You can view Fox 31′s report of the event by clicking right here.
The kick-off event came as a result of the recent adoption of a small business program by the City Commissioners of Albany. The program is designed to increase the number of City contract awards, and other procurements, to local small businesses, and thereby build business capacity, create jobs, and strengthen the local economy.
To be eligible to participate in the City’s program, a business must be located in the city limits of Albany or in Dougherty County.
Businesses located outside the Albany area can realize benefits from the program by utilizing Albany-area businesses as partners, subcontractors and suppliers.
There are many benefits that Albany-area businesses will realize by participating in the new Small Business Procurement Program, including:
• Customized training on how to do business with the City of Albany, including instruction on how to prepare bids and proposals.
• Instruction and counseling on all aspects of government contracting, including how to effectively market your business in the government arena.
• Detailed information about upcoming contract opportunities with the City, other local governments in the area, the State of Georgia, and federal agencies – as often as daily.
• An on-line vendor directory for use by the City, other local governments, prime contractors and local small businesses to identify business sources and develop relationships.
• Exclusive access to bid on City contracts valued at less than $50,000, through the City’s sheltered market program.
• A purchasing preference on City contracts involving requests for proposals and other solicitations involving proposal evaluation factors.
• Invitations to attend matchmaking and networking events, exclusively designed to help Albany-area businesses build business relationships and partnerships.
To participate, a company first must be certified as an Albany Small Business Enterprise (ASBE). Help is available to assist Albany businesses with this application process. There will be a one-time $25 fee to cover the City’s cost of program administration.
The City of Albany recently partnered with Georgia Tech to provide management and administrative support to the Small Business Procurement Program. Experienced government contracting experts from Georgia Tech will providing the training, instruction, and counseling to the Albany-area small businesses participating in the program.
If you missed the Oct. 18th kick-off event, it’s not too late to enroll in the program. You can do so by one of two ways:
- You can attend the next orientation session. They are scheduled on Nov. 17, 2011, and Jan. 5, Feb. 9, and Mar. 16, 2011. To register to attend any of these free orientations, simply click here.
- You can apply to participate in the City of Albany’s Small Business Procurement Program by downloading an application form here.
For more information or assistance, contact Clovia Hamilton at firstname.lastname@example.org.