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Government Procurement Assistance Program

[ About The Government Procurement Assistance Program ] [ Procurement Technical Assistance Center ]
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About The Government Procurement Assistance Program

SPC’s Government Procurement Assistance program helps hundreds of companies in our service area with their efforts to market to and contract with federal, state and local government agencies. We provide one-on-one counseling and training with an emphasis on small businesses with minority, female or service-disabled veteran owners to help facilitate their participation in the government marketplace.

Click here to download a PDF flyer about the Government Procurement Assistance Program (291 KB).

Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)

SPC’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) helps companies to enter and succeed in the world of government contracting. Along with technical assistance, SPC provides companies with immediate alerts on solicitations that are issued for their particular products or services.

On any given day there may be 2,000 or more solicitations that SPC sorts through and passes on to client companies at no charge. PTAC helps companies gain knowledge of standards and how to comply. In addition, PTAC provides the personalized technical assistance on bidding procedures and regulations that must be met when selling to the government. The one-on-one support PTAC offers is instrumental for small companies that are new to the government procurement process.

PTAC services include:

  • Daily electronic bid matching
  • Access to military and federal specifications
  • Publication library of the Federal Acquisition Regulations and federal agency regulations
  • Comprehensive contact lists
  • Training
  • Government e-commerce
  • Bid and proposal preparation
  • GSA Multiple Award Schedules
  • Contract histories

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Partners

SPC shares a Department of Defense (DOD) Cooperative Agreement Grant with Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the Private Industry Council of Westmoreland/Fayette that enables maximum effectiveness with limited resources. In 2012, the following organizations assisted in our Government Procurement Assistance program:

  • Department of Defense (DOD)
  • U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Minority Purchasing Council
  • Minority Business Opportunity Committee
  • PA Department of General Services
  • PA Department of Community and Economic Development
  • Local Small Business Development Centers
  • Department of Energy (DOE)

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2014 Activities

In 2014, SPC took part in 29 programs offering opportunities for local businesses to increase sales through participation in the government marketplace. By collaborating with other business development organizations, SPC is able to provide greater service to individual businesses across the region.

Benefits to the region in 2014:

  • Client businesses won 70 government contracts with a value of almost $139 million.
  • 176 businesses received individual procurement assistance, increasing their understanding of the government marketplace and the bid process to win government opportunities. 
  • Initial inquiries were responded to from 60 companies for specific information to evaluate their potential in the government marketplace.
  • Client businesses that received government contracts in 2014 are credited with the creation or retention of 2,577 jobs in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

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Success Story

ProTech Professional Technical Services, Inc., located in Turtle Creek, Allegheny County, is a premier provider of high quality IT Training and Consulting Services.  Founded in 1990, ProTech has grown to over $10 million dollars in gross sales and employees 40 people in the United States and Canada. 

ProTech is always seeking the latest technical innovations to pass on to their clients in the form of technical training classes and consulting services.  This allows their clients and business partners the ability to access the technology necessary to run their businesses in the most up–to-date manner.  ProTech’s early adoption of training in virtual environments has made them a leader in virtual training and has enabled them to develop clientele in over 35 different countries.

While they already had a federal GSA Schedule and some familiarity with government work, ProTech’s management team felt there were additional opportunities to be had with the federal government.  SPC began working with ProTech to help them better navigate and increase their visibility in the federal marketplace.  SPC worked with ProTech’s management team to develop a custom BidMatch search profile to enable them to more easily find relevant government solicitations to pursue.  ProTech’s BidMatch profile is currently supplying them with approximately 75 high quality government opportunities from various federal, state, and local agencies each month. In 2014, ProTech successfully won numerous government awards with a total value of over $2 million. 

“Working with SPC’s Government Procurement Assistance program has been quite easy.  We anticipate that over the next year we will be able to respond to many more government sales opportunities than we would have had we not engaged SPC.” - Richard C. Wallace, Business Productivity Analyst, ProTech Professional Technical Services, Inc.

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The SPC's Government Procurement Assistance Program, which operates as a Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), is funded in part through a cooperative agreement from the Department of Defense (DOD) through a program that is administered by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). The content of any written materials or verbal communications of the PTAC does not necessarily reflect the official views of or imply endorsement by DOD or DLA.

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For more information about our Government Procurement program, contact Dave Pinkosky at (412) 391-5590 x308 or e-mail PTAC@spcregion.org.

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