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Posted: Monday, April 4, 2011 6:00 pm | Updated: 12:24 am, Tue Apr 5, 2011.

Phoenix will be offering a free business workshop April 7 at Pecos Community Center to learn more about the city's certification programs.

The workshop will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Room 124.

"The Small Business Enterprise Program gives an arm up to businesses that are considered small," said Joyce Grossman, deputy director of the equal opportunity department. "We do have a program that the City Council thought was important that allocates a certain amount of the budget for small businesses but you have to be certified to qualify."

Certification is free and applies to all of Maricopa County, but it is only necessary for businesses that the city might use like contractors, consultants, services, vendors and suppliers.

Once certification is complete, businesses are placed on a list that can be found on the city of Phoenix website. This list is a resource not only for the city but also for the public to find a certified business.

"We know the directory is used," Grossman said. "The city cut its budget and so we aren't able to make as many contracts with small businesses as we'd like, but we hear testimonials that they are still getting business by being found on our list."

Though the city may not require small businesses to be certified to submit a bid for services, some contracts are reserved for certified businesses only.

For a business to be considered small, the owner cannot have a net worth of more than $1.32 million according to recent legislation.

Seating is limited for the presentation at Pecos Community Center, 17010 N. 48th St. Call the Phoenix Equal Opportunity Department at (602) 262-6790 to reserve a spot.

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