Puget Sound assists small businesses in discovering opportunities to work with DLA

By Dana Thornbury DLA Land and Maritime Public Affairs

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Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility plays an important part in the Defense Logistics Agency Maritime family by serving as the primary advocate for PSNS and IMF supply support in Washington.

Two female associates sitting behind a booth.
Defense Logistics Agency Maritime - Puget Sound Contract Specialist Andrea Hart and Purchasing Agent Jessica Reichard spoke with small businesses about the shipyard, what it procures and how suppliers can do business with DLA during the Alliance Northwest Small Business Conference in Puyallup, Washington, March 7. This event marked the 30th year of working with Washington State Procurement Technical Assistance Center. Washington PTACS focus is to assist small businesses with marketing to the government, solicitations, drawings and other areas related to selling to the government.
Two female associates sitting behind a booth.
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Defense Logistics Agency Maritime - Puget Sound Contract Specialist Andrea Hart and Purchasing Agent Jessica Reichard spoke with small businesses about the shipyard, what it procures and how suppliers can do business with DLA during the Alliance Northwest Small Business Conference in Puyallup, Washington, March 7. This event marked the 30th year of working with Washington State Procurement Technical Assistance Center. Washington PTACS focus is to assist small businesses with marketing to the government, solicitations, drawings and other areas related to selling to the government.
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As part of their outreach efforts, DLA Maritime - Puget Sound was one of 119 vendor booths at the Alliance Northwest Small Business Conference in Puyallup, Washington, March 7.

This event marked the 30th year of working with the Washington State Procurement Technical Assistance Center. Washington PTAC’s focus is to assist small businesses with marketing to the government, solicitations, drawings and other areas related to selling to the government.

This year’s conference addressed the changes in government contracting in relation to Federal Business Opportunities and System for the Award Management. Additionally, there was an emphasis on veteran-owned businesses.

During the conference, DLA Maritime - Puget Sound Contract Specialist Andrea Hart and Purchasing Agent Jessica Reichard spoke with small business participants about the shipyard, what it procures and how suppliers can do business with DLA.

“The event was highly successful,” Reichard said. “Many of the vendors and businesses that we interfaced with have the capabilities to provide the supplies and materials that DLA Maritime – Puget Sound procures on a regular basis in support of the shipyard and Trident Refit Facility in Bremerton and Silverdale, Washington.“

People visiting expo booths.
Defense Logistics Agency Maritime - Puget Sound participated in the Alliance Northwest Small Business Conference in Puyallup, Washington, March 7. This year’s conference marked the 30th year of working with Washington State Procurement Technical Assistance Center and addressed the changes in government contracting in relation to Federal Business Opportunities and System for Award Management.
People visiting expo booths.
Conference Photo
Defense Logistics Agency Maritime - Puget Sound participated in the Alliance Northwest Small Business Conference in Puyallup, Washington, March 7. This year’s conference marked the 30th year of working with Washington State Procurement Technical Assistance Center and addressed the changes in government contracting in relation to Federal Business Opportunities and System for Award Management.
Photo By: Courtesy Photo - Puget Sound
VIRIN: 190307-D-D0441-200
With more than 325 participants, the DLA team was able to make contact with businesses across all socioeconomic focal areas. These categories included service-disabled veteran-owned, woman-owned, small disadvantaged and HUBZone small businesses.

Businesses looking for more information on selling to DLA should visit the DLA Small Business Office webpage where several educational resources are posted.

The available resources provide assistance to train and counsel suppliers on doing business with DLA. These free opportunities include immersive two-day Training, Knowledge and Opportunities Seminars known as TKOs, webinar training presented by DLA Land and Maritime subject matter experts as well as vendor outreach opportunities at symposiums, fairs and conferences across the country.