Have you thought about expanding your customer base to include the government? Guest speaker Leslie Miller will be presenting at the October 2nd Member’s Meeting to provide a general overview of how the federal, state and local government buys goods and services, and how your business may grow through government contracts.
Leslie Miller is Eastern Washington’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) Manager and is in charge of 12 counties. PTAC is supported by the Department of Defense with the purpose to assist the business community in obtaining comprehensive bid and proposal opportunities with federal, state, and local government agencies. PTAC also provides business support services such as technical assistance review, marketing advice, program registrations, training classes, government related seminars and conferences throughout locations across the state.
Why consider government contracting?
Government agencies are required by law to contract 23% of government contracts to Small Businesses. If your business resides in Pend Oreille County there are increased incentives for the government to contract with your business. In addition, if you are a woman owned, and/or veteran owned small business, there are even more incentives for the government to contract through you.
What’s unique about Pend Oreille County?
Pend Oreille County is currently a Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone). There are only five counties in the State of Washington in this category. Government agencies are required by law to contract a certain percentage to HUBZones. Also, regardless of county residence, all Indian Tribes are HUBZone classified.
What if I am a women and/or veteran owned?
As with the HUBZone classification, if you are a woman and/or veteran owned small business the government has percentages to meet within these criteria. A small business can be eligible for one, or all of these criteria. For example, if you are a female veteran small business owner in Pend Oreille County, the government would be able to check off 3 requirements as opposed to a male veteran small business owner in Pend Oreille County who would satisfy 2 requirements.
I’m interested, now what?
Nothing with the government is easy as pie. PTAC was established as a FREE service to help business owners through the entire process of getting registered to the final bid proposal.