A District government agency will sponsor a series of webinars over a two-month period to inform entrepreneurs about its contracting process.

The Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia (DCPSC), which regulates utilities in the city, plans to host webinars on May 19, May 26 and June 2 for District-based and diverse business enterprises who are interested in contract opportunities with it. The DCPSC seeks to encourage interest in participation in the District’s Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) program for District-based firms headquartered in the city that have been certified by the D.C. Department of Small and Local Business Development.

CBEs can participate in the DCPSC’s bidding program for professional services, particularly in the fields of professional engineering, accounting, economics, law and marketing/communications.

Once the certification process for being a CBE occurs, the businesses receive preference on bidding for government contracts and they are in a better position to compete in the District’s procurement system.

The webinars will focus on the process of becoming a CBE, the bidding procedure, upcoming procurements and the vendor experience while participating in networking events sponsored by the commission. The webinars are set to be livestreamed and are free of charge.

However, advance registration is required. Participants in the CBE program and other businesses are encouraged to attend.

Willie L. Phillips, chairman of the DCPSC, said supporting CBEs is an agency priority.

“Supporting CBEs in the District is a top strategic priority for the DCPSC,” Phillips said in a statement. “Our annual goal is to achieve or exceed providing 35% of the commission’s total procurement contract dollars to CBEs. The DCPSC has also set a requirement for CBE participation in any procurement of $100,000 or more for professional services.”

James Wright Jr.

James Wright Jr. is the D.C. political reporter for the Washington Informer Newspaper. He has worked for the Washington AFRO-American Newspaper as a reporter, city editor and freelance writer and The Washington...

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