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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05-29-2020 to 05-29-2020
San Ramon / California
4th Annual Norcal Procurement Expo
Sponsored By: This event is generously sponsored by AT&T and CA Dept of General Services.
Business Owners, make the government your next customer! Network with local, state, and federal agencies, prime contractors, and resource partners. With 40-50 agencies exhibiting and hundreds of small business attendees, this expo offers an amazing opportunity to connect with potential government customers and other business owners who could potentially be your bidding partners. Confirmed agencies and resource partners so far include: AT&T, CA Department of General Services, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. General Services Administration, U.S. Forest Service, Defense Microelectronics Activity, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Veteran's Administration, Alameda County Public Works Agency, CAL PIA Joint Venture, Eastern Contra Costa Transit Authority, California Highway Patrol, California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation, Alameda County General Services Agency, SamTrans/Caltrain, California Public Utilities Commission, High Speed Rail, NASA Ames Research Center, Caltrans District 4, Golden Gate Bridge, Highway, & Transportation District, San Jose Evergreen Community College, Jacobs Technology (large prime), U.S. Small Business Administration, Norcal PTAC, Monterey Bay PTAC, CA Capital PTAC... and many more to come! More information will be added as we solidify the details and confirm attending agencies.
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06-24-2020 to 06-25-2020
Warwick / Rhode Island
DoD Northeast Regional Council Training and RI PTAC Matchmaker Event
Sponsored By: DoD Northeast Regional Council and RI PTAC
June 24, 2020 - Primes, federal agencies and PTAC staff will be briefed by DCMA, GSA, DoD OSBU, and SBA regarding policy changes/updates and legislative activity. Council members will also provide an overview of Small Business Professional tools, resources and best practices. June 25, 2020 - RI PTAC will host a regional small business matchmaker for vendors who want to provide products and services to primes and agencies.
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10-15-2020 to 10-15-2020
Santa Rosa / California
2020 Norcal Gov2Biz Matchmaker
Sponsored By: Pending.
Connect one-on-one with government agencies and prime contractors! The Norcal Gov2Biz Matchmaker will feature one-on-one scheduled meetings between businesses and local, state, and federal agencies, and large prime contractors. Attendees will have the unique opportunity to meet with buyer representatives and small business advocates to market and sell their goods and services. In addition to personal appointments, attendees can meet and network with resource partners like Norcal PTAC, the Small Business Development Center, local Builders Exchanges and Chambers, as well as other businesses that could potentially be your bidding partners. Confirmed Agencies US Coast Guard, California Highway Patrol (CHP), City of Santa Rosa, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), US General Services Administration (GSA), US Bureau of Reclamation, NASA Ames Research Center, High Speed Rail, SamTrans/Caltrain, Caltrans D4, California Department of General Services and Golden Gate Bridge, and Highway & Transportation District, San Jose Evergreen Community College. More agencies to come. Light refreshments will be served throughout the event.
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