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Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)

The Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), part of the South Carolina Small Business Development Center, helps businesses find and compete for government and military contracts. PTAC counselors are trained to assist clients in becoming prime contractors or subcontractors for the federal government, branches of the military, the state of South Carolina, as well as counties, cities, special districts, colleges and universities.

The federal government is the world’s largest purchaser of goods and services (with FY2011 contract award work in SC exceeding $6.6 billion). This ultimate consumer contracts for everything from screws and catering to airplanes and highways. South Carolina small businesses can get their share of these contracts, but often business owners are either unaware of opportunities or are unsure of how to proceed.

Doing business with the government doesn’t have to be daunting. PTAC counselors are available to help. Counselors trained in the nuances of governmental contracting are available, free of charge, for one-on-one confidential counseling. They offer assistance with the steps necessary to do business with the government including:

  • Registrations (SAM, GLS, MMO)
  • Certifications (HubZone, 8a, SDVOB, WOSB, DBE)
  • Looking for work (FedBizOpps, SCBO, subcontracting, bid-matching, simplified acquisitions under $25,000)
  • Marketing to the government (corporate profiles, small business specialists, site visits, networking strategies, procurement conferences)
  • Other procurement training (FAR, DIBBS, FPDS, IFBs, RFPs, GSA Schedules, RFID, SBIR, teaming agreements, NAICS, PSC, specs and standards, WAWF)

Selling in both public and private sectors can help offset market fluctuations and reduce overall business risk. PTAC counselors are at the ready to help develop a company’s market base in the public sector. For additional information on expanding into the government market contact a PTAC counselor or visit http://www.aptac-us.org.

NOTE: SC PTAC services are made possible by funding provided by the U.S. Department of Defense (Defense Logistics Agency) and the state of South Carolina. Our funding agreement requires the SC PTAC to report our impact. For this reason it is important that clients receiving assistance respond to our periodic surveys regarding government contract activity. Your cooperation will allow the SC PTAC to continue to provide no-fee counseling services.

: » PTAC – Step by Step

For a step-by-step guide to government contracting, see Steps To Contracting.
2013 Procurement Opportunities Guide

: » PTAC Contact Information

PTAC Consultants

Central/Midlands contact:

Scott Bellows
PTAC Program Manager
Columbia SC SBDC
1225 Laurel Street.
Columbia, SC 29201

Lowcountry contact:

Linda Blanton
PTAC Consultant
2430 Mall Drive, Suite 155
North Charleston, SC 29406

Upstate contact:

Sherry Pittinger
SBDC Government Contracting Consultant
Greenville Area SBDC
55 Camperdown Way
Greenville, SC 29601


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