Workshops give tips on doing business with the government

Business owners and operators can learn the basic rules of doing business with the government at two free workshops in north-central Idaho this month.   

A workshop in Lewiston is scheduled for Wednesday (March 20), from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Red Lion Inn, 621 21st St.

The workshop will be repeated in Grangeville the next day (March 21),also from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Super 8 Motel, 801 SW 1st St.
The program will feature presenters from ITD, the Idaho Department of Commerce and the U.S. Small Business Administration, as well as a federal contracting officer.
Participants will get an overview on 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 email her at Anyone interested also can download a registration flier.

Published 3-15-13