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PTAC Counselors Have What It Takes to Help You Succeed

By: The hard-working team at the Washington PTAC Your local PTAC team is laser focused on increasing the number of government contracts awarded to the companies they serve. Some businesses haven’t discovered all the talent, knowledge, and skills their PTAC … Continued

Pricing Matters – SBIR Costs

By Ronald Marta, University of Houston PTAC, retired SBIR Projects Remain a Viable Option for Many Small Businesses Despite decreases in their budgets over the last few years, the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programs continue to occupy a significant … Continued

SAM Registration is Free; Be careful what you pay for

No need to pay high fees for government contracting registration – free help is available! The first step in pursuing government contracts is registering in the System for Award Management (SAM), the federal government’s vendor database. Some agencies – such … Continued

Pricing Matters – Accounting Policies and Procedures

By Ronald Marta, University of Houston PTAC “What are accounting policies and procedures?” Written accounting policies and procedures can facilitate significantly the accounting system audit. This article will offer guidance with respect to establishing and documenting accounting policies and procedures. … Continued

Don’t miss the Purchasing Consortium Opportunity!

By Jodi Essex, Iowa PTAC Do you know what a purchasing consortium is? If not, you might be missing important contracting opportunities. Many state and local organizations use purchasing consortia to obtain goods and services. A purchasing consortium – also … Continued

Pricing Matters – Unallowable Costs

By Ronald Marta, University of Houston PTAC The ears of PTAC clients seem to perk up when they hear the term unallowable costs. In this article we will try to answer the following questions: What are unallowable costs? Why are … Continued

Pre-Award Tips for Potential Government Contractors

Have you ever wondered what advice a Contracting Officer would give you? Carter Merkle, of Oklahoma’s Bid Assistance Network, shares the following Pre-award tips provided at a briefing by Tinker Air Force Base. Taking these to heart can help you … Continued

Disaster Contracting Tips for Small Businesses

With the recent devastating storms and floods in Texas and Oklahoma – and hurricane and wildfire seasons just around the corner –  it seems timely to reprint this article on how small businesses can best participate in responding to natural … Continued