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Today is National PTAC Day!

Today, September 16, we're taking part in National PTAC Day, which for us means a day to celebrate our more than 1,500 active clients and 100 plus trainings and events annually. We're also celebrating successes - last year, our business clients won more than 3,000 government contracts totaling over $300 million.  Congratulations to the team at Washington PTAC for helping our state's firms thrive in the government marketplace!

Later this week, we're launching our new PTAC website. Stay tuned on our social channels for updates!

PTAC client Evergreen UnitedFood Hub in Shelton, WA, bid and won their first federal contract with the US Department of Agriculture in May of this year.

“We have the privilege of working with some of the most innovative, hardworking businesses in Washington State. It’s exciting to see that these firms have a lot to offer the public sector,” commented Tiffany Scroggs, Program Director of Washington PTAC. 

Contact Us

Contact a PTAC Counselor today for assistance with all your government contracting questions. Click on a counselor's name to email them or call at the phone number listed.

Main Center
Thurston EDC
4220 6th Ave.
Lacey, WA 98503
360-754-6020

Program Manager
Tiffany Scroggs

Counselors
Kate Hoy
Dale Colbert
Trena Payton 

Support
George Sharp

Sub Centers
Economic Alliance
Snohomish County   

(425) 248-4223
Lisa Lagerstrom

Greater Spokane Inc
(509) 321-3646
Aleesha Roedel

Columbia River Economic Development Council
(503) 694-9403
Jeannet Santiago

Green River College
(253) 520-6267
Darrell Sundell
Marnie Tyson
Phillip Luebke
 
Kitsap Economic Development Alliance
(360) 377-9499
Mary Jo Juarez
Kathy Cocus
Terry Homburg 

Tri-City Regional
Chamber of Commerce

(509) 491-3231
Jody O'Connor

Bid Opportunities

NEW Dept of Enterprise Services Master Contract for Prefabricated and Modular Bridges. Click WEBS and search 06819.
 
Camp Murray is replacing HVAC equipment and controls.  Click WEBS and search for RFP21-009.
 
Washington State will be using a national contract for Software Value-Added Reseller Services coordinated by the Arizona Dept of Administration.  See notice on WEBS (BPM002338)
 
US Coast Guard Surface Forces Logistics Center is issuing an RFP for removal and replacement of the Starboard Main Propulsion Motor of the USCGC Healy during an unplanned dry-docking of the vessel.  Click here for link to RFP.
 
Graham Construction is re-bidding a Cast-in-Place Concrete Barrier on the SR520 Project at Montlake.  See bid notice here.
 
Bouten Construction Company is seeking bids for a new build project at Gonzaga University Human Physiology and Univ of WA School of Medicine building in Spokane.  Click here for bid notice.

Kiewit is soliciting subcontractor bids and material quotes from subcontractors and suppliers for the following project: SR 509, I-5 to 24th Avenue S. – New Expressway Project. For more information click here. 
 

Upcoming Events

National PTAC Day Webinar                       
9/16/2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Webinar              
All businesses are invited to join government marketplace experts from around the country for a fun, interactive, and enlightening event! Hosted by the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, participants will have a chance to test their knowledge of the federal government marketplace while hearing top tips from PTAC counselors across the country. 
 
Overview of the Woman-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program                    
9/16/2020 10:00 AM –11:30 AM Webinar              
Join SBA Portland District and Washington PTAC for this webinar which will provide an overview of the Woman-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program. Major changes are coming to the program and this session will provide an overview of those changes as well as general requirements and program benefits.
 
GSA Schedule Rescue Camp: Steps You Need To Take NOW - Govology                
9/17/2020 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Webinar              
$75 Free for Washington PTAC clients - contact your PTAC counselor      
The GSA Schedule Rescue Camp is designed to give you the skills you need to anticipate and avoid GSA Schedule problems. It will also teach you how to get yourself out of situations that threaten your contract, despite your best efforts, without spending a fortune.
 
Goods & Services Vendor Orientation: King County                        
9/17/2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Webinar              
Learn how to register as a King County vendor, apply to County rosters, certify as a small firm, how King County buys goods & services. As well as tips for marketing to County agencies and submitting bids and proposals. Meet with Goods & Services Buyer, Sustainable Purchasing Manager, and Small Business Certification Specialist.
 
