Incubator to hold forum for local firms looking to do business with state

April 16, 2010 | Events, UToday
By Jon Strunk

The University of Toledo Alternative Energy Incubator will host a forum on “Ohio Projects: The Ins and Outs of Doing Business” Monday, April 19, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at 2600 Dorr St.

The program will be led by the Ohio Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), headquartered at the Incubator, the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), and the Minority Contractors and Business Assistance Program.

“Navigating the process to do business with the state of Ohio can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be,” said Rob Puppos, director of PTAC. “This presentation will help show local business owners how they can utilize their knowledge, skills and experience to compete for business that will benefit the state as well as the local economy.”

Puppos said the forum is designed to answer questions business owners might have about working with the state and to provide information on business, certification and training opportunities the local private sector might be unaware of.

The program will include:

• 1:10 p.m. — An overview of ODOT’s 2011 construction projects by Dave Dysard, district 2 ODOT deputy director;

• 2:10 p.m. — A look at the ODOT Rails Program;

• 2:45 p.m. — A discussion led by PTAC titled “Helping Business Sell to the Government”;

• 3:15 p.m. — A presentation by the Minority Contractors and Business Assistance Program offering assistance with business practices, planning and certification; and

• 3:45 p.m. — A question-and-answer session from a variety of business and state organizations.

The cost of the program is $20 per person; those interested are asked to register online at

For more information contact Erik Johnson at the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce at 419.243.8191.

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