LAKEWOOD, Wash. — Local vendors and contractors who have always wanted to do business with Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), but have been intimidated by the military contracting process, now have the opportunity to learn first-hand from experts how to go about securing work for their companies. As the host community for JBLM, the City of Lakewood is sponsoring a first-ever Military Contracting Workshop scheduled for Thursday, June 16, 2011.
“With $2 billion in construction work scheduled to be done at JBLM during the next four years, it is essential for local businesses to know how to identify and bid for these projects,” said Ellie Chambers-Grady, economic development manager for the City of Lakewood. “We are excited to be able to bring together these experts to provide tips and share their experiences working with the federal government.”
The workshop is designed for those who are interested in learning the basics of federal contracting, and for those wishing to improve their success rates, from experts who are experienced in securing contracts with the military. The following are the presenters at the three-hour work shop:
- Scott Harm, owner of Belay Architecture in Tacoma, has teamed with local and national contractors on a broad range of federal projects including the design for residential, administrative and industrial projects.
- Patricia Homs, chief executive officer for the Wabana Group, is certified by the U.S. Treasury Department in federal accounting and reporting and has a deep understanding of appropriations law and federal acquisition regulations.
- Brent Meisner, president and chief operating officer of the Wabana Group, is a business development professional who has more than 30 years of experience contracting with the federal government. During this time he has developed successful relationships with Homeland Security-Immigrations Customs Enforcement and the Department of Defense Pacific Army Armed Guards, among others.
- Stan Uhlig, the owner of Federal Construction Consultants and author of “Principles of Federal Construction Contracting,” will share his experiences working with the Department of Defense for more than 37 years as well as owning a multi-million-dollar construction business.
These four experts will address such subjects as:
- understanding the registration process to become a military contractor;
- assessing a company’s strengths for government contracting;
- finding work as a subcontractor with large regional/national contractors; and
- locating and securing contracting opportunities.
The Military Contracting Workshop is free and will be held from 9:00 a.m. to noon on June 16, 2011, at the City of Lakewood Council Chambers. Those interested in attending are asked to preregister by calling 253-284-5702.
The City of Lakewood will continue its military contracting training with hands-on training sessions at the City’s computer lab on June 20, June 27, July 11 and July 18, during which companies will apply online for various registrations necessary to bid on military work.
About Lakewood, Washington
Lakewood is the second largest city in Pierce County and the fifteenth largest in Washington. It is strategically located between Sea-Tac International Airport and Olympia, the state’s capital. The city is home to 60,000 residents and nearly 1,100 businesses. Lakewood also is the host community to Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Camp Murray, two major military installations. In 2010, Lakewood was named one of the nation’s One Hundred Best Communities for Young People by America’s Promise Alliance for the fourth year.