News Release

Published on Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Western Technical College is offering two seminars to help area machine shops and fabricators learn how to locate contracting opportunities with the federal government. The Business Procurement Assistance Center (BPAC) will conduct the two sessions on Wednesday, Aug. 22, in Room 200 of Western’s Academic Resource Center, 400 7th St. N., La Crosse.
"Machining/Fabrication 1” will be held from 9:00-11:30 a.m. This training is ideal for the machining and/or fabrication company new to government contracting or just starting to actively seek government work. The class will focus on identifying contracting opportunities, time management techniques, registration requirements, and how machined/fabricated items are purchased, plus provide tips on how to be a successful contractor.
"Machining/Fabrication 2” will follow in the afternoon from 1:00-3:30 p.m. This seminar is targeted to machine shops/fabricators that are aggressively pursuing government contracts. The class will focus on current and upcoming changes to the contracting process. More in-depth topics important to competing in the Department of Defense marketplace will be explored, such as how to quote bids electronically, RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) and Wide Area Work Flow.
Registration for the seminars is required and can be done online at For more information, contact BPAC at or 608.243.4490.
BPAC, established by Madison Area Technical College in 1988, provides technical and marketing assistance to Wisconsin businesses. In 2006, BPAC helped companies win 7,511 government contracts valued at $358 million, resulting in the creation of 7,118 jobs in Wisconsin.

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