If you are a veteran-owned, minority owned, women-owned, and small business in Washington state, did you know that the United States Department of Defense provides millions of dollars in funding for states to hire your business for contracted work providing goods and services?

The Washington State Department of Enterprise Services Public Works projects seminar

A 4-hour information session was held at the Henry Beauchamp Community Center on Nov. 8th in Yakima. The event was co-sponsored by the Yakima County Development Association. 

Western and Eastern Washington cities have already been receiving these public info sessions from the Washington Department of Enterprise Services, but this was the first time they held session in Central Washington.

Washington State Department of Enterprise Services Small Business, Minority, and Women's Public Works Seminar at OIC Henry Beauchamp Community Center
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Attendees came from the Yakima Valley and as far as Pasco to be present for the info session. They learned how to apply for state and federal certification in order to get hired (subcontracted).

Small business firms get hired to provide public works services for technical and state colleges and universities, Washington State Department of Transportation projects, and many Washington state agencies.

Representatives from Burton Construction out of the Tri-Cities, Saybr Contractors Inc., Forma Construction Company, Hilger Construction, Centennial Contractors were on site to answer questions and enlighten small business owners about the ins and outs of being a state certified subcontractor.

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Community Engagement Specialists from the Washington State Department of Transportation, Washington APEX Accelerator, Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce, Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington State Office of Minority and Women's Business Enterprises provided step-by-step demonstrations of the online application process to register a business for certification.

Application fees for Washington state certification have been waived through June 2024. Free information webinars are available to the public here.

If you are interested in discovering how to certify your veteran-owned, minority-owned, or women-owned small business to provide goods and services for state and federal government contracts, click here.

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