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Workshop Gives Small Businesses “Inside Info” on Government Contracts

Nearly 200 small business representatives showed up at Santee City Hall on Friday, February 19, to attend a Government Small Business Procurement Outreach Workshop, organized by the San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center (SDCOC) (also known as the Procurement Technical Assistance Center [PTAC]), hosted by the City of Santee and the Santee Chamber of Commerce, and sponsored by the San Diego County Water Authority.  The goal of the workshop was to provide small business owners with the information they need in order to compete successfully for contracts with all levels of government.  From the people I spoke with, the event was very successful, with useful information and good networking opportunities.

Congressman Duncan D. Hunter (CA-52) and Santee Mayor Randy Voepel kicked off the day by welcoming attendees and speakers, before the presentation of the first annual Donald G. Preis Small Business Recognition Award.  This award, given to a company that successfully puts into practice the techniques taught at previous workshops, honors the SDCOC’s long-time organizer of the event, Don Preis, who passed away last year.  (For more on Don and his contribution to Santee and small businesses, click here.)  His wife, Joan, was in attendance as the award was given to Advertising Edge, an East County company that specializes in branding and promotional items.

The speakers’ list read like a who’s-who of San Diego area government agencies.  In addition to the San Diego County Water Authority, SPAWAR, SANDAG, the Metropolitan Water District, the County of San Diego, and several more agencies provided representatives to speak to the attendees.  The day also included networking time and information tables to allow business owners to share ideas with each other or to speak face-to-face with agency representatives.  Among the business owners, two I managed to speak with during break times were Chris Eader of No More Geysers (a water conservation device) and Richard Cloonan, DDS, who has developed The Answer (a patented oral care product being used at Edgemoor Hospital and similar facilities).

If you have a small business in Santee, the SDCOC has a satellite office at the Santee Chamber of Commerce exclusively to help you.  The office is open on Thursdays from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.  Thanks to the City of Santee for helping to fund the office through its economic growth outreach efforts.  Thanks also go out to Tim Warren, Sr. Procurement Specialist at SDCOC, Pam White, Assistant to the Executive Director at the City of Santee, and Warren Savage, Executive Director of the Santee Chamber of Commerce.

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Santee Deputy City Manager Named Monty Award Honoree

Santee’s own Pedro Orso-Delgado, Deputy City Manager, has been named as one of the 12 Monty Award Honorees for 2010. The Monty Awards are presented each year by San Diego State University to graduates who have “made significant contributions to the university, the San Diego community or California, nationally or internationally.” Orso-Delgado has been chosen as the outstanding graduate from the College of Engineering, and is being honored for “significant contributions to the field of civil engineering.” Before coming to Santee, he was a district director for CALTRANS, where he instituted widely recognized innovations that brought international attention to his district. Orso-Delgado and the other 11 will be honored at a gala dinner and awards ceremony at the Hotel del Coronado on April 24.

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Small Business Seminar

The Santee Chamber of Commerce, City of Santee, and San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center are hosting a Federal Small Business Procurement Outreach Seminar on Friday, February 20.  The seminar will be held at the Santee City Hall Community Rooms at 10601 N Magnolia Ave. from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.  The early registration fee is $35, and walk-in registration is $45 (starting at 7:30 am).  The fee also includes a Continental breakfast, brown bag lunch, and a list of attendees.

What is this seminar all about?  The announcement says, “The Workshop is directed towards small, small-disadvantaged, and women-owned businesses.  The program will cover the process involved in completing the necessary registrations and information on how to pursue business opportunities with federal government agencies.”

Among the speakers will be representatives from the U.S. Navy, NAVFAC SW, SPAWAR, MCTSSA, Navy Special Warfare Command, General Services Administration, Small Business Administration, and other government agencies.  This workshop is always well-organized and provides great information for attendees.

For more information you can call 619-449-6572.  To download a registration form go to http://ptac-sandiego.org/userfiles/file/2_20%20Registration.pdf

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