WMU News

Doing e-commerce with the government

Sept. 18, 2001

KALAMAZOO -- The digital revolution is changing the way companies do business, including those that contract with the U.S. government. How to conduct business with the government using electronic commerce will be the subject of an upcoming seminar co-sponsored by Western Michigan University's Technical Assistance Center.

"Electronic Commerce for Government Business" will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28, at WMU-Battle Creek's Kendall Center, 50 West Jackson. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. for the free event, which is open to the public.

Experts from the Cleveland Electronic Resource Center will tell business representatives how to conduct business with the government using electronic commerce, including finding up-to-date federal government Web sites; downloading solicitations and bid information; accessing specifications and drawings; and specifications and suggestions for creating a business Web site.

The workshop is sponsored by WMU's Southwest Michigan TAC, along with the TAC of Central Michigan, Cleveland Electronic Resource Center, Michigan Economic Development Corp. and Defense Logistics Agency. Those interested in attending should reserve a seat by contacting Janice Campbell at (616) 387-2005 or <janice.campbell@wmich.edu>.

Under the umbrella of WMU's Haworth College of Business and its Office of Business Development Services, the Southwest Michigan Technical Assistance Center offers free assistance to area companies interested in doing business with the government. Annually, center director Michael Black and his staff help businesses secure more than $30 million in government contracts.

Media contact: Jessica English, 616 387-8400, jessica.english@wmich.edu

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