“Become Their Client Now!”
Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) mainly helps small businesses grow with federal, state and local government contracts. This PTAC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Defense Logistics Agency. Colorado PTAC has many knowledgeable procurement counselors that provide no-cost support to the business owners in many areas. For instance, they help from determining suitability for government contracting, securing necessary registrations, identifying bid opportunities, teaming or joint venture arrangements, proposal techniques and review and to networking and business development.
The purpose of the Colorado PTAC is to generate employment and improve the general economic condition of the state by assisting Colorado companies including those eligible for preferential consideration in obtaining and performing under local, state and federal government contracts. They are staffed with counselors experienced in government contracting and provide a wide range of services. Their PTAC counselors have backgrounds in government acquisitions and all receive ongoing training to keep pace with continually evolving acquisition procedures and policies.
Jonathan Veteto, the Executive Director and project manager, mentioned during an interview with Colorado Times that “we would like to help businesses to work with government agencies, or find other companies to work with in the pursuit of government contract. We also have a full capacity to do that. One of the things that we might not have done a good job at is being sure that we are reaching everyone in Colorado. We are working with many regions in the Colorado to train and educate the contractors in that area on this opportunity.” He also expressed his hope that many readers of Colorado Times would find out more about what they do and feel free to reach out to them for help and information.
Carolyn Terrell, the Senior Counselor for Colorado PTAC said “we provide procurement technical assistance to help you in the selling of your products or services to the appropriate government agency by offering confidential counseling at no cost.” “They can call me anytime to (719)640-9932 or go on our website www.coloradoptac.org and apply to become a new client.”
Procurement Technical Assistance Centers form a nationwide network of dedicated procurement professionals working to help local businesses prosper. They help them compete successfully in the government marketplace. PTACs are the bridge between buyer and supplier, bringing to bear their knowledge of both government contracting and the capabilities of contracts to maximize fast, reliable service to the government with better quality and at lower costs.
According to Jonathan, Colorado PTAC was established in 2009, and is a non-profit corporation funded by federal, state and local funds and in-kind support. The PTAC partners with universities, community colleges, local economic development corporations, small business development centers and other business programs or local institutions delivering services statewide. Their vision is “Colorado PTAC is the partner-of-choice for all Colorado businesses pursuing government contracts” and their mission is “to educate and assist Colorado businesses throughout the government acquisition process.”