The Limestone Development Foundation is pleased to sponsor a workshop in the Central Aroostook area for companies interested in expanding their business with federal, state and local agencies.

The free informational session will be held at the Loring Commerce Center on Tuesday, September 11th.

The Limestone Development Foundation welcomes Maine Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) counselor Dana Delano as he explains what it takes to sell to the government.

“Business owners looking to sell their products and services to government entities will learn how to register with the federal and state government, what the government is buying and much more,” said Delano.

Delano will also review the recently announced Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) program.  All of Aroostook County has been declared a HUBZone and as such, businesses located here in the County enjoy some powerful advantages in selling to federal government agencies over companies located elsewhere.   The program encourages economic development in historically underutilized business zones through the establishment of preferences. Those preferences to HUBZone qualified companies include competitive and sole source contracting, 10 percent price evaluation preference in full and open contract competitions, as well as subcontracting opportunities and the federal government has a goal of awarding three percent of all dollars for federal prime contracts to HUBZone-certified small businesses.

Of special interest to Limestone businesses, Dennis McCartney, Limestone Economic Development Coordinator will discuss the new Opportunity Zone designation for the Town of Limestone and the Loring Commerce Centre and how businesses can take advantage of this designation.

Maine PTAC provides a variety of government contracting technical assistance services to Maine-based businesses of all sizes. Maine PTAC services are provided at no cost.  It is a program offered through the Northern Maine Development Commission.

The workshop is free and open to any business owner or representative that wants to learn more about these programs.  It will be presented Tuesday, Sept. 11 at the Loring Commerce Center, 154 Development Drive, Limestone from 10 am to 12 pm.

Space is limited, and RSVP’s are encouraged. To register, contact Dana Delano at ddelano@nmdc.org or by calling (207) 521-1713.

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