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Colorado PTAC & Small Business Outreach

Posted by Mike Anderson on Fri, Apr 30, 2010 @ 04:16 PM

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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Topics: Government Contract, government contracting, PTAC

Small Business Outreach - Governement Contractors

Posted by Mike Anderson on Tue, Apr 20, 2010 @ 04:23 PM

Tuesday April 27th will be the date for the Small Business Outreach Seminar/exhibition sponsored by the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce.  This highly successful annual event provides for education on relevant topics for government contractors such as information about the DCAA, 8(a) certifications, PTAC offices, GSA Schedules, Small Business financing options and more.  The event also provides opportunities to meet personnel from local contracting offices in the popular "Grip and Grin" sessions.  This is a great opportunity for small Colorado businesses to not only learn more about the relevant topics associated with government contracting but also allows business to meet the actual buyers and explore needs of the government.  Tech Biz will be attending the conference for the second year in a row.  While we will not be exhibiting at the event (like we did last year) we can meet with you to catch up on what you have been up to. Or, if we have not met, I would be happy to briefly discuss what Tech BizSolutions can offer to you in the way of consulting services or accounting services.  Please call me or send me an e-mail to coordinate a time for us to talk.  I look forward to seeing everyone in Colorado Springs!
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Topics: government contracting, PTAC, DCAA, GSA Schedule

Government Contracting and Technical Assistance Workshop

Posted by Mike Anderson on Tue, Apr 20, 2010 @ 03:56 PM

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. 

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Topics: government contracting, DCAA compliance, PTAC

Colorado PTAC now open to provide government contract support!

Posted by Mike Anderson on Fri, Sep 25, 2009 @ 04:10 PM

The Colorado PTAC is now in operation. One of the last states to get a PTAC (Procurement Technical Assistance Center), the Colorado office is headquartered in Colorado Springs. However, the agreement specifies that the PTAC office serve all of Colorado including performance metrics designed to stimulate government contracting beyond the I25 corridor. 

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 Colorado government contractors, a clearinghouse for the latest opportunities, trends and requirements from the government. 
Core services

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.
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Topics: business consultants, PTAC, government consulting, government contractor