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UTSA Procurement Technical Assistance Center Services

We provide assistance to small business owners to expand their business into federal, state, regional, county, and local markets with government agencies, and military installations. PTAC staff provides advising, training, and networking opportunities through specialized classes, monthly networking meetings, matchmaking events, and one-on-one assistance. In addition to the following services:

  • Determining Suitability for Contracting The government marketplace poses unique challenges that can overwhelm or even ruin a company that does not have the maturity or resources to meet them. Our advisors can help determine if your company is ready for government opportunities and how to best position it for success.
  • Securing Necessary Registrations Advisors are available to help ensure registration with the various databases necessary to participate in the government marketplace, including the Department of Defense’s System Award Management (SAM), the SBA’s Dynamic Small Business Search, and other government vendor databases.
  • SDB, 8(a), HUBZone, WOSB and other Certifications Certain small businesses are eligible for preferred status in some government solicitations. A PTAC specialist can help determine if your company is eligible for certain certifications and guide you through the steps necessary to secure them.
  • Researching Procurement Histories “What agencies have bought products like yours in the past? Which companies have been awarded these contracts? How much have they been paid?” Answers to questions like these are necessary to guide a marketing strategy and gain a competitive edge. PTAC staff can help ask the right questions and get the information needed to succeed.
  • BidMatch Service BidMatch is an automated system that searches new federal, state, and local government contracting opportunities on a daily basis and delivers matching opportunities to your email inbox. The PTAC BidMatch service searches over 350 government websites nationally. This service can help expand your customer base by providing a daily internet listing of contract opportunities customized to your business, providing names of potential customers who buy your products and services, and providing subcontracting opportunities with primary contractors on major contracts. The BidMatch service provides an affordable, customized contracting opportunity search tool for clients of the PTAC.
  • Proposal Preparation A procurement specialist can help navigate even the most difficult solicitation package, including securing necessary specifications and drawings and determining pricing.
  • Contract Performance Issues After contract award, PTAC staff can assist with performance issues such as developing a costaccounting system, bonding and interim financing, developing environmental, quality control, and accident prevention plans.

TxDOT Texas Business Opportunity and Development (TBOD) Program

UTSA has added a new program to assist business owners, especially those in construction related industries, interested in doing business with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). This program is the TxDOT Texas Business Opportunity and Development (TBOD) Program. TBOD operates as a part of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC). If you are interested in being considered for this specialized training program, please complete the TBOD application form below, and email it to tbod@utsa.edu or fax it to 210-458-2754. For questions or additional information, please call (210) 458-2458. TBOD Application Form

SERVICES INCLUDE:

  • Classroom and Workshop Components
  • Industry Technical Assistance
  • Vendor Events
  • Industry Partnering at the Local, State, and Federal levels

Small Business Cybersecurity Training Academy Application

The Small Business Cybersecurity Training Academy is designed to address the federal requirement for contract compliance outlined by the FAR and DFARS as well as the NIST cybersecurity framework. Over a 4 week period, 4 training sessions of 4 hours each will be scheduled to explore what these requirements mean to your organization and how to integrate the requirements into organizational policy, processes and plans. Participants will leave each session with an action plan on what is needed to meet the requirement for the topics covered that day.

Target Audience – business owners and managers responsible for ensuring requirements are met. Elements considered for participant selection will include: current clients of the SBDC PTAC, federal contracting activity, size of business, number of years in business, and industry type.

This Academy will be a hands-on series in which each participant will develop functional plans and processes to address cybersecurity compliance requirements and resiliency.

Please click on the link to access the application:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Cyberapplication

Small Business Emergency Preparedness

WOULD YOUR BUSINESS SURVIVE IF…

  • The road to your business closes as result of construction or bad weather?
  • A key supplier/customer goes out of business?
  • A key employee gets sick for an extended period of time?

WHY PREPARE

From workplace disruptions to natural and man-made disasters, as a small business owner, you should be ready for anything. Unexpected events can quickly interrupt your business putting you and your employees at risk. If you are not prepared, your business could shut down forever.

WHERE TO START

Developing a business continuity plan will protect your business by minimizing the impact of unplanned disruption and improve the likelihood that your business will survive and recover. Through grants provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration, businesses impacted by local disasters can take advantage of prepaid business assistance in planning for recovery. All small businesses can benefit from the services of their local SBDC.

SBEP Brochure Click Here

News and Resources

Governor’s Office of Emergency Management- Situation Reports

Texas Department of Insurance – Hidden Pines Fire Assistance

Texas Department of Insurance – StormLink Resource Page

Texas Department of State Health Services, Surviving Disaster: How Texans Prepare – VIDEOS

U.S. Small Business Administration – Current Disaster Declarations

Chase Veteran Business Development Program

The UTSA Institute for Economic Development administers programs to assist veterans, active duty military, National Guard, and reservists and their dependents and spouses to realize the dream of owning a successful business. The programs provide a one-stop shop for military personnel and veterans to obtain information and link to resources to start and expand their small business.

Contact SBDC PTAC at ptac@utsa.eduor call (210) 458-2458.

L to R: Veteran Business Owner and PTAC client, Tim Porter, CEO/Appdiction Studios – Colleen Dean, Managing Director/JPMorgan Chase – Ricardo Romo, President/UTSA – Terri Williams, Director/UTSA PTAC

Employer Services

Certified human resource professionals provide direct assistance to small business employers in the areas of employment practices, emergency preparedness, regulatory compliance, job site safety, drug-free workplace, and effective HR management.

Contact: Deirdre Pattillo, Project Manager

Phone: 210-458-2458

deirdre.pattillo@utsa.edu

 

 

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BidMatch – A Comprehensive Bid Database

What is Bidmatch you ask? Basically, Bidmatch is a bid matching service that examines local, state and federal solicitations and emails the information found. The service is provided by OutreachSystems, who contracts only with PTACs around the country. With 20 years of experience, OutreachSystems plays a very active role in writing search profiles that match the keywords, phrases and product codes provided that best describe a particular business and is fine-tuned by people, not machines! Once a profile has been created, the client receives an email notification whenever new bid matches are available.The email looks similar to this business development, business management, and construction management. Read More