UMR class intended to teach public about government bid proposals

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On September 7, 2006

The Center for Entrepreneurship and Outreach (CEO) at the University of Missouri-Rolla is sponsoring a training class for those interested in doing business with the federal government. The workshop, “Preparing Successful Government Bid Proposals,” will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Sept. 21, in the Meramec-Gasconade Room of the Havener Center on the UMR Campus. The cost is $30.

“The Federal Government buys just about every kind of item and service out in the market in order to keep operations moving,” says Barry White, program manager for CEO. “When you first look at a federal solicitation, it can be rather daunting. This class is aimed at helping people break down the process into a more simple approach so they don’t get hung up on the volume of text in a government contract.”

During this three-hour offering, John Phenix, CEO’s procurement and technical assistance specialist, will discuss the federal government procurement process, the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), common types of government contracts and common bid proposal mistakes. Phenix will also walk attendees through product-related and service-related contracts.

“If you have a federal contract that you would like to bid on, please bring it with you and we’ll work our way through some of it, or at least get you off to a good start,” says Phenix.

The course objective is to give attendees a better understanding of the federal government procurement process, make them aware of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and how to research the FAR, show them how to avoid common bid proposal mistakes and a give them a better understanding of what it takes to put together a good bid proposal.

“Ultimately, my mission is to help Missourians win more federal contracts,” says Phenix. “That equates to more federal dollars coming to our state, and more importantly, more jobs.”

For more information or to register for the class, visit the training web site at Space is limited. Additional information is available by calling (573) 341-4690 or emailing

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