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Government Contracting Workshop Series

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

The government contracting workshop series hosted by the Aurora-South Metro SBDC and sponsored by Connect2DOT and the Minority Business Office is wrapping up for 2019.  The workshops range from the perspective of a business wanting to discover the market potential for their business and what the government buys to the existing business wanting to become better at obtaining and maintaining government contracts.

"Construction Scheduling & Project Management" is coming up THIS FRIDAY, September 6th, 9AM - 11AM, at the Aurora Municipal Center.  This workshop is an excellent example of how an existing business can improve on contract delivery and efficiencies.  The instructor has over 30 years in the construction industry.  Read more and register here.

Other upcoming workshops include "Is Certification Right For Your Business", Friday, September 13th, 1PM - 3PM, "Your Capability Statement" on Friday, October 18th, 1PM - 3PM, and "Marketing To Prime Contractors" -- recently added to the line-up -- Friday, November 1st, 1PM - 3PM.

All of the above will take place at the Aurora Municipal Center.  Click here to register.

        


Navigating CDOT Systems

Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Do you want to know more about how to do business with the Colorado Department of Transportation?  Here's your chance.  There's a free webinar TOMORROW, July 17th, 11AM - 12PM -- Navigating CDOT Systems, presented by the Program Manager for the Connect2DOT program, Cathy Kramer.

You will receive an email from GoToMeeting with a link to join the webinar upon registration today. Otherwise, call in tomorrow morning, 303-326-8686, and the SBDC staff will forward the link. This workshop will cover the various systems and online resources for doing business with CDOT. It includes the various ways to find and bid on engineering, construction, and goods and services contracts. If you want to maximize your time online and learn CDOT's various contracting systems, join this webinar for a hands-on look at where to go and how to navigate:  Highway & Bridge Construction | Highway & Bridge Design | Goods & Services. Suggested audience: Small business contractors interested in doing business with CDOT. Full description and Registration here

Construction Estimating & Bidding NEW DATE

Wednesday, April 24, 2019
   Construction Estimating & Bidding
   Have you been submitting quotes for construction projects but not
   getting the work? Do you need help figuring out the right cost for
   your bids? Do you want to start winning more subcontracts?
   If so, this workshop is a great opportunity to improve your
   estimating skills.  It will help you refine your estimating process
   and create more accurate bids for construction jobs.
 
The workshop will cover:  Estimating set up, details and software | Errors to avoid |
| Bidding | Bid follow up
Suggested Audience: Construction subcontractors, DBE certified firms, contractors interested in working on CDOT and other government construction projects, and any staff responsible for estimating construction jobs.
Thursday, May 30th | 1PM - 3PM | $15 |
Location: Aurora Municipal Center  | Register here...
   The instructor:  Bob Smith has 23 years of construction management
   experience, and 10 years as consultant to subcontractors with SBDC.
   Bob is the owner of Eaton Cole Construction services and is currently
   performing construction management services.
For a list of other upcoming Government Contracting Workshops, click here.

It's Time for the Expo in Englewood!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

3rd Annual Englewood Business Resource & Lenders Expo

Did you realize there is a wealth of business resources at your fingertips?

* Learn about Opportunity Zones.
* Learn how to expand your business by getting certified for potential government contracts.
* Learn how you may receive help streamlining your manufacturing business.
* Learn about how the library can help with business marketing research.
* Hear from the area's nonprofit lenders and what they can do for your business.
* Hear from the Small Business Administration and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
* Visit directly with all of the above--and MORE!

The third annual Englewood Business Resource & Lenders Expo is being held Friday, March 22nd, 8:00 – 9:30 AM, at the Englewood Civic Center, 2nd floor Community Room.  Twenty business resource partners will each give a short introduction to their services. Marcia McGilley of the Aurora-South Metro SBDC will emcee the event, and the City of Englewood will give an update from the Economic Development Office.  A continental breakfast will be served, AND it's all FREE.  Get all the details for this free event here.

LEADING EDGE for Transportation Businesses

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

    

It's the final week to register for the award-winning LEADING EDGE for Transportation business planning program in Colorado Springs. Don't miss your chance to join the next cohort of successful contractors for a nine-week course customized for growing businesses in A&E and construction. You’ll get hands-on training from industry experts, large contractors and peers to help develop your management skills, build capacity and win more contracts.

January 10 – March 7, 2019
Thursday evenings, 5:30 - 8:30pm
FREE!  $200 deposit with full refund upon graduation

Location:  Pikes Peak SBDC @ Catalyst Campus
559 E. Pikes Peak Ave., Suite 101 | Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Attend an Information Session on Thursday, January 3rd from 6PM - 7PM to learn more about the course and meet some of the instructors. 

Registration deadline is Monday, January 7th.  Register here...