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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 Awareness

Information protection and security is vital to the sustainability and success of small business and the national economy.  As advocates and resource partners for the business community and service providers for the federal government, it is our role to educate and assist with federal contracting compliance guidelines and information security awareness.  More than two thirds of all small businesses report that are dependent on the internet for day-to-day activities.  Yet, according to the National Cybersecurity Alliance, most small businesses don’t do enough to protect themselves online.  Twenty percent of small businesses don’t have or use anti-virus software.  Sixty percent don’t use any encryption on their wireless networks, and fewer than 30% have a security plan in place.  This program is designed to provide awareness through training, one-on-one assistance with cybersecurity action plan development and implementation working with other UTSA specialty centers on cybersecurity.

Items of consideration when developing your system security plan:

  • What information does your business collect?
  • How do you store the information?
  • Who has access to the information?
  • How do you protect your business data?
  • What steps are you taking to secure your computers, network, email and other tools?

Protections

How to Protect Your Computer

Below are some key steps to protecting your computer from intrusion:

Keep Your Firewall Turned On: A firewall helps protect your computer from hackers who might try to gain access to crash it, delete information, or even steal passwords or other sensitive information. Software firewalls are widely recommended for single computers. The software is prepackaged on some operating systems or can be purchased for individual computers. For multiple networked computers, hardware routers typically provide firewall protection.

Install or Update Your Antivirus Software: Antivirus software is designed to prevent malicious software programs from embedding on your computer. If it detects malicious code, like a virus or a worm, it works to disarm or remove it. Viruses can infect computers without users’ knowledge. Most types of antivirus software can be set up to update automatically.

Install or Update Your Antispyware Technology: Spyware is just what it sounds like—software that is surreptitiously installed on your computer to let others peer into your activities on the computer. Some spyware collects information about you without your consent or produces unwanted pop-up ads on your web browser. Some operating systems offer free spyware protection, and inexpensive software is readily available for download on the Internet or at your local computer store. Be wary of ads on the Internet offering downloadable antispyware—in some cases these products may be fake and may actually contain spyware or other malicious code. It’s like buying groceries—shop where you trust.

Keep Your Operating System Up to Date: Computer operating systems are periodically updated to stay in tune with technology requirements and to fix security holes. Be sure to install the updates to ensure your computer has the latest protection.

Be Careful What You Download: Carelessly downloading e-mail attachments can circumvent even the most vigilant anti-virus software. Never open an e-mail attachment from someone you don’t know, and be wary of forwarded attachments from people you do know. They may have unwittingly advanced malicious code.

Turn Off Your Computer: With the growth of high-speed Internet connections, many opt to leave their computers on and ready for action. The downside is that being “always on” renders computers more susceptible. Beyond firewall protection, which is designed to fend off unwanted attacks, turning the computer off effectively severs an attacker’s connection—be it spyware or a botnet that employs your computer’s resources to reach out to other unwitting users.

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 our Veteran Business Development Specialists James “Tree” Roundtree for business start-up advising and training and Nestor Astorga for information on access to capital and franchise opportunities. Click on their names to contact via email.

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