I wanted to wish our readers a fine National PTAC Day! The local PTACs are an invaluable resource for many federal contractors, especially those just starting out in the federal contracting space.
There are PTACs in all 50 states. And those local branches serve over 48,000 clients. Be sure to give your local PTAC some love this week!
Joint ventures can be extremely powerful in helping small businesses capture larger government contracts. Yet, few small businesses know how they work, and even fewer understand the critical timeline and milestones required to have everything in place in time to capture those large opportunities.
In this article, we will discuss why understanding the timeline is so important if you want to leverage your JV for a big win.
There is no cost to register in SAM or other government contracting databases–but that hasn’t stopped some companies from charging would-be contractors hefty fees for assistance in the registration process. Some of these companies are out-and-out frauds, like the Tampa firm whose owner recently pleaded guilty to wire fraud in a FEMA registration scheme. And others, while not fraudulent, still often neglect to mention an important (but for them, inconvenient) fact: government contracts registration assistance is available for free through Procurement Technical Assistance Centers and other reputable sources.
Now, a bipartisan new Senate bill aims to get the word out about the free registration assistance available to prospective contractors.
I am about to leave St. Louis, where I have been since Sunday for the APTAC Spring Conference. My presentation yesterday focused on common misunderstandings about the SBA’s size and socioeconomic rules (for example, a state WBE certification doesn’t mean that a contractor is a federally-certified WOSB). Thank you to all of the “PTACers” who attended my presentation and asked such great questions.
But for me, the highlight of the trip was yesterday’s luncheon, where the APTAC membership surprised me with a special “Friend of APTAC” award. I am incredibly grateful and humbled to be honored by APTAC in this way. Thank you very much to Terri Bennett, Jason Porch, Becky Peterson, and all of APTAC for this great honor.
I’ve said it once (actually, I’ve said it many times), but if you are a small business in government contracting, you owe it to yourself to see what your local PTAC can do for you. Visit the ATPAC website to get started.
We’re back! 2016 has finally arrived and we here at Koprince Law couldn’t be more excited to dive into the new year with our first SmallGovCon Week In Review post. The first week of January brings some new policies and processes for contracting, a look back at the top procurement stories of 2015, and much more.
The Iowa State University Procurement Technical Assistance Program provides its clients a wide range of resources thanks to its existence as a part of ISU’s Center for Industrial Research and Service. “We engage with our clients at multiple levels to help them develop successful businesses,” says Pam Russenberger, the statewide PTAP director.
The Iowa PTAP works extensively with small businesses new to the government market, assisting contractors in developing marketing initiatives and preparing their first successful proposals. “Helping a new government contractor receive its first contract, even if it is for only $5,000, is an incredibly rewarding experience,” Russenberger says.
Small businesses in Washington State are in luck: a highly experienced PTAC team is available to assist contractors with the ins and outs of federal contracting.
The Washington PTAC currently consists of 14 team members, several of whom were government contracting officers before joining PTAC. This depth and breadth of knowledge allows the Washington PTAC to provide small businesses with practical advice stemming from real-world experience.