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County to Host April 3 Workshop: “Marketing & Selling to the County, State and Federal Government”

March 15, 2012

March 15, 2012

County to Host April 3 Workshop: “Marketing & Selling to the County, State and Federal Government”

Are you ready to learn the fundamentals of doing business with the government? Let us help you develop an action plan for government marketing and meet the experts who can take your business sales to the next level. We understand that our small business owners’ time is a limited resource, and we have combined our “Doing Business with the Government” workshops into one full-morning program focusing on the three levels of government. This program will only be offered once in the central Bucks area this year.

On Tuesday, April 3, 2012, the County of Bucks Business Development Department, in conjunction with the Bucks County Commissioners, and the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce, kicks off the Fulton Bank 2012 Financial Series with “Marketing & Selling Your Products and Services to the County, State and Federal Government.” The workshop will be held at the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce, 252 W. Swamp Road, Bailiwick Office Campus Suite 23, Doylestown, PA  18901.  Networking and registration begin at 8:15 a.m. The program starts promptly at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 12:30 p.m. The workshop is designed for business owners and entrepreneurs who want to learn more about government procurement procedures, or are searching for sales opportunities with the government sector.

The federal government is the largest purchaser of goods and services in the world. The Pennsylvania Department of General Services (DGS) purchases more than $4.5 billion in goods and services each year, and the County of Bucks purchases in excess of $60 million annually. Topics to be detailed by an expert panel will include:

  • Goods and services purchased by government agencies and departments;
  • Navigating and understanding government procurement regulations;
  • Tips on finding government business opportunities;
  • Exploration of the procurement cycle process from bid to contract to payment;
  • Discussion of the qualifications to become certified as a women, minority, or veteran-owned business;

Scheduled members of the panel will include:

  • Maureen Wilson McIlvaine, CPPO, CPPB, director of the Bucks County Purchasing department
  • Curtis Burwell, equal opportunity manager, Department of General Services, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Paula Watts, business development specialist, U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Faye M. Fitz, government marketing specialist, Temple University Small Business Development Center.

Pre-registration is requested due to limited seating; however, there is no charge to attend the event. To register for the workshop, please contact the County of Bucks Business Development Administrator, Sonia Smith, at  215-345-3839 or at srsmith@co.bucks.pa.us.

The County of Bucks Business Development department provides business start-up assistance and helps companies sustain, expand, or enter the Bucks County market.  Its free services include resource provision, workshop education, and networking opportunities. For more information about the county’s Business Development programs and offerings, please visit the official County of Bucks website, www.buckscounty.org.