PTAC Hosts SBA Women-owned Business Training

Genesee Regional PTAC(FLINT, MICH. – JULY 7) Are you a woman business owner with an interest in expanding your business through government contracting?  Have you considered learning more about how to become eligible to participate in federal government contracting opportunities?  On Tuesday, July 12, to help women-owned businesses gain access to federal government opportunities, the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) of the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce will host the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) training seminar on the WOSB, the 8(a) Business Development Program and the Historically Underutilized Business Zone Program (HUBZone) Certification Orientation.  The event will take place from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the Regional Chamber in the Mott Board Room.

Tim Herman, CEO of the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce says partnering with the SBA to offer the WOSB training presents an important opportunity for businesses in the region.

“The Regional Chamber’s PTAC is committed to helping area businesses improve their bottom line, identify new growth opportunities and bring more government contracting to the region,” said Herman.  “Working with the SBA to provide training and assistance for women business owners reflects the spirit of collaboration necessary to provide avenues of growth for area businesses.”

The SBA training focuses on providing WOSB eligibility requirements and contract set-asides, as well as the step-by-step requirements for certification.  Participants will also learn about the 8(a) small business disadvantaged business program, which provides business assistance for socially and economically disadvantaged businesses interested in accessing the federal procurement market.  In addition, attendees will learn more about the HUBZone, which is designed to stimulate economic development and create jobs in urban and rural communities by providing federal contracting assistance to small businesses.

According to Dustin Frigy, Director of PTAC for the Regional Chamber, women-owned businesses have a great opportunity to tap into new federal government contracting opportunities through this program.  He says working with the federal government can definitely help diversify your business.

“If you are a women business owner, then you should absolutely attend this training,” said Frigy.  “The SBA will provide the nuts and bolts of what you need to know to take part in the new WOSB program that launched in February of this year and PTAC can provide hands on assistance throughout the application process.  This new program is designed to provide a greater chance for women business owners to win contracts.  If you’ve considered growing your business through government contracting, this is a must attend event.”

Business owners interested in government contracting or currently pursuing government contracting are encouraged to attend.  Attendees will also learn about the services and resources the Regional Chamber PTAC has available to help with the contracting process.  There is no cost to attend the training, but registration is required.  The regional chamber is located at 519 S. Saginaw St. in downtown Flint

For more information or to register contact Chelsea Schutz at (810) 600-1437 or ptac@flintandgenesee.org.