20 Small Businesses to Receive $10,000 Worth of Free Training to Help Them Win Contracts

Detroit-based Business Owners are encouraged to apply to CEED Detroit Business.

DETROIT – CEED Detroit Business announced openings for 20 small businesses to be a part of its Detroit Business Growth Initiative’s third cohort, which begins on October 19 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The businesses selected will receive nine weeks of procurement training on topics including Where to Look for Bid Opportunities; Building a Marketing Strategy; Creating a Competitive Bid Proposal and Developing a Powerful Capability Statement. The cohort will meet two-to-three hours on Fridays.

The Detroit Business Growth Initiative is an innovative program aimed at growing minority, women and veteran-certified businesses in Detroit. The program provides expert-led training and coaching that will connect existing Detroit-based companies to contract opportunities in both corporate and government arenas. GLWBC is offering the training, valued at $10,000, at no cost to those selected to participate.

“This initiative provides access to our 20-plus years of experience in procurement and certification, along with 30-plus years of connections and small business loan programs,” explained GLWBC’s Executive Director Michelle Richards. “These training sessions are designed to provide participants with the tools they will need to grow.”

Electrical contractor Deana Neely, owner of Detroit Voltage and graduate of cohort two, explained, “After the course, I got two contracts immediately because of the strategies they taught in class. The curriculum was awesome.”

Participants also receive one-on-one counseling and coaching for one year. The program is designed to help them better utilize certifications and gain capital and contract opportunities.

Detroit-based business owners certified as an ACDBE, CBE, DBB, DHB, DOBE, DBE, HUB ZONE, MBE, SDVOSB, SBA 8A, VOB, WBE, WCAA, SBE, and WOSB, or those in the process of becoming certified, are encouraged to apply. To RSVP for the orientation go to https://bit.ly/2MvM2SH, or contact Tony Farris (734-838-3865) or James Davis (313-969-7284) to apply or learn more about this exciting program.

This program is an initiative of the Great Lakes Women’s Business Council.

Questions, contact Jacqui Showers at [email protected] 

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