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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10-25-2017 to 10-25-2017
Washington / PA
GACO/GCAC's 30th 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 30th 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. For a list of confirmed exhibitors access gaco-events. Additionally, seminars on Cybersecurity Requirements for DoD Contracts and Doing Business with Allegheny County will be presented. Register at
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10-26-2017 to 10-26-2017
Huntsville / AL
Ninth Annual Alabama PTAC Business Matchmaker in Huntsville, Alabama
Sponsored By: Alabama PTAC program - The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Alabama PTAC 9th Annual Business Matchmaker Click Here to Register Today! October 26, 2017 at the Jackson Center 7:15 am - Noon The Business Matchmaker is a great opportunity for small businesses to connect with government agencies and prime contractors one-on-one. The 12 minute sessions will provide small businesses the chance to discuss how they can meet the needs of agencies and prime contractors by providing detailed information concerning their capabilities during this important networking event! 2017 Buyer Participants The following Buyers are confirmed to participate in our 9th annual Business Matchmaker event on October 26, 2017: Alabama Purchasing AMCOM/AMC Army Contracting Command (ACC) Army SBIR Birmingham Airport Authority Boeing City of Huntsville Purchasing Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Dynetics Federal Aviation Administration Southern Region General Atomics Aeronautical Systems General Dynamics- IT GSA Federal Acquisition Service Huntsville Utilities Jacobs Technology KBRwyle Lockheed Martin MIssle Defense Agency (MDA) MDA SBIR NASA-MSFC Northrop Grumman Parsons SANMINA Corporation / SCI Technology Inc SBA-Procurement Center Teledyne Brown Engineering UAH - Purchasing Services US Army Corps of Engineers - Huntsville (USACE) US Army Corps of Engineers - Mobile (USACE) US Army Space and Missile Defense Command /Army Forces Strategic Command (USASMDC/ARSTRAT) Yulista
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01-08-2018 to 01-08-2018
Atlanta / Georgia
Before the Storm: The Advance Preparation You Need To Do To Qualify for Government Disaster Recovery Contracts
Sponsored By: Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center
Each time a natural disaster hits the southeastern part of the United States, businesses scramble to engage in contracting associated with the government's disaster recovery efforts. They quickly find out that there is a lot of advance preparation that must be done in order to participate in government contracts. They also discover that it's not just FEMA who contracts for disaster recovery work, but also other federal agencies plus units of state, county and city government. The Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center is hosting this one-day conference to acquaint vendors in the SE region of the United States with the agencies and the requirements -- in advance of the need. This event is designed to assist businesses who wish to engage in debris removal, furnishing of emergency supplies and services, reconstruction work, and other relief efforts.
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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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