SRS shows how to get Recovery Act contracts

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Savannah River Site's primary contractor has scheduled two additional "Lunch and Learn" seminars to offer local business owners more guidance on how to compete for American Recovery & Reinvestment Act contracts.

The luncheons offer attendees step-by-step instructions on how to navigate the sometimes complex rules that include Central Contractor Registration and obtaining a Dun & Bradstreet DUNS Number -- two factors that are key in government contracting, said Paivi Nettamo, a spokeswoman for Savannah River Nuclear Solutions.

Participants will be provided with telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for the Recovery Act procurement officials overseeing the contracts that are funding a series of major cleanup projects at SRS, funded with $1.4 billion in Recovery Act funds.

The additional Lunch & Learn seminars will be held March 18 at Newberry Hall in Aiken; and April 15 at the North Augusta Community Center in North Augusta, she said.

Similar events attracted 65 business representatives to a Barnwell meeting, and a capacity crowd of 125 participants at an Augusta event held last week.

About $273 million has been committed so far to shovel-ready projects. Recovery Act contracts have been awarded to 450 suppliers, of whom 120 are new to SRS work and represent $62 million in contracts.

Small businesses with a current business license from their local government may sign up for one of the two remaining luncheons. Seating is limited, and registration will be made on first- come, first-served basis.

To register, small business representatives should go online to Confirmation will be sent to the person making the reservation.

Lunch and learn details

WHEN: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 18

WHERE: Newberry Hall, 117 Newberry St., Aiken

WHEN: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 15

WHERE: North Augusta Community Center, 100 Georgia Ave., North Augusta

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