Thursday, Jun 12, 2014 · 6:00 pm


Accion Texas El Paso Office
1421 Lee Trevino, B-1 El Paso, TX 79935
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EL PASO, Texas – Accion Texas Inc., a nonprofit small business and microfinance organization, in partnership with Project VIDA and the Contract Opportunities Center, will host a free seminar and networking opportunity for small business owners at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 12, at 1421 Lee Treviño, Ste. B-1

The event will teach business owners how to seek out and win contracts with government entities.

Project VIDA is located in the center of El Paso and has served more than 1,500 families. The organization provides health, education, economic development and housing services for the El Paso area. The Contract Opportunities Center (COC), a Procurement Technical Assistance Center, is funded in part through the Department of Defense through a grant administered by the Defense Logistics Agency. The COD provides specialized and professional assistance to individuals and businesses seeking to learn about contracting and subcontracting opportunities with the DOD and other federal agencies.

Mike Avila, procurement specialist for Contract Opportunities Center (COC), assists vendors in El Paso and surrounding communities on how to secure government. His background includes work as a senior financial analyst, loan officer and business specialist for various organizations within the community.
WHAT: Seminar for small businesses on how to do business with government entities. Topics to be covered include:
• Identifying marketing, contracting and subcontracting opportunities
• Military specifications, solicitation notices and Federal Acquisition clauses
• Completing applications, certifications and registrations
• Preparing and submitting bids request and proposals
• Federal, state and local procurement laws, rules, policies, regulations and procedures
• Utilizing e-commerce and electronic data interchange systems

WHEN: Thursday, June 12, 2014

TIME: 6 p.m.

WHERE: Accion El Paso Office
1421 Lee Treviño, Ste. B-1
El Paso, Texas 79935

RSVP (Space is limited): Register at or RSVP by calling Valeria Minjarez at 888-215-2373, ext. 1605

Accion Texas Inc. is a nonprofit, multi-state microlending company and small business lender that help new and existing entrepreneurs successfully grow their businesses. Through affordable lending and business development services, Accion Texas is committed to empowering diverse individuals and small businesses that have limited access to traditional sources of capital.

Accion Texas has the nation’s largest microloan portfolio. Accion’s El Paso office opened in 1996 and has made more than 1,900 loans totaling nearly $20 million.

Since its founding in San Antonio in 1994, Accion has made nearly 15,000 loans totaling more than $160 million. Accion now operates in eight states: Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas. To learn more about Accion’s lending options – including the SBA 504 program – call 888-215-2373 or visit

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