Free workshop covers government contracting, Nov. 29

The Washington State Procurement Technical Assistance Center hosts a free workshop covering the basics of what it takes to become a successful government contractor.

The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29, and the Port of Bellingham’s Harbor Center Conference Room, 1801 Roeder Ave.

John Tamble, a retired contracting officer with the U.S. General Services Administration, will be the featured presenter.

The workshop will cover a variety of elements to the government contracting process, including:

– Classifying products or services
– Getting registered
– Small-business programs and certifications
– Types of solicitations, including the “Uniform Contract Format”
– How a government solicitation evolves into a formal contract
– Marketing strategies
– The GSA’s Federal Supply Schedule
– The PTAC Bid Match program
– Responding to opportunities
– Contract invoicing and payments
– Laws and regulations

The workshop is meant for businesses that have generated revenue for at least two years.

It is sponsored by the Port, the Economic Alliance of Snohomish County and the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Register online at

For more information, contact Jean Hales at 425-248-4223 or

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