October 2015 PTAC Newsletter
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Small Businesses - Come One, Come All! 
You're invited to the North Puget Sound Small Business Summit

by Kunjan Dayal, Community Transit
Have you even found yourself nearing the end of a project thinking “now what?” It’s important for small businesses to be aware of when current projects end, when new and prospective projects start, how long it takes you to prepare responsive bids to solicitations and how long it takes to ramp up & down between projects. The key aspect of becoming a successful government contractor is making sure you maintain a healthy business all year long not only with your government contracts, but in all aspects of your business.

What’s in your pipeline for 2016? If you’re interested in more projects in North Puget Sound, the business communities of North Puget Sound and the surrounding area have collaborated to organize a summit for small businesses on Nov 6, 2015. There you’ll find:
  • 70+ exhibitors
  • 1000+ attendees
  • Motivational words from several prominent small business champions
  • Advanced workshop offerings
  • All day small business matchmaking sessions
  • Vast networking opportunities
This first ever summit provides all businesses an opportunity to grow their business. Small businesses should expect to meet key decision makers at the exhibitor’s booths. This is an opportunity to develop a strategic network of business contacts with a large number of business leaders, project managers, and buyers. 

We believe the success of small businesses will make the region prosperous and in turn benefit the buying organizations - it is a recipe for success all around.
November 6, 2015
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Xfinity Arena Edward D. Hansen
2000 Hewitt Ave #200
Everett, WA
Win a FREE Quarter Page Ad in the 2016 Alliance NW Program 

On March 10, 2016 we will roll out the new 72 page Washington PTAC Magazine, which will replace the Alliance NW Program.

We need your help! We don't have a title for the magazine!

Submit your title suggestion for this new and exciting government contracting magazine which will not only include the Alliance NW Program, but also articles by government contracting experts, resources for small business government contractors, and more. Whichever business, organization, or agency suggests the name chosen will be given a Full-Color Quarter Page advertisement in the new publication. No attendance to Alliance NW required!

The rules are:
  • There are no rules! Submit as many titles to as you’d like for review.
  • Anyone can submit a title for review! Small business, large business, non-profit, government agency, you name it!
  • Deadline: This Friday, October 16, 2015 no later than 5 p.m. Email us now!
Learn more about Alliance Northwest | March 10, 2016
Puyallup, WA

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 Essentials Workshops

Advanced Government Contracting Workshops

Meet the Buyer

Partner Workshops/Events

Government Contracting Essentials

Center for Business & Innovation - Lacey
Thu, Oct 15, 2015 from 8:00am - 10:00am

Pend Oreille County Economic Development Office - Newport
Mon, Oct 26, 2015 from 9:00am - 4:00pm 

Bates Technical College - Tacoma
Wed, Oct 28, 2015 from 9:30am - 11:30am

Center for Business & Innovation - Lacey
Tue, Nov 3, 2015 from 9:00am - 11:00am

Green River College - Kent Station Campus
Tue, Nov 10, 2015 from 9:30am - 12:00pm 

Greater Spokane Incorporated - Spokane
Fri, Nov 20, 2015 from 8:00am - 11:30pm

Green River College - Kent Station Campus
Wed, Dec 2, 2015 from 9:30am - 12:00pm

Tri City Regional Chamber of Commerce - Kennewick
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 from 8:30am - 10:30am

Center for Business & Innovation - Lacey
Tue, Dec 15, 2015 from p:00am - 11:00am


Advanced Government Contracting

Methods of Government Contracting
Puget Sound Regional Council - Seattle
Tue, Oct 20, 2015 from 10:00am - 12:00pm

Marketing to the Government: Reaching Buyers and Primes (Social Media and Other Tools) 
Kitsap Economic Development Alliance - Bremerton
Wed, Oct 21, 2015 from 9:00am - 11:00am

Certifications for Veteran Owned Small Businesses
Center for Business & Innovation - Lacey
Wed, Nov 4, 2015 from 9:00am - 11:30am

Leveraging Your Veteran Status in the Federal
Center for Business & Innovation - Lacey
Wed, Nov 4, 2015 from 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Methods of Government Contracting
Bates Technical College - Tacoma
Thu, Nov 19, 2015 from 9:30am - 11:30am

Subcontracting Bookkeeping Basics 
Kitsap Economic Development Alliance - Bremerton
Wed, Dec 16, 2015 from 9:00am - 11:00am

GSA Multiple Award Schedules

Bates Technical College - Tacoma
Thu, Dec 1, 2015 from 9:30am - 11:30am

Meet the Buyer

Walla Walla Army Corps Industry Day
Walla Walla District Headquarters  - Walla Walla 
Fri, Oct 23, 2015 from 9:00am - 4:00 pm

Doing Business with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Tri-Cities Business & Visitor Center - Kennewick
Tue, Dec 8, 2015 from 9:00am - 11:00am

Alliance Northwest * - Early Bird Registration Opens TODAY!!!
Washington Fairgrounds - Puyallup
Thu, Mar 10, 2016 from 7:00am - 4:00pm


Partner Events*

2015 Greater Pierce County Annual Purchasing Forum
STAR Center - Tacoma
Wed, Oct 14, 2015 from 9:00am - 12:00pm

Great Washington ShakeOut
Wherever you are at 10:15 a.m. - Everywhere!
Thu, Oct 15, 2015 from 10:15am - 10:16am

Mortenson Subcontractor Outreach Event
University of Washington - Tacoma
Thu, Oct 15, 2015 from 5:30pm - 8:00pm

Small Business Blueprint for Project Success Series
Bellevue City Hall - Bellevue
Wed, Oct 21, 2015 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm

South Sound Showcase
Saint Martin's University: Marcus Pavillion - Lacey
Thu, Oct 22, 2015 from 10:00am - 4:00pm

L&I Contractor Training Day
Spokane Community College - Spokane
Fri, Oct 23, 2015 from 8:00am - 5:00pm

Subcontracting on Construction Projects with WSDOT
WSDOT Eastern Region Headquarters - Spokane
Wed, Oct 28, 2015 from 3:00am - 5:30pm

North Puget Sound Small Business Summit
Xfinity Arena - Everett
Fri, Nov 6, 2015 from 9:00am - 4:00pm

PNDC 10th Annual Dinner
Sentinel Hotel - Portland
Wed, Nov 11, 2015 from 5:00am - 8:30pm

South Sound Military & Communities Partnership 4th Annual Forum
McChord Club - JBLM
Thu, Nov 12, 2015 from 7:30am - 11:30am

Business After Hours
Maritime Event Center at Pier 66 - Seattle
Thu, Nov 12, 2015 from 5:00pm - 8:00pm

* indicates that a fee may be required in order to register for that workshop or event

In This Issue

North Puget Sound Summit

Free Advertising

Client Satisfaction Survey

Contracting Opportunities
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 Contracting Opps or follow us on Facebook and Twitter
Current Opportunities:

Downtown Bellevue Tunnel
Kiewit Infrastructure West

Annapolis Park & Ride
Kitsap Transit

Birch Bay Lynden Rd
PCL Construction

Allied Health & Childhood Development Center Phase 2
PCL Construction

Mercy Othello Plaza, Seattle, WA
Walsh Construction

Fort Vancouver Barracks
City of Vancouver, WA Postings in WA, OR, ID
Various Agencies
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March 10, 2016
Puyallup, WA



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