The Wisconsin Procurement Institute, the Door County Economic Development Corporation and C&H Distributors are hosting a free workshop event – “Creating, Developing, and Growing New Business Opportunities” – about the basics of what small businesses need to know to make state or federal government their customers, on Thursday, Oct. 16, 8:15-10:30 am at the Door County Economic Development Corporation, 185 E. Walnut St., Sturgeon Bay. Many business owners might be interested in selling to state or federal government, but assume their organization is too small or that the government doesn’t buy their goods or services. The United States government is one of the largest buyers of goods and services in the world; the federal government buys almost everything imaginable and works with small businesses every day, spending about $525 billion each year on goods and services; the State of Wisconsin spends about $2 billion annually. The program will explain the different layers of government contracting and provide you with realistic expectations on the process. In just a few short hours you can decide for yourself if government contracting is right for you and get any questions you may have answered by an industry expert.