New UTSA funding to operate Department of Defense procurement technical assistance

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(Oct. 23, 2012) -- The UTSA Institute for Economic Development announces it will operate a Department of Defense (DoD) Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) within its Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network. The SBDC PTAC provides advising and training to small business owners who want to expand their business within federal, state and local government markets.

The new federal funding will enable the SBDC PTAC to expand federal contracting opportunity assistance in the 12 counties surrounding the city of San Antonio.

The national Procurement Technical Assistance program was authorized by Congress in 1985. Currently, there are 93 PTACs with more than 300 local offices that form a nationwide network of procurement professionals working to help local businesses compete successfully in the government.

PTACs are the bridge between public buyers and suppliers, bringing knowledge of both government contracting and the capabilities of contractors to maximize fast, reliable service to our government. They support the efforts of small-business owners who want to learn which agencies buy their specific products and services, assist with developing proposals, and provide information about issues such as bonding, financial capacity and receiving prompt payment.

The UTSA PTAC will continue offering monthly supplier-vendor networking breakfasts, which feature large prime contractors and opportunities. Eagle Ford Shale gas and oil play prospects are currently being featured. Veterans, minority certification and assistance with employer requirements will continue to be available. Previous customers of the City of San Antonio's procurement assistance program can contact the SBDC PTAC to continue growing their markets.

"This award complements the services already provided by the Institute for Economic Development SBDC Network and creates a one-stop shop for services for the business community," said Terri Williams, SBDC PTAC director.