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Work for the Government

Don't be intimidated--there's help out there to make the partnership run smoothly.

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Doing business with the government can seem intimidating because of all the paperwork. To make it easier, many government agencies are reaching out to teach small firms how to bid-and win. Every state provides some kind of training, usually sponsored through community colleges for a small fee. Check with your local community college or Small Business Administration district office for details.

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