April 25, 2008

SBDC to provide FREE training to teach small businesses the CalTrans bid and RFP process

Between October 1, 2007 and September 30, 2008 Caltrans anticipates receiving in excess of $6.5 billion Federal and State funding for the reconstruction of California’s roads. If your small business provides services from asphalt to fencing; from backhoes to traffic control; from catering to engineering, you need to prepare your business to take advantage of this great opportunity.

Don’t wait: The SBDC is your counseling and training highway to Winning Caltrans Contracts!

Using an expert team of consultants and trainers the SBDC is providing FREE training and counseling to teach small businesses, first-hand, the Caltrans bid and RFP process utilizing Caltrans’ “Construction Site Best Management Practices Manual.”

The training and counseling are designed to provide small businesses the necessary understanding of the requirements and tools needed to successfully navigate the bid and RFP process as well as tips for partnering, winning and executing strong management plans.

The SBDC is offering FREE one-on-one Business Management Counseling designed to help small businesses obtain Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification and assist small businesses in the development and improvement of long term business management, record keeping and financial accounting capabilities required for contracting opportunities. Business Management Counseling is offered by appointment. To schedule an appointment, you may contact the SBDC at 760-795-8740.

The SBDC will also offer FREE courses giving small businesses the necessary understanding of the requirements and tools needed to successfully navigate the bid and RFP process, including tips for partnering, winning and executing a strong management plan. A total of fifteen courses will be offered between January and August 2008.

The next three courses addressing Understanding Financial Statements, Cash Flow Management and Growing Capital are scheduled for May 19, 2008 (9:00 AM – 4:00 PM) and May 20, 2008 (9:00 AM – 12:00 PM) at Point Loma Nazarene University – Room 207, 4007 Camino del Rio South, San Diego, CA 92108. Space is limited to 40 participants; please reserve your space by calling the Small Business Development Center at 760-795-8740.

For additional information visit www.sandiegosmallbiz.com and www.buildcalifornia.org.

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