How to bid on federal contracts

The San Juan Public Lands Center will hold a free workshop for the private sector from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, June 23, on how to apply for federal contracts, including projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Information on small business loans and technical assistance available to help companies prepare business plans will also be presented.

The half-day session will be held at the Public Lands Center, 15 Burnett Court, Durango.

“The main objective is to help contractors access government information regarding recurring work opportunities, as well as stimulus projects they might have a skill match for and gain a better understanding on how to bid on federal contracts,” said Ron Duvall, San Juan Public Lands Administrative Officer.

The workshop is sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, local offices of U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet and Rep. John Salazar, Region 9 Economic Development District of Southwest Colorado, and Small Business Development Center at Fort Lewis College. Congressional staff and Region 9 staff will make presentations and answer questions, along with USFS and BLM representatives.

“The Recovery Act offers a variety of resources and opportunities for Colorado that will help create jobs and strengthen our economy,” said Bennet. “This meeting will help make it easier for entrepreneurs, small businesses and others to understand and take full advantage of all that’s available to them.”

“The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is a key component to the stabilization of our economy and will create much needed jobs in our communities,” said Salazar. “I encourage contractors and all interested parties to attend this meeting so they can learn how to take advantage of the stimulus funds by competing for federal contracts on our public lands. Working together with the San Juan Public Lands Center, we will improve our public lands and keep our economy strong.”

Those planning to attend are requested to R.S.V.P. to Ann Bond at (970) 385-1219 or via e-mail to:, no later than Monday, June 22.