College workshops to focus on the contracting process
JERRY GLEESON, THE JOURNAL NEWS
(Original publication: October 16, 2002)
Two workshops to help women and minority
entrepreneurs and other businesses obtain government contracts
will be offered at Westchester Community College in November
Hudson Valley Preparing for Profit, or PREP,
is designed to help demystify the contracting process and
provide useful information on the fundamentals of running
a business, its sponsors said yesterday at news conference
at the college.
It also will help man businesses collaborate
on government contracts as a prelude to bigger deals down
the road, said Robin L. Douglas, chief executive of the African-American
Chamber of Commerce of Westchester and Rockland Counties Inc,.
one of the sponsors.
“The partners will definitely be prepared
to work with the corporate community, which is our ultimate
goal,” she said. They also will be better prepared to
bid on work related to the Ground Zero rehabilitation in Manhattan,
Among other things, instruction is provided
on business controls, cost estimating, financial statements,
accounting, recordkeeping and taxes. Instruction also will
be offered on refining marketing strategies and strengthening
communication and presentation skills.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority,
one of the sponsors, has worked with a PREP program in Queens
since 1991. More than 1,200 businesspeople have completed
the program, and 14 businesses have grossed more than $1 million
in contracts with the MTA and other agencies said Kenneth
A. Neal, director of the MTA's Office of Civil Rights.
The WCC workshops each last for 32 hours over
four Saturday sessions and cost $150. The times and dates
are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 2. 9, 16, and 23, and on May
10, 17, 31, and June 7. To register, call the African-American
chamber at 914-699-9050, or the college's Community Services
Department at 914-785-6985.