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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08-29-2016 to 09-01-2016
Columbus / Ohio
DLA Land & Maritime Supplier Conference & Exposition
Sponsored By: DLA Land & Maritime
This educational conference will provide an opportunity to build new and strengthen existing partnerships, at the strategic and tactical levels. A 2½ day event is planned, with mornings full of dynamic speakers from Industry, to include both a small business and large business panel discussion with industry leaders, and with Defense with backgrounds in Logistics and Acquisition, as well as General Officer speakers from the Army and Navy providing the voice of customers. Afternoons will feature breakout topics.  
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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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10-20-2016 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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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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