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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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Small Business Events for February

The Santee Chamber of Commerce and City of Santee are hosting two small business events next week, on Thursday and Friday, February 18 and 19.  These are excellent opportunities to get information and assistance for your business.  Both events will be held at Santee City Hall, Building 8, 10601 N. Magnolia Ave.

The first event is the Business Partnerships for Progress Workshop: Sales in Recessionary Times on Thursday, February 18, from 7:30-9:30 am.  Rose Avila, PhD, of RMA Consulting will be the lead speaker.  The Workshop will focus on sales essentials and will include discussion time and mentoring with Chamber members.

The second event is the Government Small Business Procurement Outreach Workshop on Friday, February 19, from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, with registration starting at 7:30 am.  Cost for the day is $35 if registered by February 18 or $45 at the door. and includes Continental breakfast, brown bag lunch, and a list of participants.  Speakers will include representatives from the U.S. Navy, SANDAG, MTS, and U.S. Representative Duncan D. Hunter.  The goal of this Workshop is to assist small businesses that are interested in bidding for government contracts.

Both workshops  are designed to help small business owners to succeed in these difficult times.  For more information contact the Santee Chamber of Commerce at 619-449-6572 or email info@santee-chamber.org.

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