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Workshop for businesses interested in working with the state


February 19, 2008

A free workshop for small business owners interested in learning about contracting opportunities with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will be Wednesday, March 5 from 9 a.m. to noon at Duquesne University.

The workshop is sponsored by the PA Bureau of Minority & Women Business Opportunities (BMWBO) and co-sponsored by Duquesne's Small Business Development Center. Pre-registration is required.

Workshop topics include locating state contracting opportunities, how the state purchases goods and services, using state contracting to “grow” a small business, and state programs to help small businesses make use of contracting and subcontracting opportunities.

The workshop will also cover certification of minority-owned and women-owned businesses. The owners of such businesses are especially urged to attend.

Curtis Burwell will present the workshop. He is a business enterprise analyst for the BMWBO. After a distinguished military career in the Army, where he served as an equal opportunity representative and a training officer, Mr. Burwell completed his BS degree at St. Thomas Aquinas College and his Master of Social Work degree at Temple University.

He is involved in the development and presentation of outreach and training programs intended to enhance state contracting opportunities for minority-owned and women-owned businesses.

BMWBO is part of the PA Department of General Services, the main purchasing branch of state government. Its primary functions are to certify minority-owned and women-owned businesses, and to help small businesses become involved in state contracting.

For more information or to pre-register for the free workshop call 412-396-6233 or, or register online at


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