APTAC Conference Call for Presentations

APTAC Spring 2017 Training Conference – Call for Presentations

Conference Theme:  “Innovation for Tomorrow’s Procurement World”

Location: The Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC) is holding its Spring 2017 Training Conference in San Diego, CA Sunday, April 9 – Thursday, April 13, 2017. The Training Conference will be held at the Manchester Grant Hyatt at 1 Market Place in San Diego, CA 92101.

Theme: Innovation for Tomorrow’s Procurement World

The government marketplace is constantly shifting. Recently, there’s been a lot of discussion on how small, innovative firms, can successfully introduce their innovations into the marketplace. Sometimes this occurs through a partnership with a National Lab or programs like the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or through unconventional contracting efforts like DoD’s “Hack the Pentagon Pilot Program.” This educational conference will address how businesses can find a door into the government, what creative procurement approaches work in the government marketplace, and how Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) can support the shift in focus to innovation.

PTACs are an important resource in the smooth implementation of acquisition reforms, ensuring both rapid communication about Government needs and good preparation of industries ready to respond. APTAC’s Spring 2017 learning event seeks to explore the latest trends in public acquisition, and deliver the insights that PTAC counselors need to best advise their clients for success in the Government contracting arena.

Who We Are: APTAC represents 98 Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) across the United States. Collectively, PTACs employ 600 procurement counselors who work daily with literally tens of thousands of businesses, providing them with insights and information on how to best identify, compete for, and win Government contracts. PTACs are no strangers to innovation. Indeed, PTACs are famous for finding ways to deliver more service, reach more business clients, and increasingly contribute to their success. In order to continue to succeed, PTAC counselors want and need up-to-the-minute information about changes in Government regulations, policies and initiatives.

That’s why we are seeking speakers and presenters for our Training Conference who can deliver the latest news as well as strategies for success in today’s Government contracting arena. We seek to focus on topics that deal with procurement policies and practices that we can translate into advice to the businesses we serve. We seek practical tips, techniques and resources that will assist PTAC counselors guide their clients to a heightened understanding of today’s Government acquisition requirements.

Presentation Topics: APTAC is now accepting presentation proposals from engaging and experienced experts to address our conference theme in topical areas such as the following:

  • Unconventional contracting methods – How can innovative firms get involved?
  • Category Management – What Does Government-Wide Implementation Look Like?
  • New Cyber Security Standards – How Can Small Businesses Both Prepare and Compete?
  • Experimentation and Prototyping To Reduce the Acquisition Cycle
  • The Business Impact of ‘Better Buying Power’ – DoD’s Acquisition Reform Policy
  • What ‘Government Transformation’ Means for Public Contracting
  • Will a New Era of Transparency Mean Better Contracting Access for Small Businesses?
  • Lowest Price Technically Acceptable – Coming or Going?
  • Contracting Implications for Increased Use of MACs and GWACs
  • Will New Legal Challenges Bring an End to the 8(a) Program?
  • How to Create Value and Differentiators in the Government Marketplace
  • Open submittal – you are invited to submit topics relevant to government contracting

Length of Presentations: 1.5 hours, including time for questions and answers. Selected presentations may be offered twice, typically back to back, to allow conferees to attend all sessions.

Audience: The members of APTAC – representatives of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers – are an elite, national corps of individuals who provide training, counseling and technical assistance to businesses interested in selling products/services to the public sector. APTAC members work with businesses to identify opportunities, provide training on a broad array of topics related to Government procurement, as well as providing technical assistance related to Government programs and acquisition. The goal of this conference is to provide APTAC members with practical tools, techniques and resources that can be directly used to guide businesses in understanding how to meet the Government sector’s current standards and thereby become more successful in the Government marketplace. Attendance at the Training Conference is estimated at 300-350 persons, representing PTACs hosted by colleges and universities, economic development organizations, non-profits, and units of state and local government from across the country.

Making a Submittal: If you are interested in speaking/presenting at APTAC’s Spring 2017 Training Conference, please provide the following information not later than January 4, 2017.

  • Session Topic you would like to present (in any of the specified topical areas or on any topic related to the training conference’s overall theme).
  • Proposed Session Description (200 words or less) including learning objectives: “As a result of this training, PTAC Counselors will learn…..”
  • Brief Statement about how you will make your proposed topic relevant to the APTAC audience, including FAR references where applicable.
  • Brief biographic sketch highlighting experience and background related to the topic.
  • Name, Title, and Organization, e-mail address.

Submittals: Your information should be emailed jointly to the following three persons:

APTAC Interim Executive Director:

Ms. Becky Peterson
APTAC Vice President for Education-Elect:

Ms. Tiffany Scroggs
APTAC Education Committee Chair:

Ms. Debbie Barber

Acceptance and Notification: All proposed presentations received by the deadline will be reviewed, and speakers will be notified via email of their acceptance no later than January 31, 2017. Selected speakers will be expected to provide a copy of their PowerPoint presentation four weeks in advance of the conference.