Dougherty County has operated a long-standing program designed to assist local-area small businesses build business capacity, create jobs, and strengthen the local economy. Through training, counseling and other services, the program specifically aims to help Dougherty County and southwest Georgia businesses win more contracts with the County as well as with other government agencies.
Because there is a direct relationship between learning about doing business in the government sector and then going on to bidding on and winning government contracts, Dougherty County engaged the assistance of Georgia Tech to manage its small business program. This decision was a natural one to make since the Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center (GTPAC) made a commitment to serving the Albany community many years ago. In fact, more than a year ago Georgia Tech renewed its commitment to southwest Georgia by assigning a full-time Procurement Counselor to the area. And, now, Georgia Tech has designed special classes and other forms of assistance to help Dougherty-area businesses compete for contracts with the County as well as government contracts throughout Georgia and the nation.
If you are a business in southwest Georgia, instructional classes and counseling on how to do business with the Dougherty County and other government entities — at the local, state, and national levels — are now available to you free of charge. To take advantage of these services, we urge you to make an application to become certified in the Dougherty County program at your earliest convenience. There is no fee.
What’s the starting point? Attend an upcoming orientation session to learn the fundamentals of government contracting. You can find our schedule of these orientation sessions and related training classes clicking on the ”Training” tab at the top of this page or here.