Government Contracting Conversations, News, Etc. for Pierce County
9/18/2020 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM   Webinar                                                 
An informal, virtual forum for small business owners to discuss the challenges of operating in our current crisis and environment and how that affects business growth in the government sector.
 
Laying the Groundwork - Government Procurement Basics                        
9/18/2020 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Webinar              
If you are a small business owner and are brand new to government procurement. This class will lay the groundwork for you to decide is government contracting in your future.  We will cover the basics of government procurement. Who are you selling to? What are they buying? How do they buy it?
 
Major Construction, Small Works, & Architecture and Engineering - PortGen                      
9/18/2020 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM    Webinar              
Port of Seattle Informational Session Webinar hosted by Tabor 100
Attendees will gain an understanding on the following: Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program and Projects, Solicitation/Contract Database & Training Workshops, Port Construction Services (PCS) Controls, Small Works and JOC Contracts, Permitting Process, Tabor Membership.
  
10 Seconds to Impact - Creating Extraordinary Elevator Pitches - PREP ZOOM MEETING
9/22/2020 9:30 AM - 9:45 AM Webinar  
Join this short zoom preparation meeting to test your camera and audio for tomorrow's meeting.  Learn how to navigate zoom screens.
 
Northwest Regional Meet the Chiefs - SAME                     
9/22/2020 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM Webinar   
The SAME Northwest Regional 2020 Meet the Chiefs event has been rescheduled from June 15-16 to September 22.  The main event will be held virtually on Tuesday, the 22nd.
 
10 Seconds to Impact - Creating Extraordinary Elevator Pitches ZOOM MEETING               
9/23/2020 9:00am - 11:30am Webinar    
Gain critical awareness and tools you can use immediately to improve the quality of your elevator pitch.
 
The Importance of DBE Participation and Reporting: PortGen                     
9/23/2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Webinar              
This workshop will provide an overview of the Port’s DBE Participation and Reporting Systems (MAPS and CDS) and explain who, when, how, and why Port personnel, Primes, Sub Consultants, and DBE firms need to report payments and participation.
 
Equity in Contracting Workshop- City of Tacoma                               
9/23/2020 10:00AM-11:00AM Webinar  
This one hour, two-part workshop will cover how to get certified with the Office of Minority and Women Enterprise (OMWBE), and how to write a capabilities statement for use when bidding on projects. Presented by the City of Tacoma, and the Minority Business Development Agency.

Winning Strategies & Best Practices for Government Prospecting - Govology                     
9/24/2020 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Webinar              
$75 Free for Washington PTAC clients - contact your PTAC counselor      
In this presentation, you will learn how and where to prospect for potential buyers of your products or services the right way. You will discover real-world techniques and strategies that have helped businesses win billions of dollars in government contracts.
 
Laying the Groundwork: Basics of Government Contracting                        
9/25/2020 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM   Webinar              
This informal online discussion class is for small business owners who are brand new to government procurement. This class will lay the groundwork for you to decide if government contracting should be in your future.
 
Opportunities Outreach Event- WSDOT 72          
9/28/2020 1:00PM-2:00PM Webinar       
Please join us online to hear about upcoming opportunities at SR 520 Montlake Project. Hosted by WSDOT, presentations will be done by: Graham, American Bridge, and Elcon.
 
Wednesday with the Deputies (for Small Business) - Keyport                     
9/30/2020 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM   Workshop/Seminar       
This is an opportunity for industry partners to meet with the Deputies for Small Business from the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC), Keyport Division, and the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS/IMF). 
 
Contract Compliance                     
9/30/2020 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM   Webinar              
You have the contract, now what? Learn how to ensure that all departments are on the same page and how to provide products and services as expected.
 
First Friday Follow-up                    
10/2/2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Webinar 
Friday Follow-up is an open forum, round table for businesses to get answers from your local PTAC counselor and SBDC Advisor.  Bring your questions regarding government contracting and learn from knowledgeable Small Business Experts. 
 
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Northwestern Division Small Business Outreach Event      
10/6/2020 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM Webinar              
Learn how to do business with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Northwestern Division.  The event will include information on each district's mission and programs as well as a preliminary forecast of opportunities for the next fiscal year. 
 
