Tuesday, April 3, 2012

State Certification & Business Seminar

Doing Business with the Commonwealth and Certification Made Simple

Presented by the Pennsylvania Department of General Services. Co-sponsored by E-Magnify and the Small Business Development Center at Saint Vincent College.
Date: April 19, 2012
Location: Saint Vincent College, Latrobe, PA
Registration: 8:30 a.m.
Doing Business with the Commonwealth: 9:00 a.m. - Noon
Lunch: On your own (available for purchase on campus)
Certification Made Simple: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.  
Cost: Free
CPE Other Credits available

Grow your small business with state contracting and learn about state certification of minority-owned and women-owned businesses. This workshop is recommended to any business owner interested in doing business with the government, but minority and women business owners are especially urged to attend.

Doing Business with the Commonwealth (9:00 a.m. - noon) will cover the following topics: 
  • how to find and bid on state contracting opportunities;
  • how the state purchases goods and services;
  • using state contracting to "grow" a small business and what resources are available;
  • state programs to help small businesses make use of contract and subcontracting opportunities; and 
  • a short segment on obtaining state certification as a minority- or woman-owned business. 
Certification Made Simple (1:00 - 3:00 p.m.) is a hands-on, interactive, step-by-step walk-through of the certification application. Those who attend this segment of the program will be able to go back to their offices, gather the required attachments, and submit a comprehensive application.
      For more information and to register, call Saint Vincent College SBDC/CGC at (724)537-45872.


      1. Hello,
        I am interested in the seminar on the 19th but have already registered for the FAR event with GACO. Will you be offering the certification walk-through class again?

      2. Hi Linda,
        We certainly have had great interest in this workshop. While we currently do not have another date scheduled, I'm sure that we will consider based on the level of interest. In the meantime, if you need immediate assistance, Elizabeth Bowers is the workshop instructor and I'm sure would welcome your questions. She can be reached at elbowers[at]pa[dot]gov. Thanks for your interest!


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