(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.
UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.
For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.
Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.
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