CIE Announces Workshop for Companies Wanting to Sell to Government

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 10, 2011 — Helping small, woman-owned and minority-owned businesses successfully sell to the government is the focus of an upcoming workshop offered by the Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) through its Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) at Southeast Missouri State University.

The “Government Marketing Fundamentals” workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, March 30, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. inside City Hall in Park Hills, Mo. The program will be presented by Dr. Joe Frank, a program specialist based in St. Louis with the Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Center (MO PTAC).

The workshop will help participants understand the mechanics of becoming an approved bidder for government procurement and learn how to find and bid on government procurement opportunities. 

“Federal, state and local governments buy billions of dollars’ worth of products and services from small businesses every year.  The PTAC program is a tremendous resource helping connect Missouri businesses with those procurement opportunities,” said Russell Humphrey, director of the CIE’s Small Business and Technology Development Center.

To register, call Glenna Ervin at (573) 986-6084. There is a $40 fee to attend this workshop and pre-registration is required.

The Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) at Southeast Missouri State University is one of the most comprehensive entrepreneurship-focused university centers in the Midwest, offering a wide array of academic and outreach programs and services, including: innovation development and research; entrepreneurship education, training and mentorship; and business incubation and development services.  The CIE, led by executive director Dr. James Stapleton, supports Southeast Missouri State University’s strategic priority to advance the region’s economic appeal and strength by accelerating local and regional economic growth and development that improves the quality of lives, communities and businesses in southeast Missouri and the surrounding region.

For more information about the Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial support services it offers, call (573) 651-2929 or visit www.semo.edu/cie.

Small Business & Technology Development Centers are funded through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions, or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. Programs are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact Russell Humphrey at (573) 986-6082 or rahumphrey@semo.edu to make arrangements.