To help local business owners win state contracts, Rep. Gino Polidori and the Dearborn Chamber of Commerce are hosting a Buy Michigan First seminar at Henry Ford Community College on October 9th. The State of Michigan’s Department of Management and Budget Director, Lisa Webb Sharpe, will also address the attendees.
Rebecca Nevai, Buy Michigan First vendor outreach coordinator will speak on topics such as: bidding opportunities, how to register as a State vendor, free resources for research and bid preparation, and navigating the State contracting process. The State’s Department of Management and Budget, Purchasing Operations, has a contract portfolio of 1,100 contracts, worth $23 billion dollars.
Other speakers will include regional representatives from the Michigan Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACS) and Michigan Small Business Technology and Development Centers (SBTDC). These organizations offer a variety of free services to business owners. The PTACs services include free bid matching services, and assistance researching and bidding on federal contracts. The SBTDCs services include free assistance with marketing plans, business plans, financial and organizational assessments.
The event will be held on Friday, October 9th, from 9:00 a.m. to Noon at the Forfa Auditorium, Andrew A. Mazzara Administrative Services and Conference Center at Henry Ford Community College, 5101 Evergreen, Dearborn, MI 48128. Registration check in begins at 8:30 a.m.
The event is free, but seating is limited, so registration is required. Please pre-register at http://ptacofsc.ecenterdirect.com or by calling 734-462-4438.
The Business Development Unit, within the State’s Department of Management and Budget, Purchasing Operations supports the Buy Michigan First initiative, which seeks to encourage Michigan businesses, including under-represented groups, to compete for Michigan contracts. The unit travels around the State and delivers presentations and seminars to Michigan business owners about contacting opportunities and navigating the State contracting process.
If you have questions, please contact:
Buy Michigan First Coordinator
Business Development Unit, Purchasing Operations
Department of Management and Budget
530 West Allegan – Mason Bldg., 2nd Floor
Lansing, MI 48933
Email: [email protected]
Check out the new solicitation system! Go to www.bid4michigan.com and register.