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SBDC to host events on government contracts, exports

Here are a couple of news releases from Western Washington’s Small Business Development Center about some upcoming events it is hosting about government contracts and exports:

BELLINGHAM — The WWU Small Business Development Center is hosting two government contracting workshops, “Government Contracting 101 and Tips on Marketing to the Government” from 9-11:30 a.m. and “Certifications and Funding” from 1-3:30 p.m. on Oct. 15 at the SBDC office at 115 Unity St. #101 in Bellingham.

Both workshops are free and open to the public.

The federal government is the world’s largest consumer and buys virtually everything, and state and local governments are also large consumers. Doing business with the government is complicated. Attend these two free workshops to gain insight into the government marketplace and if you qualify, to obtain certifications that enhance your competitiveness.

Registration for the workshops is required and those interested can register online at http://washingtonptac.org/events-workshops/.

The workshops are presented at no charge by Economic Alliance of Snohomish County in partnership with SBDC, Port of Bellingham, Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce, and City of Bellingham.

Western’s SBDC is part of the most comprehensive small-business alliance in the United States, with more than 1,000 active SBDC programs across the country. It receives support from the United States Small Business Administration, Whatcom County, the Port of Bellingham, and the City of Bellingham. Since 1983, Western’s SBDC has given back to the business community and helped to shape the economic future of Whatcom County by providing free, confidential advising, technical assistance, and research to business owners and managers in an effort to help businesses thrive.

For more information, contact Jennifer Shelton, director of Western’s Small Business Development Center, at (360) 778-1762.

BELLINGHAM — Western Washington University’s Small Business Development Center will host a round table discussion on taking advantage of increased exports out of the United States from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 28 at the WWU SBDC Conference Room at 115 Unity St. #101, Bellingham.

Sharon Sappington, Washington Small Business Development Centers (WSBDC) trade specialist from Seattle Export Center, will be available for free consultation. The round table discussion is free and open to the public.

Exports of goods and services over the last 12 months are 46.6 percent above the level of exports in 2009, and these high numbers show that exports stamped “made in America” are sought after for their quality, reliability, and innovation. The highest mark for any month ever recorded was in July 2014. The discussion will feature ideas and ways for businesses to tap into these opportunities.

Western’s SBDC is part of the most comprehensive small-business alliance in the United States, with more than 1,000 active SBDC programs across the country. It receives support from the United States Small Business Administration, Whatcom County, Port of Bellingham, and City of Bellingham. Since 1983, Western’s SBDC has given back to the business community and helped shape the economic future of Whatcom County by providing free, confidential advising, technical assistance, and research to business owners and managers in an effort to help businesses thrive.

For more information or anyone interested in attending, email sbdc@wwu.edu or by calling Jennifer Shelton, director of Western’s SBDC, at (360) 778-1762.

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