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Interested in procurement opportunities with the City of Charlotte? This free six-week training program, in partnership with Johnson C. Smith University and in collaboration with the City of Charlotte, will get your business ready to engage and bid on open contracts! Women, veterans and minority entrepreneurs are encouraged to apply.


The Feb. 22 deadline to apply for the Spring 2019 cohort has passed.

Meets on the campus of Johnson C. Smith University on Tuesdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. from March 12 through April 16. See schedule and details below.

The first step in the training is becoming familiar with the resources, departments, and personnel essential to procuring city contracts. Learn about the certifications available, their benefits and eligibility requirements. Facilitated by Lapronda Spann.

MARCH 19: FINANCIALS & CAPITAL: Tackle basic accounting principles for accurate record-keeping and evaluate financial strength including balance sheet, income statement and projections. Assess the need for capital and what options might work best. Facilitated by Barry Gupton and Ron Fisher.

MARCH 26: ENSURING PROFITABLE BIDS: Learn to anticipate overhead, material and equipment costs with realistic timelines to ensure bid that returns a profitable bottom line that can foster job creation. A key focus of this workshop will be required insurances. Facilitated by Anita Stanton.

APRIL 2: CAPABILITY STATEMENT: A capability statement is an essential document for the general contractor and city engagement process. Learn how to create a capability statement that summarizes skills, experience, capacity and highlights references. Facilitated by Mark Mills.

APRIL 9: BUSINESS LEADERSHIP SKILLS: Performing the work is only half of the business. Learn about successfully managing staff, mental persistence, the importance of networking, personal presentation and other leadership skills that enhance growth and scale. Facilitated by Mic Alexander.

APRIL 16: OUTLOOK & GRADUATION: The program concludes with a panel of guest vendors sharing their experiences and tips for success working with the city. There will be a Q&A session and a networking opportunity with the general contractors. Facilitated by Dr. Shantaé Williams.

The Feb. 22 deadline to apply for the Spring 2019 cohort has passed.