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Planning & Development

Government Procurement Assistance Program

[ About The Government Procurement Assistance Program ] [ Procurement Technical Assistance Center ]
[ Partners ] [ 2013 Activities ] [ Success Story ]

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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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2013 Activities

In 2013, staff took part in 17 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 2013:

  • Client businesses won 112 government contracts with a value of almost $49 million.
  • 161 businesses received individual procurement assistance, increasing their understanding of the government marketplace and the bid process to win government opportunities. 
  • Initial inquiries from 54 companies for specific information to evaluate their potential in the government marketplace were responded to.
  • Client businesses that received government contracts in 2013 are credited with the creation or retention of 970 jobs in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

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Success Story

Bloom Industrial Sales, LLC, a Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) located in Crafton, PA, began working with SPC’s Procurement and Technical Assistance Center staff in June of 2013 for the purpose of becoming a certified Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Federal Veteran Verification Assistance Program and to pursue government opportunities.  Bloom Industrial Sales offers high quality service and expertise in a number of disciplines related to the industrial supply field.  Dave Bloom, owner of Bloom Industrial Sales, LLC, has over 30 years of experience in steel fabrication, crane rental, welding supplies and gases, machining, and water and air filtration systems.

SPC’s Procurement and Technical Assistance Center staff assisted Dave with a number of government procurement related items, including working with him to set up a custom search profile in SPC’s electronic bid matching system and assisting him with the various federal registrations.  However, Dave was most excited about obtaining VOSB certification through the Department of Veterans Affairs.  The Department of Veterans Affairs has Special Authority for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business/Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB/VOSB) Set-aside and Sole Source Contracts.

SPC staff worked with Dave over a period of months to assist him with his VOSB application.  Dave was approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs as a certified Veteran-Owned Small Business in November of 2013.  He was very pleased with the assistance he received and is looking forward to future government opportunities as a certified VOSB.

“Achieving veteran-owned status through the VA can be a very cumbersome and daunting process but the guidance, knowledge, and professionalism displayed by SPC’s staff have actually made this an enjoyable process.  I appreciate all they have done and can’t wait to get started on the next chapter!” -- Dave Bloom, Owner of Bloom Industrial Sales, LLC, USMC Retired

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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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