The SD Center for Enterprise Opportunity (SD CEO), located on the campus of Black Hills State University, is hosting a seminar, “Introduction to Federal Contracting,” at the University Center-Rapid City, Tuesday, March 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (M.S.T.) in room 127. The seminar will also be available via the Dakota Digital Network (DDN) at Northern State University, South Dakota State University, University of South Dakota and the University Center- Sioux Falls.

“Business owners can gain access to the world’s largest customer through federal contracting,” says Sandy Burns, president of Project Solutions, Inc.

The seminar will cover essential information and provide expert advice on how to develop a detailed strategy for winning federal contracts, how to compete for federal dollars, and what strategies are needed for forming successful partnerships to secure contracts.

Topics will include: prime and subcontracting opportunities presented by contracting officers Bernie Clemens from Ellsworth Air Force Base, Todd Pond from Veteran Affairs, and Kandra Martz from the National Park Service; an overview of certification programs and the System for Award Management (SAM) presented by Jennifer Oberg of the Procurement Technical Assistance Center; ten things you need to know about doing business with the government presented by Sandy Burns, Project Solutions, Inc.; how to market to the government presented by Helen Usera, Project Solutions, Inc.; and strategic bidding presented by Greg Hansen, Project Solutions, Inc.

Cost of the seminar is $15, which includes a sack lunch. If attending at a DDN location, the cost is $10 and does not include lunch. The registration deadline is March 25. To register or learn more visit www.BHSU.edu/SDCEO or call Brittni Skipper, program assistant, at 605-642-6435.

The SD CEO is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The support given by the U.S. Small Business Administration through such funding does not constitute an expressed or implied endorsement of any of the components or participants’ opinions, products or services. SD CEO operates under Cooperative Agreement SBAHQ-11-W-0038. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.