“We Will Do Our Best to Help the Korean Community”
As introduced last week, the Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) mainly helps small businesses grow with federal, state and local government contracts. Colorado PTAC has many knowledgeable procurement counselors that provide no-cost support to the business owners in many areas and Colorado Times had an opportunity to meet Jonathan Veteto, the Executive Director for Colorado PTAC to ask some questions that our community would be interested to find out more about them.
Q. Can you please briefly introduce several types of businesses that become your clients and get your professional help?
[Jonathan] The Colorado PTAC helps businesses of all types. We have clients that range from painting and janitorial services, through automotive repair, construction, food service and hospitality. We also have clients that build satellites, software, and military hardware. Our clients encompass almost all types of businesses.
Q. Our Korean community composes of various types of business owners from restaurants, construction business, window business, cleaning services, liquor stores, Korean merchandise business, grocery stores and etc. What type of information or paper works would they need to bring to you in order to get professional consultation from your organization?
[Jonathan] We do not have a lot of requirements. The Colorado PTAC is a Business to Business firm, we do not help people start businesses – so you must be “in business”. Also, you firm need to be “capable” of doing work that supports a government purpose, which I will explain later. Businesses need to sign up on our webpage (www.coloradoptac.org), which is free and easy to do – after that, we will contact them to start a conversation.
Q. Is getting the government contract the only and consequential help they can get from you?
[Jonathan] No. In many cases, we encounter companies that are not ready, or do not want to do business directly with government agencies. In such cases, the Colorado PTAC serves as a networking interface to other companies. A lot of our work consists of helping business owners form relationships which will help their business grow. Our primary objective is yes, to help companies receive government contracts, but there is a lot of work in the middle we do to help companies participate in government contracting, but possible not “directly” with the government customer.
Our counselors are also wise business advisors with many years of direct experience. Sometimes our best help is in assisting companies find focus and plan a strategy for growth, and we always include the government sector.
Q. Can they apply online through your website to become new client? What are the methods that they can reach out to you and who would be the representative for an initial consultation?
[Jonathan] Clients can sign up easily at our webpage (www.coloradoptac.org), and at the top right is a ‘New Client’ button. Answer the questions as best you can, and one of our staff will contact you.
Q. Do you provide language translation service? Like other communities, our Korean community leaders are very hard-working and enthusiastic individuals. However, without language translation service, it could be problematic for them to keep going with your consultation and stay motivated.
[Jonathan] No, the Colorado PTAC does not provide translation services. We can direct clients to translation resources, but it is not something we do internally. Regardless of a language barrier, we will do our best to help.
Jonathan 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 also 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.”