The South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity and Black Hills State University will host a business seminar, Federal and State Contracting 101: “Grow Your Company,” Tuesday, Nov. 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the BHSU Student Union, Jacket Legacy Room.
Federal and state contracting offers great opportunities for small business to increase their business volume. The Federal Government is the world’s largest buyer of goods and services, with purchases totaling more than $425 billion per year and the state of South Dakota purchases $1.2 billion annually.

The government especially encourages small businesses to bid on contracts for some of these needs. In fact, federal agencies are required to establish contracting goals, with at least 23 percent of all government buying targeted to small firms; 5 percent is mandated for women owned businesses.

Take advantage of this opportunity to learn from federal and state procurement officers the do’s and don’ts of contracting with federal or state agencies. Learn what opportunities may be available as a prime or sub contractor. Representatives from the SBA, Procurement Technical Assistance Center, Ellsworth Air Force Base, the State of SD Procurement Office and others will be in attendance.

Located in Woodburn Hall on the BHSU campus in Spearfish, the SD CEO was established to provide management and business assistance, training, and counseling for entrepreneurs. It is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. SBA, and is part of a network of more than 110 centers nationwide established through the SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership. While services are available to all those interested in entrepreneurship, there is a special emphasis on women, women veterans, Native Americans, socially and/or economically disadvantaged, and youth entrepreneurs.

The SD CEO is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). This seminar is co-sponsored by Dakota Rising, an organization designed to spur South Dakota’s rural economy.

For more information contact visit www.BHSU.edu/sdceo or call Melissa Hampton, program assistant, at (605) 642-6435.