City of Lakewood Holds Second Workshop to Help Businesses Secure Military and Federal Contracts

For Immediate Release

Contact Information:
Becky Newton
(253) 983-7738

City of Lakewood Holds Second Workshop to Help Businesses Secure Military and Federal Contracts

Presentations will help prepare companies for Alliance NW Conference 2012

LAKEWOOD, Wash. (February 2, 2012)

Due to numerous requests from local vendors and contractors, the City of Lakewood is holding its second Military and Federal Contracting Workshop on Tuesday, February 28, 2012. As the host community to Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), the city is sponsoring the half-day session to assist local business owners in navigating their way through the federal contracting process and to prepare them for attending the upcoming Alliance NW Conference 2012.

“With $2 billion in construction work alone scheduled to be done at JBLM during the next four years, it is essential for local businesses to know how to identify and bid for projects,” said Ellie Chambers-Grady, economic development manager for the City of Lakewood. “We will provide invaluable tips and share our experiences working with the federal government and providing tips for networking at the upcoming Alliance conference.”

Two local experts will make presentations at the morning workshop.

  • Tiffany Scroggs, contracting assistance specialist with the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) will: provide information on market research tools available to businesses interested in selling to federal government customers; discuss competitive advantages relevant to the federal marketplace; and provide one-on-one technical assistance following the event for those interested.
  • Ellie Chambers-Grady, economic development manager for the City of Lakewood, will provide tips and techniques to gain value from tradeshows and conferences such as the Alliance NW Conference 2012. This includes how to make connections, how to be remembered and how to follow up.

The Military and Federal Contracting Workshop is free and will be held from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 28, 2012, at the City of Lakewood Council Chambers located at 6000 Main Street S.W., Lakewood, Wash. Those interested in attending should preregister at www.washingtonptac.org . Questions about the workshop can be directed to Lakewood Economic Development Specialist Becky Newton at (253) 983-7738 or .

Alliance NW Conference 2012 is led by the Washington State PTAC with the support of federal agencies and regional offices. The conference, which will be held on March 15 at the Americraft Showplex at the Puyallup Fair & Events Center, provides businesses with a single day of networking and federal procurement training opportunities.

The City of Lakewood is sponsoring the event in conjunction with the Thurston Economic Development Council, South Sound Military Communities Partnership and the Washington State Procurement Technical Assistance Center.

About Lakewood, Washington

Lakewood is the second largest city in Pierce County and the fifteenth largest in Washington. It is strategically located between Sea-Tac International Airport and Olympia, the state’s capital. The city is home to 60,000 residents and nearly 1,100 businesses. Lakewood also is the host community to Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Camp Murray, two major military installations. In 2011, Lakewood was named one of the nation’s One Hundred Best Communities for Young People by America’s Promise Alliance for the fifth year in a row.