Winneshiek County firms interested in learning the ins-and-outs of doing business with local, state and federal governments are invited to a free introduction to government contracting workshop Tuesday, Jan. 21, in Decorah.

Any business that sells or has an interest in selling to the government may want to attend the 6 - 7 p.m. workshop at the County Inn and Suites near the intersection of U.S. Highway 52 and Iowa Highway 9.

Those who attend will learn more about:

• Suitability for doing business with the government

• How to break into government contracting

• Key elements of capturing business with government agencies and prime contractors

• Types of bid opportunities

• Where to locate bid opportunities

The instructor is Julie Fagle, a government contract specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Center for Industrial Research and Service, or CIRAS.

Fagle said those who attend the free workshop will also learn about resources available to small businesses and the different types of small business preference programs. They also will learn about proper registrations, where to identify opportunities and how to market a business to the government.

The event is offered at no charge but pre-registration is required. To pre-register, contact Julie Fagle at jafagle@iastate.edu; Allamakee County Economic Development Director Laura Olson at aced@mschsi.com, (563) 568-2624; or Winneshiek County Economic Development Director Randy Uhl at wcdi@thinkdecorah.com, (563) 382-6061.

The workshop is sponsored by CIRAS, Allamakee County Economic Development & Tourism and Winneshiek County Development, Inc.