Free workshops will show how to do business with the government

Learn the rules of doing business with the government at free half-day workshops this month in Buhl and Hailey.

The Buhl workshop will be Jan. 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Buhl City Hall, 203 Broadway Avenue N.

The workshop will be repeated in Hailey Jan. 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at AmericInn, 51 Cobblestone Lane.

The program will feature presenters from ITD, the Idaho Department of Commerce, the Idaho Division of Purchasing, the U.S. Small Business Administration and Mountain Home Air Force Base.

Participants will discuss bidding with the state of Idaho, requirements for bidding as a federal contractor, how business certifications can give an advantage and services available, like free bid-matching.

Other topics to be covered include how to learn about government contracts and how to compete for them, the difference between state and federal contracting, understanding the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program, 8(a) Business Development Program, HUBZone Certification, other business certifications and where to go for assistance.

For more information about the workshop, call DBE Support Services Coordinator Liz Healas at (208) 334-8567 or e-mail her at A registration flier can be downloaded at 

Published 1-6-2012