Workshop aims to give private businesses chance to win state contracts - KMOV.com

Workshop aims to give private businesses chance to win state contracts

 EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (KMOV.com) – Wednesday is a chance for officials to meet with those wanting to get involved and win various state contracts. 

The event is part of the state’s Business Enterprise Program which targets businesses owned by minorities, women, veterans and those with disabilities.

“This free workshop in East St. Louis provides an opportunity for face-to-face meetings with state officials and other contractors, and will provide participants with a host of valuable knowledge and insight about working with the state,” said Mike Claffey, Deputy Director of CMS- Illinois Office of Communication and Information.

The organizers of the event want to help connect private businesses to public ventures in hopes of giving them a fighting chance.

“In Fiscal Year 2013, BEP vendors achieved more than $320 million in contracts with the state – this was more than 31.1 percent of the total contract dollars subject to the BEP goal,” Claffey said. “We are continuously looking to build on this success, and this is the purpose of the type of workshops we are hosting in East St. Louis.”

The free event will be held at James R. Thompson Boulevard in East St. Louis from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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