There is a lot of money in government contracts. One big opportunity for small businesses is on the upcoming “Ramp Up Ridgway” project. This project has an estimated construction budget of $10 million and will offer numerous opportunities for local contractors to provide their services in the revitalization of Town of Ridgway. Slated to begin in March 2016, subcontracts will be available for electrical, paving, concrete, landscaping, street furniture, and more.

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) want to prepare contractors for the unique government contracting process. As part of the SBDC’s Connect2DOT program, state representatives and project staff will be hosting a series of workshops to educate contractors on the ins-and-outs of government bids.

In partnership with the local governments, Region 10 LEAP Inc., CDOT, SBDC, and Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), these workshops will provide participants with a leg up on potential projects that will be available to bid this year. The workshops will cover the types of services needed to complete the Ramp Up project, as well as small business certifications and other contracting opportunities with federal and local area government agencies.

The Connect2DOT workshops are scheduled in a cluster of sessions in October.

The first session, entitled “Subcontracting one the ‘Ramp Up Ridgeway!’ Project”, takes place on October 13th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. This information workshop will be held at the Ridgway Community Center on 201 N. Railroad Street. After the workshop is complete, an hour to network with seminar participants and project representatives will follow after the seminar.

The next session, “Government to Business Outreach”, is scheduled for the following day, October 14th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. This workshop is designed for small business owners who are interested in doing business with governmental entities. Contracting officers from the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Montrose County, and other local municipalities will provide information and opportunities specific to their agency. The session will take place at Region 10’s office at 300 N. Cascade, Suite 1 in Montrose.

The final session, “Small Business Certifications”, will be held on October 15th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Business Incubator Center located at 2591 Legacy Way in Grand Junction. This workshop will help small businesses understand the various government certification programs that can give them a competitive advantage in contracting.

“We are excited to bring together a comprehensive group of government representatives and business consultants to help small businesses get involved with the “Ramp Up Ridgway! Project” and learn how to grow their business with government contracting,” said Cathy Kramer, Program Manager of Connect2DOT. “This series of workshops is the first of its kind on the western slope and it shows the deep commitment that the SBDC, CDOT and various other government agencies, have to the small business community.”

There is no cost to attend any of the events, but participants are encouraged to RSVP. To register, participants can do so at Questions about event details can be directed via email to or by calling 720.624.6728.