June 2014 PTAC Newsletter
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Attention Construction Firms:

SBA increases size standards for your NAICS!


The SBA has published an interim rule which increases size standards for construction. While not huge, it will make a difference in firms on the verge of graduating or those that have recently graduated. The interim was effective as of July 14, 2014. Click here to view the affected NAICS and the new standards.

The SBA estimates that more than 8,400 additional businesses will gain small business status under the adjusted size standards. To read the full press release or submit your comments on the changes, please click here.

8(a) Business Development 

Small Business Administration


Are you a small disadvantaged business not in the construction industry? The SBA wants you! The SBA is currently looking for new applicants for their 8(a) Business Development Program, which is a nine year program that helps businesses grow both in the federal contracting marketplace and beyond. Program participants receive assistance such as sole source contracts, tailored business counseling to meet your needs, marketing assistance, and high-level executive development by the SBA and their resource partners. 

Learn more about what the program can do for you an the following dates in locations, where an SBA 8(a) Specialist and PTAC Counselor will be on hand to tell you more! 

Okanogan - July 16, 2014 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Everett - July 23 from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Kent - July 28 from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Wenatchee - July 31 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Tacoma - August 6 from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Seattle - August 11 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Click on the location for the free registration link.

Upcoming Government Contracting Workshops and Events

Washington PTAC counselors across the state are dedicated to providing businesses with no-cost assistance that will help them meet their government contracting goals. If you are a business in Washington State, please reach out to a counselor near you with your questions and challenges related to finding opportunities, bidding on solicitations, networking with primes, getting paid, registrations, certifications, and more!
Interested in a training opportunity not offered in your area? See your PTAC counselor for alternate learning opportunities.
For more information on any of the events below or to register, please click the link provided on each event or visit
Government Contracting 101 Workshops

Advanced Government Contracting Workshops

Meet the Buyer

Partner Workshops/Events 


Government Contracting 101

Thurston Economic Development Council - Lacey
Tue, Jul 22, 2014 from 9:00am - 11:00am
Pend Oreille Economic Development Office - Newport
Mon, Jul 28, 2014 from 9:00am - 4:00pm

TriCounty Economic Development District - Colville
Fri, Aug 1, 2014 from 9:00am - 4:00pm

Greater Spokane Incorporated - Spokane
Thu, Aug 14, 2014 from 8:00am - 11:00am

Kitsap Economic Development Alliance - Bremerton
Wed, Aug 20, 2014 from 9:00am - 11:00am

Port of Clarkston - Clarkston
Thu, Aug 21, 2014 from 9:00am - 4:00pm

Pend Oreille County Economic Development Office - Newport
Mon, Aug 25, 2014 from 9:00am - 4:00pm 

TriCounty Economic Development District - Colville
Fri, Aug 29, 2014 from 9:00am - 4:00pm

Advanced Government Contracting

Developing your Capabilities Statement
Tri City Regional Chamber of Commerce - Kennewick
Wed, Jul 16, 2014 from 9:00am - 10:00am
The "Ins and Outs" of PROS
Kitsap Economic Development Alliance - Bremerton
Wed, Jul 16, 2014 from 9:00am - 11:00am

8(a) Certification
Old Flour Mill - Okanogan
Wed, Jul 16, 2014 from 10:00am - 12:00pm
WOSB/EDWOSB Certification Process
Tri-Cities Business & Visitor Center - Kennewick
Tue, Jul 22, 2014 from 10:00am - 12:00pm
Government Contracting for Entrepreneurs
Walla Walla Community College - Clarkston
Wed, Jul 23, 2014 from 8:00am - 9:00am
Small Business Finance: Prepping You for Success
Kitsap Economic Development Alliance - Bremerton
Wed, Jul 23, 2014 from 9:00am - 11:00am

8(a) Certification
Economic Alliance Snohomish County - Everett
Wed, Jul 23, 2014 from 9:00am - 11:00am
GSA 101
Bates Technical College - Tacoma
Wed, Jul 23, 2014 from 9:30am - 11:30am

8(a) Certification
Highline Community College - Kent
Mon, Jul 28, 2014 from 9:00am - 11:00am
Certifications for Veteran Owned Small Businesses
Thurston Economic Development Council - Lacey
Tue, Jul 29, 2014 from 9:00am - 11:00am
PRIME OUTREACH: Being a Subcontractor, Part 2
Kitsap Economic Development Alliance - Bremerton
Wed, Jul 30, 2014 from 4:00pm - 6:00pm

8(a) Certification
Wenatchee Valley College - Center for Entrepreneurship & Continuing Education - Wenatchee
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 from 10:00am - 12:00pm

8(a) Certification
Bates Technical College - Tacoma
Wed, Aug 6, 2014 from 9:00am - 11:00am

8(a) Certification
SBA Education Center - Seattle
Mon, Aug 11, 2014 from 10:00am - 12:00pm

Strategies & Techniques for Successful Proposals
Economic Alliance Snohomish County - Everett
Wed, Aug 13, 2014 from 9:00am - 11:30am

Marketing to Government Buyers
Thurston Economic Development Council - Lacey
Thu, Aug 14, 2014 from 9:00am - 11:00am

