Troy University offers assistance in government procurement

Posted: Sunday, 08 August 2010

TROY—Troy University’s Center for International Business and Economic Development is offering government contracting assistance to businesses in the Phenix City area.

The Center, through its Small Business Development Center, operates the TROY Procurement Technical Assistance Center in Phenix City in its offices at the Collins-Scott House.

“The federal government is the largest buyer of goods and services in the world with annual purchases totaling more than $425 billion,” said Shaun Culligan, an economic development specialist with the Center.

“Although there is a significant learning curve for companies getting into the federal market, doing business with the government is not as complicated as some might think,” he said. “Government contracting is recommended for established businesses with adequate cash flow to support a government contract and who have done significant business in the commercial market.”

Assistance for businesses ready to pursue the government market is available through the Center, which offers free consulting services, technical assistance, training and bid information to Southeast Alabama businesses who are interested in obtaining contracts with local, federal and state government agencies as well as government prime contractors.

Companies receiving assistance through the TROY Procurement Technical Assistance Center have reported some $68 million in contract awards during the current fiscal year, according to Courtney Purvis, the Center’s interim director.

In Phenix City, the Center, located at 931 Broad Street, is open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact Culligan at 334-448-2855.