Castor hosts workshop on government contracts

12/04/09 Arielle Stevenson
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About 80 local business owners gathered at the University of South Florida’s Small Business Development Center today for a workshop on how to obtain government contracts. The workshop was hosted by Congresswoman Kathy Castor, in an effort to help minority-, women- and veteran-owned businesses acquire government contracts and thus improve the local economy.

Dinora Gonzalez is with the U.S. General Services Administration. She told local business owners that they must inform themselves on who the key government entities are that could be interested in purchasing their products.

Gonzalez recommended that business owners register with federal contracting sites and make sure they know who their buyers are, instead of trying to sell to everyone. Malik Ali works at the Florida Minority supplier development council. He works with companies who are trying to diversify their suppliers to incorporate larger minority demographics.

At the end of the day’s first session business owners went around the room introducing themselves, in an effort to form partnerships within the local community. For Amy Frederick, who runs a local clerical and marketing company and attended today’s workshop, the challenges extend beyond the struggling economy both locally and nationally.

Local business owners interested in pursuing government contracts can go online to

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