I attended two seminars here in Colorado this week. One focused more on the benefits of the Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) that was just established late last year (Colorado was one of the last states to get a PTAC center). The Colorado PTAC office is a great resource for government contractors. They help advise on contracting basics, requirements, help advise on writing of proposals and help find opportunities. Their services are free to the business. The main office for the Colorado PTAC is in Colorado Springs with a Grand Junction office, Golden office and soon a Northern Colorado office. All contractors should be using this resource.
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There is a workshop/seminar being held in Loveland, CO next week to introduce the Northern Colorado region to the services available from the Colorado Procurement and Technical Assistance Center (PTAC). This workshop is being sponsored by the offices of the 2 Colorado Senators (The Honorable Mark Udall & the Honorable Michael Bennet). This is a perfect opportunity for small businesses to learn more about the services offered by the Colorado PTAC office. The PTAC can help small business obtain government contracts by providing assistance, education and guidance in obtaining contracts. I plan on attending just to become more familiar with everything that the PTAC office offers. The Colorado PTAC office is relatively new (less than a year old now) but already is benefiting small businesses across the state. Small business many times needs advice on how to meet stringent DCAA requirements. If you would like to meet me to discuss any issues surrounding government contracting for small businesses, give me a call or send me an e-mail and we can arrange a time around the workshop to talk. I would enjoy meeting with you and catching up on what you are doing. You can go to www.bennet.senate.gov/services/workshops/ to register for the event. We highly recommend this workshop for small business and hope to see you there next week.
What is a PTAC?
A PTAC is an outreach activity co-funded by the Department of Defense, state and local economic development groups, and private donations. It provides free services to government contractors related to business development, business management, and other issues facing firms in the government contract environment. It is this focus on government contracting that distinguishes it from the bulk of fee services provided the SBA, Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), and SCORE (Service Corps Of Retired Executives).
Think of the PTAC as the center of gravity for
A key service of Colorado PTAC, as it is with others across the country, will be business development. It plans to provide sophisticated tools to enable businesses to sift through the enormous amount of solicitations released each day by federal, state, and local governments. Assistance will be offered in identifying critical processes for responding to solicitations and where additional resources can be acquired.
In a similar way, the PTAC can advise firms on the risks and responsibilities when contracting with government entities.
Finally, firms can rely on the PTAC for recommendations on meeting minimum requirements for management systems such as finance and accounting, program management, pricing support, and the like.
Why promote PTAC?
We feel free services offered through PTAC and other organizations are invaluable, especially for firms new to government contracting. We view this market as very lucrative if you have solid products and services the government needs. Government rules can be onerous and arcane, so an educated client makes all our efforts easier.
Check the Association of PTAC’s website (http://www.aptac-us.org/new/) for the latest updates.