The city of South Bend sought to boost business diversity Monday by holding a workshop just for minority and women-owned businesses.
The all-day workshop was given by the city's diversity utilization board and held at Ivy Tech in South Bend.
Monday's course provided hands-on computer training to 16 students, helping them learn how to access public bidding information, and place successful bids to win contracts with the city.
Organizers hope the knowledge will increase minority participation in the bidding process and help them make profitable alliances with larger contractors.
“Everything is virtual so you have to get on the computer,” explains Janeva Shaw who participated in the workshop. “If you don't know how to do it you are not going to get those bids. I just think it is very essential as a community we learn about those resources and get out there and getting what is deserved to us as a community.”