EL CENTRO — The Imperial Valley Small Business Development Center hosted a training session titled “Is Government Contracting Right for Me?” Tuesday afternoon, December 11 at the El Centro Chamber of Commerce.
Among the topics included were the 8(a) Business Development Program, HubZone Program, Women-Owned Small Business, and Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business.
There were initially six registered participants. However, more business owners arrived later in the afternoon. The training was open free of charge to anyone interested in contracting business with either federal or state government.
“We have the federal government here locally to teach small businesses owners how to access contracting and its process,” said Meredith Garcia, director of Imperial Valley Small Business Development Center, whose office is located in Imperial.
Jane “Lucy” Leu, a procurement center representative at the Office of Government Contracting Area VI at the San Diego office, was one of the speakers.
The other speaker was John Engstrom, a business opportunity specialist from the San Diego District Office.
“The purpose of the training is to bring out more resources for our business owners," said Garcia. "There are a lot of opportunities to increase their sales by working for the government.
Ruben Villarreal was one of the participants and said he is one of the partners of a new startup business in security.
“We’re trying to get more information so we can expand our business. We are involved in security training and security services,” Villarreal said during a break.
A quote from a flyer provided at the training said, “The SBA works to ignite change and spark action so small businesses can confidently start, grow, expand, or recover.”
Garcia invited small business owners to access the resources and services of Imperial Valley Small Business Development Center in Imperial at www.sdivSBDC.org.