Thurston Economic Development Council - Lacey
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 from 9:00am - 11:00am

Methods of Procurement
Bates Technical College - Tacoma
Wed, Aug 27, 2014 from 9:30am - 11:30am

Meet the Buyer

Doing Business with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Tri City Regional Chamber of Commerce - Kennewick
Tue, Aug 26, 2014 from 10:00am - 12:00pm

Partner Events

Business Diversity Pre-Submittal Outreach Event
Greater Spokane Incorporated - Spokane
Thu, Jul 17, 2014 from 9:30am - 12:00pm

Construction & Design Entrepreneurs (CDE)
City of Seattle - Seattle
Fri, Jul 18, 2014 from 7:30am - 9:00am

PNDC Networking Reception
Vigor Shipyards - Seattle
Tue, Jul 22, 2014 from 4:00pm - 6:00pm

2014 City of Seattle Reverse Vendor Trade Show
Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion - Seattle
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 from 8:30am - 3:00pm

Contractor Training Days
Yakima Convention Center - Yakima
Fri, Jul 25, 2014 from 7:30am - 5:00pm

Northwest Mountain MSDC Learning Workshops Day
Fri, Aug 8, 2014 from 9:00am - 1:00pm

PNDC VIP Summer Bash
West Linn, OR
Sat, Aug 9, 2014

Construction & Design Entrepreneurs (CDE)
Williams Factory Small Business Incubator - Tacoma
Fri, Aug 15, 2014 from 7:30am - 9:00am

Maritime Security 2014 West
Hotel Murano, Bicentennial Pavilion - Tacoma
Tue, Aug 19-20, 2014

Boots to Business Reboot
Highline Community College - Des Moines, WA
Wed, Aug 20-21, 2014 from 8:30am - 4:00pm

2014 Northwest Mountain MSDC Scholarship Fundraiser & Silent Auction
China Creek - Newcastle
Tue, Aug 26, 2014

SBA ONAA 8(a) Business Development Training to Tribal Corporations
Puyallup Tribal Administration Building - Tacoma
Thu, Aug 28, 2014 from 8:30am - 4:00pm

Alliance NW 2015: Save the Date!
March, 5, 2014

If you are interested in being involved as a sponsor or exhibitor for the 2015 event, please contact Tiffany Scroggs.

To be kept up to date with Alliance NW updates, like the Alliance NW page on Facebook!
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In This Issue
Alliance Save the Date

Increases for Size Standards

SBA 8(a) Roadshow

Featured Event: How to Prepare a Responsive Proposal

Featured Event: Contractor Training Days

Contracting Opportunities at Joint Base Lewis McChord

Contracting Opportunities at Naval Base Kitsap
Requests for Subcontracting Bids
Workshops & Events
Government Contracting 101
Advanced Government Contracting
Meet the Buyer Events
Partner Workshops/Events
Quick Links 
Procurement Technical Assistance Center

Requests for Subcontracting Bids or Pricing
Prime Contractors from around Washington State frequently contact PTAC in hopes of finding small businesses to submit a subcontracting quote with their bid packages. 
If you are a Small Business, Small Disadvantaged Business, HUBZone Certified, 8(a) Certified, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business, or Woman Owned Small Business, and are interested in working with Prime Contractors on proposals make sure to respond with the information requested from each contractor.
For the most up to date listing please visit the Washington PTAC Blog or follow us on Facebook and Twitter
Current Opportunities:

SDVOSB Demolition Firms for Mental Health Services Building
Multiple Primes:
Swinteron/Absher Construction and The Walsh Group

SR 520 Montake to Evergreen Pt Bridge
Multiple Primes:
Kiewit Manson, a Joint Venture,
Atkins Construction, PCL Construction, Flatiron Constructors

ACS Phase 2A AAV Hangar at JBLM
The Walsh Group

Transit Shelter Manufacturing & Parts Support
Community Transit - Snohomish Co

Featured Partner Event:

How to Prepare a Responsive Proposal
September 24, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Red Wind Casino
Olympia, WA 98513
This class offers the basic tools in the proposal process—from finding prime contractors to submitting quotes to entering into a subcontract.

Topics covered by this class:

- Proposal Requirements
- Researching Projects to Bid
- Understanding Bid Items
- Understanding Payment
- Scope Letters
- Pitfalls to Avoid in Proposals
- Responsible Bidding Practices
- Subcontract Agreements
- Federal Compliance
- Davis Bacon
- Manson Insurance Req.

Email Melinda Martirosian if you are interest in attending the class. Limit One individual per company.

Click here to see the event flyer with additional details.
Featured Partner Event:

Contractor Training Days
Department of Labor and Industries
Cost: Free

More than 25 different classes are offered on subjects including: safety, managing your claims to control your workers' compensation costs, public works contracting, business planning, risk management, marketing and more.

Yakima, WA
July 25, 2014

Edmonds, WA
September 5, 2014

Spokane, WA
October 24, 2014

Renton, WA
December, 5, 2014

If you are interested in attending or would like additional information, please go to the website or contact Rebecca Llewellyn.

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successfully compete in the government marketplace.


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