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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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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10-27-2016 to 10-27-2016
Battle Creek / Michigan
Southwest Michigan Regional Meet the Buyers
Sponsored By: Southwest Michigan PTAC & SBDC
The Southwest Michigan PTAC presents a Meet the Buyer event including a presentation and panel on protecting your business against cyber attacks. Participants include government buyers from the federal, state, and local agencies. There will also be prime government contractors and resources available to meet with you. Bring your business cards and capability statements. Contact Kim for an appointment if you would like assistance with a government capability statement for your company: (269) 382-0472 or
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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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11-01-2016 to 11-01-2016
Mechanicsburg / PA
PA Manufacturer’s Industry Day
Sponsored By: SEDA Council of Governments PTAC, the Northeastern PA PTAC, the Southern Alleghenies PTAC, the Southeast PA PTAC, the West Shore Chamber of Commerce, MANTEC/PA IRC Network, and the PA Manufacturers’ Association
How to do business with Letterkenny Army Depot and the Tobyhanna Army Depot. The cost is $20 per person.
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11-03-2016 to 11-03-2016
Harrisburg / PA
Federal Sales and Marketing: Finding Opportunities
Sponsored By: EZGSA, SEDA Council of Governments PTAC, Southeast PA PTAC, Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC
How to predict the government's buying habits, where opportunities are listed, what contracting officers want to hear, which RFPs should you respond to, how to craft a capabilities statement. (Cost is $50 with code EZGSA4SEDA)
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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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