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Thursday April 26th 9:00-3:00, Earle Brown Heritage Center, Brooklyn Center, MN

Small businesses interested in doing business with government agencies and prime contractors are encouraged to attend this trade fair. Coupling education with marketing strategies, this event will provide small businesses an opportunity to meet with representatives from federal, state and local agencies, commercial/prime contractors, and nonprofit organizations. The 19th Annual Small and Disadvantaged Business Opportunity Council (SADBOC) Government Procurement Fair is sponsored by the Federal Executive Board’s Small and Disadvantaged Business Opportunity Council, in cooperation with the State of Minnesota's Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).  Expect to visit and participate with 70 exhibitors and 21 workshops – make use of this great opportunity.

Register HERE , or on Facebook .  See the flyer for more information and the link to register for your matchmaking appointment.




Monthly Webinar Log-in Instructions

The following series of webinars are hosted in partnership with MN PTAC, North Dakota and South Dakota PTACs.  Webinars typically take place the first Tuesday of every month from 9-10 a.m. Central Time.

1. Please join the ZOOM meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone:

2. If you prefer to use phone for audio:

United States (Long distance): +1 (669) 900-6833 or +1 (646) 558-8656
Meeting ID: 115-541-475

May 8 – Federal 8(a) Certification
Shaun McClary, Small Business Administration – MN District Office

If you are a socially and economically disadvantaged small business and have been in business for two or more years, then you could qualify for this program.  This webinar provides an overview of SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program.  Topics to be covered include eligibility requirements, benefits of participating and how to register and apply for certification.


May 15 – HUBZone Certification
Lisa Claassen, Small Business Administration – SD District Office

In 1997 Congress enacted the Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) Program to encourage economic development in designated areas through preferences in federal government contracting. You will learn which areas qualify as HUBZones, the requirements that must be met to qualify as a HUBZone small business, how to apply for HUBZone certification, and the benefits of becoming HUBZone certified.


May 22 – Federal Women Owned Small Business Certification
Amy Kim, Small Business Administration-HQ, WOSB Program Manager

Are you a woman owned small business seeking to expand your market?  Do you want to learn more about the Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) program and how certification can help you grow your business, join this webinar to learn how you can become certified!


June 5 – Preparing a Winning Proposal
Pat Dotter, MN Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)

Proposal development is critical for the success of a government contractor.  This workshop will help attendees learn the different types of proposals, how to review the requirements and the keys to developing, organizing and writing a winning proposal!




SBA also contracts with Stover & Associates to offer government contracting training webinars.  Below is information about upcoming seminars available to SBA 7(j) certified firms. 

The SBA’s 7(j) Management and Technical Assistance Program is authorized by the Small Business Act to provide high-quality assistance to eligible small businesses (please see the  fact sheet here to learn more about eligibility).

7(j) Eligibility includes firms that are owned by one of the following:

  • Participants in the   8(a) Business Development Program
  • Small businesses that are owned and controlled by economically and socially disadvantaged individuals;
  • Small businesses located in areas of high unemployment or low-income; and,
  • Small business owned by low-income individuals.

How it works
Just like a class you’d attend in person, courses are taught by a live instructor on a scheduled day and time. The Web-enabled Instructor-Led training experience has much in common with the classroom equivalent. Students:

  • Receive course materials in advance
  • Participate in real time using a broadband connection
  • Interact directly with the instructor and their peers

From your computer, you’ll link to an instructor in a live, real-time, interactive learning experience. You’ll become part of a virtual classroom where you can ask questions, seek guidance and participate in class discussions and interactive exercises.


You must pre-register for these sessions:   (Click on the Register for Training Button on the left).     There is no cost for 7(j) eligible businesses.  For Workshop information email Phyllis Embree or Chris Strudthoff, or call 770.423.9888. Seats are limited.




Leveraging your small business in a big business world!


Read the story in the Dickinson Press about the Stay Small, Play Large event. The ND SBDC and ND PTAC advisors were there along with DLN Consulting, Stark Development Corporation, Vision West ND, SCORE, Dickinson State University and the Center for Technology and Business.