Special to The Ely Times

There is a free workshop coming to to Ely for business owners who are interested in learning more about government contracting.

The federal government is the largest single customer in the world and they spend almost $500 billion per year on goods and services. Current regulations also require that 23% of all federal prime contract dollars be awarded to small businesses, so how does a small business compete for federal contracts?

The government uses a variety of methods to purchase goods and services, from multi-year negotiated contracts to simple commercial item credit card purchases. Business owners will need to meet a few regulatory formalities to make sure they’re qualified and registered to sell to the government.

The Nevada Small Business Development Center (Nevada SBDC) and the Nevada Procurement Technical Assistance Center (Nevada PTAC) are sponsoring a workshop to help local businesses learn how to contract with government entities in order to grow their business. Maggie Neidigh of the Nevada PTAC will be presenting the free workshop, providing attendees with information and tips on the basics of government contracting.

Learn the basics of marketing and selling your products and services to federal government agencies. What does it take to become a successful government contractor? During this workshop the presenters will discuss:

•What is procurement?

•What does the government buy?

•How does the government buy?

•Opportunities for small businesses

•Certifications and registrations

•Market research tools

•Resources available to help

•Meet the BLM’s Ely District purchasing agent – Martha Braddock

•Access to capital – David Leonard, SBA

•Business counseling services – Tamera Brown, Nevada SBDC

Done right and with plenty of pre-planning and research, small business owners can successfully land their share of federal business.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 1:00pm-2:30pm at the BLM Ely District Office conference room. Free to the public. RSVP: http://nsbdc.org/education-training/business-training-calendar/ or by phone 775-772-2891. Program questions contact Tamera Brown (775) 772-2891, or tamerabrown@unr.edu.