Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Workshop to Help Manufacturers Expand into Federal Contracting

The federal government spends more than $400 billion a year for goods and services, and South Dakota companies now have a chance to learn how to get a bigger piece of that federal pie.

On Monday, Oct. 25, South Dakota manufacturers can attend a one-day workshop in Oacoma on the process to obtain federal contracts.

“South Dakota manufacturers can be very competitive in this marketplace, but they have to take the time to get educated about how to deal with the federal paperwork,” Gov. Mike Rounds said. “This is a great way to learn the ropes of doing business with the federal government.”

South Dakota has more than 400 top-notch manufacturing companies, adds Richard Benda, secretary of the Department of Tourism and State Development.

“They have the technical ability to fulfill contracts for the federal government. This workshop will give them some additional administrative know-how,” Benda said.

Company officials attending the workshop will hear from business leaders who are practiced in securing federal contracts, learn how to obtain necessary operating certificates, hear from companies on sub-contracting opportunities, and be connected with additional contracting resources.

The workshop is sponsored by the Small Business Administration, the South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development, the Small Business Development Center, South Dakota Manufacturing & Technology Solutions, Procurement Technical Assistance Center and the Planning & Development District III.

The workshop is at Cedar Shore Resort in Oacoma and runs from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. CDT. The workshop is free, but companies must register by Thursday, Oct. 21.

To register, contact Jean Rogers at 605-330-4243, extension 29, or visit

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