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SRU hosts ‘Doing Business with GSA’ seminar


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University Government Contracting Assistance Center will host a free "Doing Business with General Services Administration" seminar from 9 a.m. to noon, May 24, at the Regional Learning Alliance, Cranberry Township.

Information about the Public Buildings Service and the Federal Acquisition Service, two departments within the General Services Administration with separate buying needs, will be provided.

PBS is referred to as the "landlord" for the federal government. It acquires space on behalf of the federal government and acts as a caretaker for federal properties. PBS's procurement opportunities include: designing and constructing new buildings; repairing, altering and renovating existing buildings; leasing space to federal agencies; and providing buildings operations and maintenance services.

Under the FAS Schedules program, GSA establishes long-term governmentwide contracts with commercial firms to provide equipment, supplies, telecommunications, information technology and professional services. There are more than 11 million products and services that U.S. government agencies can buy directly from schedule contractors, as needed, at prices associated with volume buying. 

            Helena Koch, small business utilization officer with the U.S. General Services Administration, will provide information on doing business with GSA, identifying the appropriate schedule, the basics of preparing and submitting bids and marketing to the government as well as information related to PBS operations.

            Seminar registration is requested and may be made by calling Renee Decker, government contract specialist at SRU’s Center for Economic and Community Development, at 724.738.2346.


Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania’s premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.