business expoSmall business owners can learn how to contract with governments by attending a free workshop Thursday at the 15th Annual Business Expo held at the Aquatic Center.


Mohave Community College’s Small Business Development Center and Lake Havasu Area Chamber of Commerce has partnered with AZ Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (AZPTAC) to host specialists who will teach entrepreneurs how to sell their products or services to local, state and federal governments, as well as how to navigate a new government registration website. AZPTAC assists Arizona’s small businesses with certification, how to find contract and sub-contract opportunities, and how to bid for government contract work, according to its website.


MCC’s SBDC Director Mark Retersdorf said 95 percent of government purchases in Arizona are contracted with out-of-state businesses because local businesses haven’t registered. Any businesses interested in procuring government contracts must register with the new website to become certified.


“Small business owners and managers will learn the basic process of competing for government clients, giving them an advantage in a challenging economy,” said MCC’s SBDC Director Mark Retersdorf. “Learning the specific steps involved in government sales is just one extra tool small businesses throughout Mohave County can use to continue to thrive?”


The AZPTAC workshop is from 11 a.m. to noon followed by a question-and-answer session and one-on-one assistance. The specialists will guide the workshop at the 15th Annual Business Expo put on by the Lake Havasu Area Chamber of Commerce. The event will take place at the Aquatic Center, 100 Park Avenue.



Please RSVP with MCC’s SBDC Operations Specialist Lisa Card at (928) 757-0894 or e-mail