The national Procurement Technical Assistance Program was authorized by Congress in 1985, and there are currently ninety-three Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, with over 300 local offices, that form a nationwide network of dedicated procurement professionals working to help local businesses compete successfully in the government. PTACs are the bridge between public buyer and supplier, bringing knowledge of both government contracting and the capabilities of contractors to maximize fast, reliable service to our government. It supports the efforts of small business owners who want to learn which agencies buy their specific products and services, assists with developing proposals, and provides information about issues such as bonding, financial capacity and receiving prompt payment.
The UTSA center will continue offering monthly “Supplier-Vendor Networking Breakfasts” which feature large prime contractors and opportunities. Eagle Ford Shale gas/oil play prospects are currently being featured. Veterans, minority certification, and assistance with employer requirements will continue to be available. Previous customers of the City of San Antonio’s procurement assistance program can contact the SBDC PTAC to continue growing their markets.
The new federal funding will enable the SBDC PTAC to expand federal contracting opportunity assistance in the 12 counties surrounding the city of San Antonio.
“This award complements the services already being provided by the Institute for Economic Development SBDC Network and creates a one-stop shop of services for the business community,” says Terri Williams, SBDC PTAC director.