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DTMB helps small businesses compete for state contracts

The State of Michigan’s Procurement Services team held its first in-person event since 2019 geared towards teaching vendors the basics of how to bid on contracts with the State of Michigan. The event, “Doing Business with the State of Michigan,” was a contracting 101-style seminar held at the Michigan Historical Library in April 2023. 

Jared Ambrosier, chief procurement officer, led the event with a keynote focused on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Directive 2023-1 and how it impacts purchasing at the state. The directive calls for the State the Michigan to significantly increase its spend with geographically disadvantaged businesses The Procurement Services team, housed within the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget (DTMB), is leading the way by hosting and participating in events geared toward GDBEs.   

Aside from contracting basics, presenters covered other key topics, which included walking attendees through various purchasing programs, including the Michigan Supplier Community, a program designed at simplifying procurement processes for state agencies while making it easier for the State of Michigan to acquire goods and services from vendors in disadvantaged business areas.  

The event also included representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration and APEX Accelerators. Both organizations are geared towards helping navigate potential vendors through government procurement at all levels – not just at the state. Attendees learned how to negotiate Michigan’s purchasing processes and contracting on the federal and local levels.  

About Procurement Services:  
As the State of Michigan’s purchasing authority, Procurement Services oversees all aspects of high-level, complex bids for state agencies in accordance with Public Act 431 of 1984, the Management and Budget Act. Other responsibilities include managing programs like MiDEAL, a unique cooperative purchasing program that extends state contracts to local units of government. Procurement Services is also responsible for purchasing programs and initiatives that help expand business opportunities to low-income communities and underutilized business areas known as geographically disadvantaged business enterprises. 
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