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LSBDC at Southeastern to host class on proposal preparation

 

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 
by: Tonya Lowentritt 


     HAMMOND – The Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Louisiana University, along with SBA and PTAC, will host two free programs in Hammond in February - one on 8(a) certification and one on developing a strong winning proposal. Both seminars are scheduled at the Southeast Louisiana Business Center, located at 1514 Martens Dr., room 208.
     The first seminar, “8(a) Certification,” is scheduled Feb. 12, from 9 to 11 a.m.
     “The SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program, named for a section of the Small Business Act, is a program created to help small, disadvantaged businesses compete in the American economy and access the federal procurement market, said SBDC Training Coordinator Karen Romero. “During this workshop, we will walk you through the completion of the online certification process.”
     Romero said basic eligibility requirements for businesses include the following:
     • the business must be a small business
     • the business must be unconditionally owned and controlled by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals who are of good character and citizens of the US
     • the business must be daily managed by one or more socially and economically disadvantaged individuals who are of good character and citizens of the US
     • the business must demonstrate the potential for success (two-year rule).
     Topics include eligibility criteria for Section 8(a) program participation, overview of the electronic application, review of the required supporting documentation, guidance in completing the electronic application and uploading required documents, and additional information as needed by participants.
     Guest speaker for the workshop is SBA Deputy District Director for the Louisiana District Office, Jo Ann Lawrence.
     The second seminar titled “Developing a Strong Winning Proposal” is scheduled Feb. 19 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The guest speaker is PTAC Program Manager, Cindy Carrier.
     Topics to be covered include understanding government procurement instruments; effectively responding to requests for government proposals; what today’s winning proposal looks like; exchanges/communications with contracting officers; best value to the government; how the government evaluates proposals; proposal conferences; helpful hints writing proposals; things to avoid in proposal writing; and developing cost and pricing.
     There is no cost to attend the events, but registration is preferred. For more information, call 985-549-3831 or email lsbdc.slu@lsbdc.org. Registration is available online at www.lsbdc.org.




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