Kilgore Economic Development Corporation has partnered with the University of Texas at Tyler on separate programs in early November, one for new businesses and another for those looking to break into the potentially lucrative sector of government contracting.

The non-credit courses are offered through the UT Tyler Soules College of Business Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute but located in Longview and Kilgore, respectively.

The first opportunity is a single, half-day session Nov. 5 on government contracting in Kilgore, covering the preparation of technical proposals as well as how to do business with prime contractors. The second, part of the Kauffman FastTrac series, is targeted for “aspiring and early entrepreneurs” in a 10-session course running through February at UT Tyler’s Longview facility.

KEDC’s Amanda Nobles is eager to point candidates toward either venture, particular the ‘Advanced Topics in Government Contracting’ Kilgore EDC is hosting at Synergy Park.

“The one for the entrepreneurs provides some valuable information for helping run a business. A lot of times, entrepreneurs have a great idea and they’ve got a customer, but growing beyond that they need some additional help,” Nobles said. “The government contracting program is a way for companies – whether entrepreneurs or established companies – to find additional customers.

“The government buys a lot of things. You never know until you learn about government contracting and whether that might be a good opportunity for you.”

The government contracting seminar is set for 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 1001 Synergy Blvd. at $39 per person. For more information or to apply, visit uttyler-adv-giv-contracts.eventbrite.com.

The Kauffman FastTrac program for entrepreneurs runs weekly on Thursdays (Nov. 7 through Feb. 6) in 10 sessions as the UT Tyler Longview University Center, 3201 N. Eastman Road. The cost is $199 per student (including refreshments). Full scholarships are available for participants who attend seven of the 10 three-hour sessions and submit an executive summary at the program’s end. Learn more or apply at uttyler.edu/eii/fasttrac.

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