PTAC Training Events

Ongoing Training

Most PTACs offer a range of training to help you with government contracting, such as:

Introduction to Government Contracting:  A general overview of how the government buys goods and services.

Small Business Certifications:  Guidance on how to become certified and registered and the benfits for small business participating in the 8a, Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB), HUBZones, Woman Owned Businesses and Veteran Owned Business.

Navigating SAM:  How to manage GSA;s System for Award Management (SAM), required for government contracting.

Doing Business with GSA:  An introduction to GSA Schedules and requirements and process for GSA Schedule contracts.

Contract Accounting:  Designed to acquaint businesses with the accounting system standards that are found acceptable by units of government.

Response to RFPs/Proposal Writing:  Learn the structure of an RFP, how to understand every section and its requirements, how to identify required sources, and how to plan, develop write, review and deliver a complete, compliant and compelling proposal.

Teaming Arrangements and Subcontracting:  Designed to  teach and help small businesses develop successful teaming and subcontract relationships with large businesses, other small businesses and individuals.


Contact your local PTAC (below) for their schedule of classes, seminars and workshops near you.

For specific information on training opportunities near you, Find Your PTAC:

Major Events and Conferences
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03-05-2018 to 03-08-2018
Las Vegas / Nevada
“Buy Native” Matchmaking Procurement Expo during RES Las Vegas 2018 March 5-8, 2018
Sponsored By: National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development
Please join us for the “Buy Native” Matchmaking Procurement Expo during RES Las Vegas 2018, the largest economic development event focused exclusively on American Indian and Alaska Native businesses and economies. All businesses, regardless of ownership or socio-economic background, who have an interest in doing business in Indian Country, Federal and State Governments, large Federal Prime Contractors, and Fortune 500 Companies are welcome to attend the conference. Confirmed buying organizations at the conference include the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. General Services Administration, U.S. Department of Interior, Federal Reserve System, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Lockheed Martin Space, Northrop Grumman, The Boeing Company, BAE Systems, IBM, Home Depot, Southwest Airlines, Harris Corporation, City of Las Vegas, Clarke Country Purchasing & Contracts, California American Water, Bonneville Power Administration, and more. Attendees will also benefit from high caliber networking, teaming opportunities, business development sessions, RES Business Trade Show and Expo, American Indian Artisan Market, Tribal Business Leaders Forum, and much more. To register for RES Las Vegas 2018 and for additional conference information, please visit Matchmaking inquiries should be directed to We look forward to seeing you at RES Las Vegas 2018!
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03-28-2018 to 03-28-2018
Warren / Michigan
The Department of Health and Human Services Getting Back 2 Business Small Business Outreach
Sponsored By: Macomb Regional PTAC, SBA and U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Secretary (OS), Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
This one (1) day event is hosted in partnership with the U. S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) regional offices, affiliated government agencies and Macomb Regional PTAC. The aim of this B2B event is to showcase your business to the HHS Heads of Contracting Activities and other Program Officials who can provide their requirements and best practices in doing business with each operating-and staff-division within HHS. Examples of these divisions include the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Indian Health Services (IHS), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Assistant Secretary for Preparedness & Response (ASPR), Office of the Secretary, Program Support Center (PSC), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In addition to hearing from key acquisition and program leaders from within HHS, you will hear from representatives from the top twenty five (25) HHS prime large business contractors on the “Subcontracting Panel” where they will discuss how small businesses can potentially partner with these large primes. Also, the Small Business Administration (SBA) will provide an overview on the small business programs and services like the 8(a), HUBZone and Women Owned Small Business certification programs; the All Small Mentor-Protégé Program, Lender and Loan Contract Financing, Procurement Technical Assistance Centers and other small business resource partners. If you have questions about this event, please contact us at
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04-04-2018 to 04-04-2018
Watertown / NY
2018 North Country Matchmaker
Sponsored By: GWNC Chamber of Commerce
The 2018 North Country Matchmaker in Watertown, NY is a chance for small businesses to meet with buyers from prime & defense contractors and government agencies. Register today to meet with influential purchasing agents and area resources. These buyers are eager to do business with you. Whether your company is already selling to Prime Contractors and/or the government, or you want to start diversifying sales, you won't want to miss this Matchmaker!
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04-18-2018 to 04-19-2018
Kennewick / Washington
14th Annual Bridging Partnerships Small Business Symposium
Sponsored By: U.S. Department of Energy, the Hanford Site Prime Contractors and the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce
Join the Hanford Small Business Council, Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Bridging Partnerships’ sponsors for a development focused, information packed, and FUN-filled two days at the 14th Annual Bridging Partnerships Small Business Symposium. Bridging Partnerships is an opportunity for businesses of all sizes to gain valuable contracting tips and tricks, learn more about the mission and scope of work conducted at the Hanford Site, and to network! The event includes an optional Hanford site bus tour, evening welcome reception, breakout sessions, luncheon, tradeshow and more.
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05-09-2018 to 05-09-2018
Warren / Michigan
General Dynamics Corporation & PTACs of Michigan Leading the Way Industry Day
Sponsored By: PTACs of Michigan
Learn - Network - Identify Opportunities - Build Partnerships Please join us for this all day event bringing together Michigan businesses with General Dynamics Corp, Defense Agencies and Government resources. This will be an excellent networking event for businesses interested in selling to General Dynamics, a leading aerospace and defense company, and to Government Defense Agencies. This conference offers businesses an opportunity to learn more about General Dynamics and its 4 major industries: Aerospace, Combat Systems, Information Systems and Technology, and Marine Systems. In attendance will be representatives from each of General Dynamics' 10 divisions: Gulfstream Aerospace, Jet Aviation, European Land Systems, Land Systems, Ordnance and Tactical Systems, Information Technology, Mission Systems, Bath Iron Works, Electric Boat and NASSCO. You don't want you to miss out on the opportunity to apply to this event. You must apply on line for an opportunity to meet with General Dynamics Business Unit Buyers. Please note that submitting an application does NOT guarantee you a meeting. General Dynamics will be selecting who they want to meet with based on your capabilities and their needs. Additionally, during the application process you can also sign up for Tech Talks that provide a 5 minute presentation about your company's capabilities, or you can purchase a high top table to market your company (limited supply, first come first serve) To learn more about the event see the event flier link as well as the General Dynamics Key Needs by Business Unit link. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us. Event highlights: Special Keynote Speaker Supplier Tech Talks Matchmaking with Supply Chain Decisionmakers Supplier to Supplier Networking Supplier Banner Ads Panel Discussions Special Guests US Navy, TACOM, DLA, SBA, Selfrige Air National Guard Base and more Applications are open until April 1, 2018. DRAFT AGENDA: General Dynamics Corporation Key Needs by Business Unit: More information contact
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