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Puerto Rico Economic Development Dept. to hold seminar on federal gov’t contract bidding next week

By on October 10, 2019

Puerto Rico Economic Development Secretary Manuel Laboy (Juan J. Rodríguez/CB)

To feature SBA, General Services Administration, Veterans Affairs speakers; webinar still open

SAN JUAN —The secretary of the Puerto Rico Economic Development and Commerce Department, Manuel Laboy, and the general manager of the agency’s Federal Contracting Center (FeCC) are urging entrepreneurs to watch a free webinar Wednesday, Oct. 16.

“How to Market Oneself to the Federal Government” will be streamed from 8:30 a.m. to noon from the Trade and Export Co.’s Entrepreneurship Center in Hato Rey.

Laboy said the seminar will help entrepreneurs develop the strategies they need to successfully compete in the federal government’s procurement market and improve marketing techniques for this sector.

“The federal government is one of the largest buyers in the world. In Puerto Rico it bought more than $1 billion in the last year, which is positive, but not enough if compared with the total of its purchases. So let’s go for more, giving entrepreneurs in Puerto Rico the detailed knowledge they need to submit tenders and have more opportunities to be selected,” Laboy said.

For his part, FeCC General Manager Pedro Acevedo, who will speak at the event, said the main themes to be discussed are titled: “Where to Start and What to Expect”; “Challenges and How to Overcome Them”; “The Marketing Tools You Should and Should Not Use”; “How to Maximize the Certifications for Women, Veterans, HUBZone and 8a?”; “What to Do and What Not to Do When Meeting Federal Buyers”; and “Where to Find Current and Future Opportunities.”

In addition, the course will include expert speakers on the subject: Olga Rodríguez, General Services Administration (GSA) supervisory contracting officer; Natalia Lugo, GSA contracting officer; José Hernández, Veterans Affairs (VA) supervisory contracting officer; Rubén Rivera and Germán Mojica, VA acquisition and utilization specialists; Jezabel Rodríguez, Small Business Administration procurement center representative; MAKRO Corp. Laura González; Prime Air Corp. President Iris Vincent; and Israel Álvarez of Multi Air Services Engineers (MASE) Corp.

To participate in the webinar register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register

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