipeline to success? Want to learn how to tap into those government waters and fill up your cup with great jobs and contracts? The Lake Havasu Area Chamber of Commerce is offering a special seminar in early April to show you the way.

“Tapping into Government Waters” will be presented Thursday, April 3 from 7:30 – 9 a.m. in the Bridgeview Room at Shugrue’s Restaurant, 1425 N. McCulloch Blvd. Presented and sponsored by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD), the event includes a complimentary breakfast and presentations regarding doing business with regional government entities.

Mayor Mark Nexsen will open the session. He will be followed by Jim Nafsey, who will give a history on the Colorado River and MWD; then John Arena, MWD’s Business Outreach Program Manager who will speak on MWD’s many vendor opportunities for local businesses. Additional speakers are Sandy McCormack, Budget and Financial Operations Manager for the city; and Travis Lingenfelter, Mohave County’s Procurement Director. McCormack and Lingenfelter will address the audience on doing business with their respective entities.

Also making presentations are Jerry Dukauskas and Shivani Desai from the Small Business Administration. Dukauskas will speak on SBA programs and Desai will teach those in attendance how to compete for government opportunities.

This presentation is designed for a broad range of businesses that provide services ranging from parking lot maintenance to computer sales and service, according to Lisa Krueger, the Chamber’s President/CEO.

“There are plenty of opportunities for local businesses to grow their income by working for and on government contracts and jobs. Unfortunately, there’s a misconception that getting your foot into the door is difficult and that there are too many hoops to jump through once you’re there,” Krueger said.
“This isn’t always the case. Governmental agencies can be and want to be our customers. We’re currently dealing with significant economic issues and we’re missing the boat if we don’t take the opportunity to learn about some alternative ways to maintain our businesses and our local economy,” she added.

RSVP’s are required for the event, to reserve your seat please call April Driggs at the Chamber, 928-855-4115 or send an email to aprild@havasuchamber.com