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Frequently Asked Questions

What is NorCal PTAC?
PTAC stands for Procurement Technical Assistance Center program. The Northern California Procurement Technical Assistance Center (NorCal PTAC) can help you find, bid and win government contracting opportunities.

How can PTAC help my business?
PTACs are staffed with counselors experienced in government contracting and provide a wide range of services including classes and seminars, individual counseling and easy access to bid opportunities, contract specifications, procurement histories, and other information necessary to successfully compete for government contracts.

Many PTAC counselors have backgrounds in government acquisitions and receive ongoing training to keep pace with continually evolving acquisitions procedures and policies. The Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC) provides a network that allows any PTAC counselor almost instant access to the expertise and experience of over 500 colleagues, as well as real-time information from government agencies regarding new requirements and initiatives.

Are PTAC services free?
Yes! NorCal PTAC, which serves 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.  

NorCal PTAC is designed to assist small businesses to become government suppliers, vendors and/or contractors. The Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) was authorized by Congress in 1985 in an effort to expand the number of businesses capable of participating in the government marketplace. Administered by the Department of Defense, Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), the program provides matching funds through cooperative agreements with state and local governments and non-profit organizations for the establishment of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) to provide procurement assistance.

Who can receive assistance from NorCal PTAC?
NorCal PTAC serves small businesses domiciled in Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, Shasta, Solano, Siskiyou and Trinity counties.

There are currently 97 PTACs nation-wide. PTACs come in different sizes and shapes, reflecting the needs, priorities and resources of the areas they serve. Some PTACs are administered directly by state governments (state-wide programs) while others partner with universities, community colleges, local economic development corporations or other local institutions (regional programs). Some PTACs operate within Bureau of Indian Affairs areas exclusively serving Native American owned businesses. Many are affiliated in some way with Small Business Development Centers and other small business economic development programs.

What types of assistance can I receive from PTAC?
NorCal PTAC offers support for contracting with Federal, State and local government entities.  Training topics include, but are not limited to the following:

How to do business with the federal government and introduction to registration (DUNS,
Pre-acquisition strategy and marketing.
Certification eligibility and application assistance for SBA Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB), 8(a), HUBZone, Veteran-Owned and Service Disabled Veterans Owned Small Business (VOSB/SDVOSB).
Small Business size standards, NAICS codes, Dynamic Small Business Search.
General Services Administration (GSA) schedule contract proposal review.
VIPR eAuthentication and proposals (for fire support contractors).
Marketing support and opportunity identification (fedbizopps, Fedconnect, DIBBS).
Proposal support, bid protest, BAFO, award debrief.

How to do business with the state of California.
Registration, profile development in the Cal eProcure system.
Certify as Disabled Veteran Owned DVBE or Small Business (SB/DVBE).
California/federal transportation projects (CALTRANS, HIGH SPEED RAIL).
Certify as Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE).
State of California free bid-matching.
Review and advise bids and proposals/responses to RFP, RFQ, RFI, Sources Sought, open solicitations.
California Multiple Award System (CMAS) and state contracts.

Solicitation compliance assistance.
Bid-matching and procurement opportunity identification.
Bid research and response.

Marketing, line-card, capabilities statement
Proposal writing/support
Award Protest support
Pre Award/Post Award support

Small business registration
Federal acquisition regulations
State certifications (SB/DVBE)
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)
8(a), HubZone, Woman Owned Small Business certification
General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule

Project Management
Army Corps of Engineers Construction Quality Management training and certification
Job Administration
Joint Ventures
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How do I get started with NorCal PTAC?
Click here to apply for services. Complete the registration questionnaire and submit your request. A member of NorCal PTAC will follow-up with you to assist you, assess your readiness and help you move forward toward your government contracting goals.

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