The Procurement Technical Assistance Program was established to expand the number of business capable of participating in government contracts. The program is administered by the Department of Defense in cooperation with states, local governments and nonprofit organizations.
Under the program, Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) help large and small businesses pursue and perform under contracts with the Department of Defense, other federal agencies, state and local governments and with government prime contractors. Most of the assistance the PTACs provide is free.
PTAC support to businesses includes registration in systems such as the System for Award Management (SAM), identification of contract opportunities, help in understanding requirements and in preparing and submitting bids.
The PTACs have a local presence in 49 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, and U.S. Virgin Islands. Other PTACs specialize in assistance to federally recognized Indian tribes and Alaska Native entities, their members and reservations throughout the country.
Find your local PTAC
The PTACs are funded through cost sharing cooperative agreements between DLA and eligible program participants, including states, local governments and nonprofit organizations. Details on the terms and conditions, funding opportunities and forms needed for PTACs can be found with DLA's PTAC resources.
Small businesses that need training and assistance to form or grow their business, including contracts with non-governmental entities, may reach out to the US Small Business Administration (SBA)’s Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) for assistance at no cost. SBDCs provide counseling and training to small businesses including working with the SBA to develop and provide informational tools to support business start-ups and existing business expansion. SBDC Programs deliver professional, high quality, individualized business advising and technical assistance to existing small businesses and pre-venture entrepreneurs. SBDCs provide problem-solving assistance to help small businesses access capital, develop and exchange new technologies, and improve business planning, strategy, operations, financial management, personnel administration, marketing, export assistance, sales and other areas required for small business growth and expansion, management improvement, increased productivity and innovation.
Small Business Development Centers