Southeastern SBDC to host government contracting course

Tuesday, August 23, 2016
by: Tonya Lowentritt

     HAMMOND – The Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Louisiana University is hosting a government contracting course in Hammond on Tuesday, Sept. 13.
     Co-sponsored by Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), Tangipahoa Economic Development, and the Greater Hammond Chamber of Commerce, the free course will take place at the Southeast Louisiana Business Center, located at 1514 Martens Dr.
     Representatives from Louisiana Economic Development, the Office of State Procurement, and Louisiana PTAC will serve as speakers for the course.
     Topics to be covered for Louisiana Economic Development Business Services include an overview and hands-on registration; Small and Emerging Business Development (SEBD) program, which provides funds for development assistance, including entrepreneurial training, marketing, computer skills, accounting, legal and industry-specific assistance; the Hudson Initiative, a certification program offering greater access to purchasing and contracting opportunities at the state governmental level; Veteran Initiative, which  helps veteran-owned and service-connected disabled veterans’ small businesses gain greater access to purchasing and contracting opportunities at the state level; and the Bonding Assistance Program, a program that aids small construction companies in obtaining bid, payment and performance bonds needed to obtain work on substantial building projects.
     Topics to be covered for the Office of State Procurement include methods of procurement, types of state contracts, vendor registration, types of solicitations, and how quasi-state agencies buy via the Louisiana Procurement and Contract Network (LaPac).
     Topics for Louisiana PTAC include information on Louisiana PTAC and disaster contracting in state of Louisiana emergencies.
     “If you are interested in completing your registration for SEBD, Veterans Initiative, or Hudson Initiative, please bring your laptop/electronic device to the meeting,” said SBDC Assistant Director Sandy Summers. “Representatives will be available to assist with this process. Upon registration, a listing of the items needed to complete the registration will be emailed to you.”
     For more information on the courses, call 985-549-3831. Registration is available on line at

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