Small business owners bid for upcoming federally funded projects

By KBJR News 1

Small business owners bid for upcoming federally funded projects

March 5, 2014 Updated Mar 5, 2014 at 9:22 PM CDT

Superior, Wis. (NNCNOW.com) -- The small business development center at UW-Superior is helping connect minority businesses with multimillion dollar federally funded contracts.

Representatives from the center helped businesses register as government contractors.

One project of great interest is the Duluth Transit Authority's new multimodal transportation center.

The DTA received a $26 million federal grant for the project.

Part of the grant is designed to get disadvantaged business owners involved in the building process.

"Having that small portion can let us grow with those bigger companies and once we start growing maybe we will be able to be the prime on a project or with those bigger companies and bring in smaller companies as well," said Shawna Kratsch, president of Technical Services and Consulting. She is certified as a disadvantaged business enterprise.

Construction of the DTA's Multimodal center is scheduled to begin this spring.

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