Business / Economy

Workshop: Doing Business with Government

Event is first in series of Business Council’s ‘ACT LOCAL’ initiative, attendees will learn about government & agency contracting and business opportunities

The San Benito County Business Council is presenting an "ACT LOCAL" Business Workshop- Doing Business with Federal & Local Governments and Public Agencies featuring Jeff Cuskey of the Monterey Bay Procurement Technical Assistance Center and representatives of local government and public agencies. Attendees will learn about government contracting and business opportunities. The workshop will be held Thursday, March 26 from 8:30-10 a.m. upstairs in the Hollister Veteran’s Memorial Building, 649 San Benito Street in Historic Downtown Hollister.

The free, public event will be hosted by the San Benito Business Council in collaboration with the San Benito County Economic Development Corporation, San Benito County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau and the Hollister Downtown Association.

Attendees of this free workshop will:

  • Learn about the Monterey Bay PTAC’s mission and government contracting services  
  • Learn about Government contract opportunities for Small Businesses
  • Learn if their business is ready to pursue Government Contract Opportunities
  • Learn about local government contracting resources that can provide advice on how to market and sell their existing products and/or services to federal, state and local government agencies
  • Learn how local government and agencies purchase goods and contract for services

The workshop’s lead presenter, Jeff Cuskey, CPCM, CFCM, CSCM, CPP is the Senior Procurement Specialist/Counselor with the Monterey Bay Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC). He is responsible for providing a broad range of strategic and tactical government procurement counseling, training and education to businesses within California that want to sell their products and services to federal, state and local government agencies.

Cuskey has over 25 years of experience in Federal and Defense Acquisition, Contracting, Program Management and Business Financial Management. During his 20 years of active duty service with the U.S. Navy, Jeff’s acquisition related assignments included tours as a Contract Specialist at DCMA Philadelphia, Deputy Procuring Contracting Officer for the Navy’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Program and Business Financial Manager (CFO) for the Navy’s multi-billion dollar F/A-18 Program. After retiring from the Navy, he became a full time MBA faculty member at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), Monterey, CA. During Cuskey's 12-year tenure at NPS, he developed and taught defense focused Acquisition, Contracting and Program Management courses. He earned a bachelor of arts in political science from the University of Delaware and a master of science degree in acquisition and contract management from NPS. Jeff is a Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM), Certified Federal Contracts Manager (CFCM), Certified Schedules Contracts Manager (CSCM) and Certified Procurement Professional (CPP).

"ACT LOCAL" is an initiative of the San Benito County Business Council encouraging San Benito county agencies, businesses and residents to do business, invest, donate and volunteer locally. This workshop is the first in a series of events and activities to be championed by the Business Council this year to encourage our community members to do business, buy, shop, think, volunteer, give… and ACT LOCALLY.

For further information and to register for the workshop, visit or contact Business Council Executive Director Kristina Chavez Wyatt at 831-524-0408 or [email protected] 

San Benito County Business Council

Established in 2002, the Business Council is a 501 C 6 non-profit organization comprised of more than 45 businesses, municipal, non-profit and community agencies, representing more than 2,500 employees in San Benito County and throughout the Monterey Bay region. The top 4 priority goals for 2021 identified by our member survey participants are as follows:

1. Retention, expansion, job creation and growth of existing businesses
2. EDC Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Implementation - New business attraction
3. Measure G Implementation, roads, transportation, decaying infrastructure
4. Building relations with elected officials and staff