APTAC Conference Call for Presentations

APTAC 2018 Fall Training Conference – Call for Presentations

Conference Dates: November 11 – 14, 2018        Submission Deadline: Friday, June 15, 2018 (close of business)

Location: The Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC) will hold its Fall 2018 Training Conference November 11 – 14, 2018, in Washington, D.C. The Training Conference will be at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Avenue, NW.

Who We Are: APTAC represents 97 Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) across the United States. Collectively, PTACs employ 600 procurement counselors who work daily with tens of thousands of businesses, providing them with insights and information on how to best identify, compete for, and win Government contracts. 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 is 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 practical tips, techniques and resources that will assist PTAC counselors guide their clients to a heightened understanding of today’s Government acquisition requirements.

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. Essentially, presentations are to “train the trainer”. 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.

Theme: Guide Their Journey: Improving Client Service

Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) Counselors work with businesses on an array of topics in relation to government contracting and subcontracting. From the simple to the complex, our members need to be prepared to guide our clients through the long and winding road, anticipating the speed bumps and red tape along the way. Our Training Conferences are a time to increase our skills.

APTAC’s Fall 2018 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. PTAC Counselors who attend will receive credit towards their professional certification.

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:

  • Representations and Certifications
  • Financial Controls
  • Contract Types
  • Contract Compliance Issues
  • Government Contract Formats
  • Understanding Federal Solicitations
  • The SBIR/STTR Program
  • Market Research Tools and Best Practices
  • The Business Impact of the New Administration: How are Procurement Opportunities Shifting?
  • Changes in Government Contracting Regulations: What’s new and what’s gone?
  • 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.

Making a Submittal: If you are interested in speaking/presenting at APTAC’s Fall 2018 Training Conference, please provide the following information ASAP, but not later than June 15, 2018.

  • 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 Administrator

John Erdmann

APTAC Vice-President:

Ms. Debbie Barber

APTAC Education Committee Chair:

Ms. Lenora Leasure

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 July 13, 2018. Selected speakers will be expected to provide a copy of their PowerPoint presentation four weeks in advance of the conference.