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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09-27-2016 to 09-27-2016
Johnstown / Pennsylvania
Sponsored By: JARI PTAC, SAP&DC PTAC, North Central PTAC, Northern Tier PTAC, and IUP PTAC
A Resources & Opportunities Event for Small Businesse
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10-19-2016 to 10-19-2016
Fallon / NV
Small Business Matchmaker 2016
Sponsored By: Nevada PTAC, Procurement Outreach Program
Government agencies and large business government primes are looking for qualified, quality firms to buy the products and services they need to fulfill government procurements. Representatives will be available to meet with your business and discuss potential contract opportunities. Come Prepared! Bring your one-page Capabilities Statement and your Business Cards Brought to you by your Nevada Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), Procurement Outreach Program (POP) and cosponsored by the Nevada Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and State of Nevada Department of Business & Industry (B&I). For more information or for assistance in preparing for this event, please contact Maggie Neidigh, Government Contracts Advisor (GCA) for Rural Nevada, at 775-687-9922 (office) or 775-291-0784 (cell) or Who should attend? Existing businesses that currently con-tract or are preparing to contract with government agencies and/or prime contractors.
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10-20-2016 to 10-20-2016
Provo / Utah
Utah PTAC Vendor Fair
Sponsored By: Orbital ATK, USDC, Northrop Grumman Inc & Others
Over 45 Federal, State and Local Agencies along with many large Prime Defense Contractors and other business resource partners will be booth exhibitors, giving small businesses a one-stop-shop opportunity to network with contracting officers and purchasing agents from these organizations
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10-25-2016 to 10-25-2016
Cape Canaveral / FL
NASA-Kennedy Space Center Business Opportunities Expo 2016
Sponsored By: NASA KSC Prime Contractor Board, USAF 45th Space Wing, and Canaveral Port Authority
Exhibitors include businesses offering a variety of products & services. Representatives of NASA, USAF 45th Space Wing, prime contractors, and other government agencies will be available to answer specific questions about doing business with their respective organizations.
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10-26-2016 to 10-26-2016
Washington / PA
GACO/GCAC's 29th Annual Procurement Opportunities Fair
Sponsored By: Government Agency Coordination Office (GACO), PTAC and Government Contracting Assistance Center (GCAC), PTAC
California University of Pennsylvania and Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania are sponsoring GACO’s 29th Annual Procurement Opportunities Fair to assist businesses interested in pursuing government contracts and subcontracts. The fair provides an excellent chance for businesses to network with government agencies and prime contractors seeking to identify potential vendors and suppliers. A number of government agencies, major corporations and local purchasing representatives will participate in the fair offering a tremendous marketing opportunity for businesses. Click for a list of confirmed exhibitors. Additionally, seminars on Doing Business with the Defense Logistics Agency and Doing Business with the Commonwealth of PA will be presented. SEE OUR EVENTS PAGE FOR MORE INFORMATION (Click here).
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10-27-2016 to 10-27-2016
Arlington / VA
Veterans International Small Business Opportunities Conference (VISBOC)
Sponsored By: Virginia PTAP and United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
The Veterans International Small Business Opportunities Conference (VISBOC) is meant to put small veteran-owned businesses in touch with federal agency decision makers and large primes to help them understand how to market to the government.
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11-01-2016 to 11-01-2016
Glen Ellyn / Illinois
Be the BOSS: Conquering the Business Battlefield
Sponsored By: Center for Entrepreneurship at College of DuPage (ILPTAC, ILSBDC, ILITC); U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA); SCORE
The Be the BOSS (Bravo Oscar Sierra Sierra) conference will bring together many veteran and small business focused resources to ensure that you receive valuable training and get answers to the many questions you may have regarding the business world. Choose from a variety of sessions offered in three tracks based on your business interests. Conference topics include: How to start up a new business venture the right way Discover and understand financing options and their uses Steps needed to work with the government Small business certifications (such as [SD]VOSB) Exporting goods and services to other countries How to wow buyers at trade shows and through other marketing techniques There will be segments for everyone and endless opportunities to gain knowledge to pursue your desired business path. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Veterans attend for FREE! Not a Veteran? No problem, you can still register to attend for a cost of $99. Everyone planning to attend the conference must register for the event.
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11-01-2016 to 11-01-2016
Gulfport / Mississippi
Sponsored By: Supervisor of Shipbuilding and South Mississippi Contract Procurement Center
This event is open to any business that would like to learn about selling their goods and services to the various shipyards along the Gulf Coast. After a brief presentation, representatives will be available to meet and answer your questions. The event is FREE to attend but pre-registration is required. Bring your own lunch and join us for this informative event. Invited Shipyard Companies: * Austal * Huntington Ingalls Shipyard * Swiftwhips * Textron Marine * VT Halter Marine * and others Other Invited Exhibitors: * NAVSEA Supervisor of Shipbuilding * Procurement Technical Assistance Center (AL, FL, LA, MS) * U.S. Small Business Administration
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05-16-2017 to 05-18-2017
Kansas City / MO
16th DOE Annual Small Business Forum & Expo
Sponsored By: US Dept of Energy

If you are interested in doing business with the U.S. Department of Energy, the 16th DOE Annual Small Business Forum & Expo will take place May 16-18, 2017 in Kansas City, MO.  Please click here to visit the conference website! 

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