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MN PTAC to hold small business workshops

BEMIDJI – Procurement Technical Assistance Center Minnesota will hold a workshop 9 a.m. to noon Thursday at Beltrami Electric Cooperative in Bemidji for Targeted Group small businesses, veteran-owned small businesses and others interested in pursuing government contracts.

 These workshops will focus on partnerships with the Minnesota Department of Transportation and are designed to help companies expand their market share, increase revenues and grow their businesses.

 Presenters will provide insights on how bidding preference works, eligibility requirements, future project opportunities with MnDOT and other governmental agencies and opportunities to network with other businesses.

 Registration for the workshop is required in advance at

 For details, call 612-259-6568.

 PTAC assists Minnesota businesses identify, compete for, and win government contracts. Experienced counselors provide one-on-one assistance to companies, while electronic tools are used to identify contract opportunities relevant to each company’s capabilities. PTAC also provides training seminars on all aspects of government contracting. MN PTAC is a program of the Metropolitan Economic Development Association.



 MnDOT has initiated a Targeted Group Outreach Program to help small businesses learn how to bid on state funded projects. MN PTAC has a contract with MnDOT to facilitate this outreach initiative.

 To be certified as a Targeted Group small business, the business must be at least 51 percent owned by a woman, racial minority or person with a substantial physical disability. In addition, the business must be operated and controlled on a day-today, long-term basis by the qualifying owner.


 MnDOT has initiated a Veterans Outreach Project to help veteran-owned small businesses learn how to bid on state funded projects.

 In an effort to identify and help verify veteran-owned small businesses, Duff Consulting, in partnership with MN PTAC, has a contract with MnDOT to facilitate this outreach initiative, designed to foster job creation through government contracts for veterans across Minnesota.