(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.
A revolution in cloud computing is underway, and Ravi Sandhu believes it will be much bigger than the PC and Internet revolutions that have already changed the way we live. Sandhu, director of the UTSA Institute for Cyber Security, says UTSA is taking a leadership role in tackling three fundamental cloud technology problems: how to build and operate the cloud, how to use it profitably for diverse applications and how to keep it secure.
Sandhu, the Lutcher Brown Distinguished Chair in Cyber Security in the College of Sciences, and Ram Krishnan, assistant professor of electrical engineering in the UTSA College of Engineering, are funded by a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to improve cloud security.
Did you know? Sandhu, a world-renowned cybersecurity expert, holds 30 patents, has authored more than 250 papers and been cited more than 30,000 times.
Join AIA San Antonio’s Women in Architecture group for their networking and happy hour event, where all design professionals are welcome.
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The UTSA Alumni Association hosts this annual gala honoring the Alumna of the Year, Alumnus of the Year and the Alumnus of the Year Lifetime Achievement award winners.
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After graduation, Queretaro native founded a music label recognized by SXSW
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