The City of Milford, Milford Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Small Businesses Administration have partnered to offer free seminars for small business owners and those thinking of or about entering the world of entrepreneurship.

This will be a four-part series ranging in topics from starting your own business to how to navigate the State and Federal bid process.

“We are always looking for a way to encourage small business growth and this education opportunity was a good fit for those looking to start their own business or to navigate the sometimes complex bid process,” said Mayor Ben Blake.

All workshops will run from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Milford Public Library Program Room, 57 New Haven Avenue.

Tuesday March 11: How to Start Your Own Business: Have you ever thought about starting a business? Doing it right from the start is a key to your success. This seminar will cover topics such as choosing a business name/structure, licensing, registrations, importance of business plan, etc.

Tuesday March 18: Financing Your Small Business: Finding capital for your small business is not impossible. Get pointers from the SBA that will help you get your business moving toward financial stability. Topics discussed will be traditional and non-traditional ways of financing.

Tuesday March 25: How to Navigate and Search for Bids: This seminar will cover where you need to be registered in order to do business with the State of Connecticut and the federal government. You will be shown the websites for locating federal bids over $25,000 and the state's bid portal where state and municipal bids can be found. Also covered will be state and federal set-aside programs.

April 1: How to Prepare a Bid Package. This seminar will use a current solicitation from the state's bid portal and FedBizOps as examples. Discussions will be on understanding the contract terminology, what to look for such as pricing, delivery instructions and geographic areas, and more.

To register contact Lisa Powell at 860-240-4892 or lisa.powell@sba.gov or for more information call Julie Nash, economic and community development director at 203-783-3230.