One goal of the Small Business Administration is to help minority- and women-owned firms take advantage of the opportunities available from doing business with the government, an SBA official says.

"Our job is to let you know what opportunities are out there," said Gil Cisneros, regional administrator of the SBA. Cisneros made his remarks during a seminar sponsored by the SBA and IMPACT Minority Business Development Center. Seminar participants also heard from representatives of several federal and state agencies that explained how to do business with them."Our challenge is to work together to prevent the leakage of contract dollars which go to out-of-state companies in places like Anaheim or Orange, N.J. We want to keep those dollars in Utah and keep those contracts with Utah firms," Cisneros said.

Bernard Topf, western region director of the Defense Contract Audit Agency, told conferencegoers to learn the intricacies and rules and regulations involved when dealing with federal government contracting.