Dissecting an RFQ - Day 1                             
10/7/2020 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Webinar
If you are interested in learning how to dissect a Request for Quote properly and have several hours to read through a sample RFQ prior to this workshop then please sign up by September 25th. This webinar workshop will provide information and tools on how to extract the important parts of an RFQ and create useful tools for future RFQ's and RFP's.
 
Contracting Coffee Hour                              
10/7/2020 8:00 AM – 10 AM Workshop/Seminar                               
Come with Your Government Contracting Questions! KEDA hosts a monthly Contracting Coffee Hour - an open forum for businesses with questions about contracting with the government. This is your opportunity to meet with contracting experts, network with other contractors, discuss common issues/problems, get your contracting questions answered, and identify support services available for contractors.
 
 Procurement Power Hour - Mentor-Protege (Kennewick)                           
10/8/2020 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM Workshop/Seminar                       
Procurement Power Hour, sponsored by Jacobs, is a monthly program designed to connect government contractors/subcontractors with like-minded peers and procurement professionals to discuss ideas, challenges, success, and more, to advance their success in the government contracting arena.
 
 Dissecting an RFQ - Day 2                             
10/8/2020 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Webinar
If you are interested in learning how to dissect a Request for Quote properly and have several hours to read through a sample RFQ prior to this workshop then please sign up by September 25th. This webinar workshop will provide information and tools on how to extract the important parts of an RFQ and create useful tools for future RFQ's and RFP's. Instructor Matthew Rhinehart, owner of MastPoint has over 20 years of experience with the federal government market and he's is ready to share his knowledge.
 
Laying the Groundwork - Government Procurement Basics                        
10/9/2020 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Webinar           
If you are a small business owner and are brand new to government procurement. This class will lay the groundwork for you to decide is government contracting in your future.  We will cover the basics of government procurement. Who are you selling to? What are they buying? How do they buy it?
 
Bureau of Reclamation Small Business Outreach Event
10/9/2020 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM   Webinar               
Save the Date! 
8:30 AM - 11:45 AM (PST, each day)
WHERE: Online
COST: PNDC, PTAC, Oles, AGC Members/Partners Discount Price: $25 | Regular Price: $35
The Federal Contracting Seminar is brought to you by a partnership with Oles Morrison Rinker Baker LLP, Pacific NW Defense Coalition, AGC, and Washington PTAC with the goal of providing high-quality training to businesses throughout the region.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS

News

SBA Issues New Regulations for Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program

Starting July 15, 2020, SBA will begin to implement changes consistent with the Small Business Act as amended in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015. In addition to the certification requirement for firms seeking WOSB and EDWOSB set-aside contracts, the regulations detail certification options for applicants and require authorized third-party certifiers to notify applicants of their fees and the option to use SBA’s free online certification process.

Below are some important timelines for firms to keep in mind:
  • The current self-certification process will remain available for firms until October 15, 2020, in certify.sba.gov;
  • Between now and July 15, 2020, WOSBs must download their documentation, currently housed in the WOSB Program Repository, from certify.sba.gov;
  • On July 15, 2020, firms can begin submitting applications for initial processing; and
  • On October 15, 2020, SBA will begin issuing decisions on certification.
The regulations detail important changes to the certification process, including the following:
  • Allows participation from firms certified by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Center of Verification and Evaluations, provided they meet all eligibility requirements;
  • Confirms the continued participation of approved third-party certifiers;
  • Eliminates the self-certification option from certify.sba.gov, effective October 15, 2020; and
  • Adopts a $750,000 net worth standard when assessing economic disadvantage for individuals in the 8(a) Business Development Program (8(a) Program). Additionally, funds invested in official retirement accounts are excluded from the analysis of an economically-disadvantaged individual’s personal net worth in both the WOSB and 8(a) Programs. This makes the economic disadvantage threshold and analysis consistent for EDWOSBs and 8(a) Program participants.
The new WOSB Program regulations will make it easier and more efficient for contracting officers to set aside and make awards to firms certified as WOSBs and EDWOSBs and will better empower agencies to meet the 5% federal contracting goal for women-owned small businesses. 

PTAC provides technical assistance to help Washington businesses successfully compete in the government marketplace. A program of the Thurston Economic Development Council, in partnership with the following subcenters:

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