Government Contracting Workshops

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SBA Connecticut District Office

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Upcoming Series on Government Contracting - hosted by the Women's Business Center, The Center for Professional Development at the University of Hartford 

Understanding How Federal and State of Connecticut Bids are Posted
Friday, October 26, 2012
9:30 am – 12pm
Free workshop
To register, visit
This seminar will explore where federal and state bids are posted and will provide a brief overview of how to respond to these solicitations. We will explore the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) and CT State’s Bid Portal websites and will demonstrate how to locate specific bids, find past contracts, and select bids that are restricted or set-aside to certain socio-economic groups, etc.

Doing Business with the State of Connecticut, The Metropolitan District Commission (MDC) and the City of Hartford
Friday, November 16, 2012
1 - 4 pm
Free workshop
To register, please contact Lisa Powell of the U.S. Small Business Administration at 860.240.4892 or
This workshop will outline doing business with the State of Connecticut, the State’s Bid Portal and the Supplier Diversity Program. It will also cover how to bid on contracts with the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC). In addition, the City of Hartford will be covering its procurement process, Capital Impact Program, small contract/minority women business enterprise program.

Women-Owned Business Set-Aside and SAM
Friday, December 7, 2012
9:30am – 12pm
Free workshop
To register: visit
This seminar will outline the various State and Federal Set-Aside Programs affecting Women Owned Businesses through identifying the intent of each program, eligibility requirements, benefits of certification, and how to become certified.
The government has set forth procedures to help ensure a level playing field on which women-owned small businesses (WOSBs) can compete for Federal contracting opportunities, while helping achieve the existing statutory goal that 5 percent of federal contracting dollars go to WOSBs. This rule will be reviewed in detail identifying the applicable NAICS Codes and corresponding industries. The government’s new registration system called System for Award Management (SAM) will also be reviewed.