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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06-27-2019 to 06-27-2019
Kalamazoo / MI
Southwest Michigan Meet the Buyers
Sponsored By: Southwest Michigan PTAC
Government contracting is about building relationships with agencies, prime contractors, and business resources. Government contracting opportunities with a total value under $25,000 are not required to be posted publicly. For these opportunities, it is vital to have a relationship with the buyers and to be on an agency's vendor/bid list so that you are contacted for a quote. This is an opportunity to connect with multiple government buyers and prime contractors at one time, as well as business resources. There are two purposes for this event: • The first half will provide information about working with the City of Kalamazoo. They have numerous projects coming up in the coming year. • The second half of the afternoon is an opportunity for business vendors to meet one-on-one with representatives from government, resources, and local businesses.
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07-11-2019 to 07-11-2019
Arlington / Virginia
The USAID 2019 Subcontracting Summit & Matchmaking Event
Sponsored By: USAID
The Virginia PTAC / USAID Subcontracting Summit is a training session to the Small Business Liaisons who work for USAID's large business prime contractors. It addresses the requirements of the federal government's subcontracting program. It also includes a small business matchmaking session where we bring large international prime contractors together with small businesses who have the potential to serve as subcontractors.
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07-11-2019 to 07-11-2019
Arlington / Virginia
USAID 2019 Subcontracting Summit
Sponsored By: USAID and Virginia PTAC
The Virginia PTAC and the U.S. Agency for International Development Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization present the USAID 2019 Subcontracting Summit on July 11, 2019 from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM. The event will be held at GMU Founders Hall, 3551 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201. Parking is available in the building and there is also easy access to Metro for those traveling from out of town. The agenda includes Director of USAID/OSDBU Mauricio Vera and Subcontracting Program Manager, Harry Parker, Ph.D. The morning session will provide SBLO Training for Large Business Prime Contractors and the afternoon will include Matchmaking for small business. For more information and registration for the "Other than Small" (Large) Business is here: For more information and registration for small business: Please note that the SMALL Business portion of the event begins after noon. No lunch will be provided and the event is free.
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07-16-2019 to 07-16-2019
Lansing / MI
Cybersecurity Workshop Training
Sponsored By: Northrop Grumman, in collaboration with the USC Center for Economic Development, is offering free cybersecurity training to small businesses through an Air Force Small Business Office Mentor Protégé Program. PTACs of Michigan are assisting in planning the event.
WORKSHOP OBJECTIVES: The primary purpose of our one-day 8-hour workshop is to ensure that small businesses are aware of the cybersecurity requirements mandated under Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations Supplement (DFARS) Subpart 204.73. We will focus on understanding the risks associated with safeguarding controlled unclassified Department of Defense (DoD) information. The workshop will focus on the groups of controls from National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication (SP) 800-171, with examples highlighting what happens when these controls are not implemented. By the end of the workshop, you will become familiar with all 110 controls and be able to better identify the areas where you may need greater focus to meet the DoD’s cybersecurity expectations. We hope you’ll join us.
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07-24-2019 to 07-24-2019
Harrison Township / MI
Meet the Micro Buyer at Selfridge Air National Guard Base
Sponsored By: Macomb Regional PTAC
In August of 2018 the Department of Defense raised the micro-purchase threshold for supplies to $10,000. • A micro-purchase is a purchase for goods. • It has minimal competitive procedures, including small business set asides. • Micro Purchases can be awarded without soliciting competitive price quotations if the price is reasonable. Macomb Regional PTAC is excited to offer this event focused on micro-purchase buying at Selfridge from 9 am to 12 pm in the Dining Hall. At this event, you will learn more about micro purchase buys and have an opportunity to market your business to the Micro Buyers at Selfridge by participating in 15 minute speed dating sessions. Please come with plenty of businesses cards and an up-to-date capability statements. No fee to attend, but all attendees are required to register. Please fill out all the required information on the registration page. With out supplying this information, you will not be cleared for access to the base. No walk-ins will be allowed the day of due to the requirement of pre-authorization by SANGB. REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE ON JULY 15, 2019, COB TO ALLOW TIME FOR SANGB TO PRE-AUTHORIZE ATTENDEES. Register at:
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