Federal, state, and local governments already purchase billions of dollars on goods and services every year. Federal purchasing offices are often required to set aside contracts or portions of contracts for exclusive bidding by small and/or minority-owned businesses. In addition, major prime contractors are required to subcontract part of their work out to small firms.
The Southeast Pennsylvania Procurement Technical Assistance Center (SE PA PTAC), administered by the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers within the University of Pennsylvania, helps businesses of all sizes market to the government – federal, state and local.
The SE PA PTACs are part of a national program authorized by Congress in 1985 to expand the number of businesses capable of participating in the government marketplace. Through cooperative agreements with DoD, PTACs are administered nationally by a variety of entities, including state governments, universities, community colleges, local economic development corporations, Native American organizations and other local institutions. PTACS are staffed with counselors experienced in government contracting, and all participate in ongoing professional training required to keep pace with continually evolving acquisition procedures and policies.
Businesses that want to get into government contracting and needing assistance, can do no better than to talk to a PTAC – they are the go-to-people for marketing your products or services to the government. PTAC counselors can teach you how to explore the government arena for possible market opportunities.