Electronic Bid Matching Opportunities for Your Business

typing.jpgPTAC services can be summed up in three words – Registrations, Certifications, and Solicitations. Registrations are the places you should have your company listed – State of Texas Centralized Master Bidders List, the federal Central Contractors Registration, the Small Business Administration’s Dynamic Small Business Profile to name a few. Certifications are a great way to market your company to agencies; if your company qualifies! The list of certifications is rather long. Most certifications require the company have minority ownership. PTAC can assist you in determining if your company is eligible.

The last of the three – Solicitations – is the focus of this article. There are a number of ways that government agencies purchase items. Relative to the amount of the procurement and the immediacy of the need, they can look in their regulations and determine how they can announce their need – can they make three calls for verbal bids, go put it on a credit card or post a solicitation. Positing a solicitation is commonly used if the price is larger – say over $25,000.00, but that depends on the agency. The greater the dollar value of the procurement, the thicker the solicitation! Agencies used to post their solicitations announcements in a publication called the Commerce Business Daily. The Commerce Business Daily was a weekly rag that had to be combed with a magnifying glass to locate opportunities that would apply to your industry. Some companies had small staffs that did nothing but look through the CBD. Times have changed!

There is now a better way to locate solicitations for your company. Del Mar College has contracted with the SBDC at the University of Texas – San Antonio Technology Center to bring electronic bid matching services to PTAC clients for the remainder of 2008 at no charge! This service will go out on the internet, search for and send email notices of solicitations from government agencies that need the goods and services you provide! Automatically, daily, and free of charge! This can save you a great deal of time and energy over trying to locate them yourself! If you are interested, please call Sean at 698-2221 or Margie at 698-1025 for more details!

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Government Networking Opportunity

ptac-conf.gifAre you interested in selling to the military or other federal agency? Local governments? State agencies?

If your answer is “Yes” to any of these then mark your calendar for the Procurement Technical Assistance Center’s (PTAC) 15th Annual Government & Business Contracting Opportunities Conference to be held March 12, to help introduce local businesses to the government market and to improve your chances in obtaining government contracts.

The event is designed to give local businesses who seek government markets an opportunity to meet key personnel in government procurement face to face. Buyers and contracting officers from various federal, state and local entities will be present as exhibitors and seminar presenters. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend the 15th Annual Government & Business Contracting Opportunities Conference.

This will also provide a great opportunity for the business community to come together for education on procurement related topics. Participating agencies include the City of Corpus Christi’s Engineering and Purchasing, Texas Department of Transportation, U S Small Business Administration, the U.S. Navy, Corpus Christi Army Depot, Texas HUB Program, General Services Administration, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Del Mar College, Nueces County Purchasing, Corpus Christi Independent School District, Education Service Center Region 2, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Service Corp of Retired Engineers (SCORE), ACCION Texas, Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority, Housing Authority of Corpus Christi, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and Kingsville.

To find out more information and to register please call Margie at 698-1025 or Sean at 698-2221. Don’t miss out on this opportunity that may eventually be very profitable for your business!

Panel Backs Bill to Boost Contract Opportunities for Veterans

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Panel backs bill to boost contract opportunities for veterans
October 22, 2007
Government Executive.com
By Andy Leonatti CongressDaily October 19, 2007

The House Small Business Committee approved a bill on Thursday designed to increase opportunities for veterans to have a larger role in procurement of federal contracts.

The measure (H.R. 3867) as passed by 21-4 vote. The passage was bipartisan, with four Republicans voting to adopt the bill. It gives priority to service-disabled veterans in contracting and implements a the Small Business Administration Women’s Procurement Program, which House Small Business Chairwoman Lydia Velazquez, D-N.Y., said had taken too much time.

The bill places veterans who are small business owners at the top of the priority list for receiving federal contracts. Velazquez said the move would “eliminate the barriers that veterans face in receiving non-competitive contracts.”

The committee struck down an amendment from Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md.,16-8 to strike a subsection of the section from the bill that required veteran business owners be given priority.

The subsection that Bartlett wanted to strike would remove a competitive element from HUB Zone contract procurement in the event of multiple HUB Zone businesses submitting contract offers. The HUB Zone is a SBA program designed to employ people and place businesses in historically underutilized business districts in rural and urban areas.

Bartlett was opposed to the part of the bill, warning that it “denies the benefits taxpayers get from competition.”

Democrats said striking that section would harm veterans’ business ownership opportunities. Bartlett and House Small Business Committee Ranking member Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, said they were not opposed to reducing veterans’ opportunities.

Velazquez said that veterans have received less than 1 percent of federal contracting.

The bill also implements an executive order from the Bush Administration that set forward a goal of no less than 3 percent participation by service-disabled veteran businesses in federal contracting.

To implement the executive order, the bill requires the Small Business Administration to provide service-disabled veterans the proper education, information and training for participating in the federal contracting process.

The bill also sought to provide more procurement opportunities for women by fully implementing the SBA’s Women’s Procurement Program. The program allows for the waiver of competition requirements in contracting if two or more offers come from female majority-owned businesses that are economically disadvantaged and are in an industry where female businesses are underrepresented.

Every five years, the head of the SBA must also conduct a study to identify industries in which female-owned businesses are underrepresented.

The bill also extends the program length for the 8(a) Small Disadvantaged Business Program, which provides assistance to socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses. The original length of the program for a business was nine years.

Bartlett offered, but then withdrew and amendment that would have prevented the change in the length of program from occurring. Bartlett said nine years was enough for a business to mature, but Velazquez insisted an extra year would make a big difference.