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Learn how to prepare your business to get those good government contracts!

You’re looking to diversify your business clients.  You’ve figured out what government contracting opportunities exist with the help of the Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub’s Supply Chain Mapping Tool, but now what? What are the next steps? Are there certifications or requirements do you need to get or update for government work? 

Find out at the next Hub Huddle when Melissa Burant with the Iowa Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) explains the steps you can take to prepare your business for doing work in the government contracting realm. The huddle will be held from 9-10:30 a.m., Friday, April 12, in the Arconic Conference Room at the Quad Cities Chamber, 331 W. 3rd St., Davenport.
 
Melissa is a Government Contracting Specialist with the Iowa Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) based at CIRAS, serving clients in Scott and Clinton counties. She has more than 19 years of government and contracting related experience, both as an internal federal stakeholder and an external champion of industry in the contracting market. 
 
Melissa served as a federal contracting officer at the Army Contracting Command, Rock Island, and has more than 15 years of federal service. In her duties as a contracting officer and contract specialist, she was responsible for soliciting, awarding and administering contract requirements for a variety of goods and services for the Department of the Army. She assisted in the Iraq Drawdown and managed the contract for critical security service operations during this time.
 
When Melissa joined CIRAS in 2014, she transitioned to working directly with industry as an advocate sharing her extensive knowledge of policies, procedures and best practices with industry counterparts. Melissa works with Iowa companies to develop relationships with other industry partners, delivers webinars and in-person workshops on how to develop your government market and works one-on-one with businesses to better understand their unique fit within the complex field of the government contracting market.

Time will be provided for Q & A and networking with other attendees.
 
This event is free to attend. Please register HERE>>

**NOTE: Free on-street, two-hour parking is available in downtown Davenport, or there is a parking garage one block south of the Quad Cities Chamber office at the corner of Ripley & 2nd Streets (enter from Harrison).  Pay at the Parkmobile kiosk PRIOR to coming into the building.**

About the Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub

An economic development initiative of the Chamber, the Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub  is aimed at helping manufacturing and defense firms grow, diversify and stay competitive when market forces change. It is funded in part, through the Illinois DIA Program, which supports the state’s defense and manufacturing industries by delivering resources and providing new insights that help companies and communities. The Illinois DIA Program works with communities across Illinois that have clear links to the defense industry based on the presence of key military assets, a high concentration of manufacturers, or both. These communities include the Quad Cities, Rockford, Northeastern Illinois, Peoria and southwestern Illinois. With funding from the U.S. Department of Defense, Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA), the program is executed through a partnership between the University of Illinois System, the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, and the Voorhees Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).


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