Government Contracts Seminar Today

    GRAND RAPIDS — West Michigan companies may be missing out on government contracts that could help the country’s effort in Iraq, according to government contract legal experts at Dykema Gossett.

    This afternoon, many of those companies and others from across the state will gather at the Amway Grand Plaza’s Imperial Ballroom for the “Dykema Gossett 2003 Update on Government Contracts” being presented by the firm’s legal experts from its Detroit and Washington, D.C., offices.

    Last year Michigan companies were awarded more than $3 billion in federal government contracts, as compared to $2.8 billion in 2001 and $1.8 billion in 2000. Awards in 2003 should escalate when total spending for government contracting will exceed $250 billion.

    According to Dykema Gossett government contract legal expert George Ash in Detroit, there are tremendous opportunities for all sizes of Michigan companies as contractors or subcontractors.

    Demand is high for goods and services to enhance homeland security, such as new technologies, biotech and defense. Help is also needed to rebuild Iraq, including seaport administration, information technology and education. What the government is buying from Michigan companies ranges from cruise missile engines and aircraft parts to janitorial services and mail processing machines.

    Grand Rapids provides airplane black boxes, baggage screening devices and mailing labels to the government.

    “Many companies are unfamiliar with the government as a market,” said Ash. “The legislation that formed the new Department of Homeland Security is creating $38 billion in contractor spending this year alone. Companies need to be aware of the changes that are being made and how to spot the opportunities. At the same time, they must also understand how to work with the government as a customer.”

    This afternoon’s activities will include:

    1-1:30 p.m.            Registration

    1:30 p.m.               Introduction

    1:40-3:10 p.m.       Session 1

    3:10 p.m.               Break

    3:30-5:15 p.m.       Session 2

    5:15 p.m.               Reception

    Session one will focus on the general services administration schedule, while session two will examine money issues.

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