Government Contracting

Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)

What is a PTAC?

PTACs are non-profit organizations located throughout the United States which provide contracting assistance to businesses pursuing work with Federal, State and Local government agencies. The Northwest Commission’s PTAC Program is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Defense Logistics Agency; we also receive funding from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The Northwest Commission PTAC is a business tool that enables companies located in our region (the Pennsylvania counties of Clarion, Crawford, Erie, Forest, Lawrence, Mercer, Venango and Warren) to more competitively pursue and obtain government work—including prime and subcontract work at the Federal, State and Local levels of government—by providing information, opportunities and technical assistance.

The Northwest Commission PTAC is a member of the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC).  If your business is located outside the Northwest Commission’s 8-county region, visit to find the PTAC near you.

What will this service cost?

In cooperation with the US Department of Defense (DoD), our PTAC is designed to assist companies on how to market and sell their products and/or services to the DoD, other federal agencies, and state and local governments. Our services are offered FREE OF CHARGE!

The results

Over the past ten years, nearly 850 companies have received information and assistance from the Northwest Commission PTAC.  Since 2001, over 2,200 contract/subcontract awards have been received by our clients, totaling more than $1 billion in sales.

Examples of key assistance you can obtain through the Northwest Commission PTAC:

    • Determine suitability for government contracting
    • Assistance with identifying bid opportunities and past procurement histories/awards
    • Assist with Local, State and Federal registrations including:
      – System for Award Management (SAM)
      – PA Department of General Services (DGS) Vendor Registration
      – DIBBS Vendor Registration
      – Wide Area Work Flow (WAWF)/ iRAPT Registration
    • Assist with Federal Set-Aside Programs including:
      – 8(a)
      – Small Disadvantaged Business
      – HUBZone
      – Veteran Owned Small Business
      – Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business
      – Woman Owned Small Business
      – Minority or Women Business Enterprise (MBE/WBE) Certification (Pennsylvania)
    • One-on-one assistance with interpreting solicitations and bid packages
    • Electronic bid matching service for federal, state and local bid opportunities
    • Market research and past pricing history
    • Preparation for Pre-Award Surveys
    • Preparation of payment forms and assistance with electronic invoicing & payment systems such as WAWF/iRAPT
    • Post-award assistance
    • Information on Mentor-Protégé Programs, Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) and other government procurement programs and regulations
    • Assistance in seeking subcontracting opportunities with government prime contractors

Client Testimonials

“Throughout the past 6 years, PTAC has been there every step of the way, outlining steps to start as well as providing job contacts and leads.  I have attended several workshops that have been very informative in meeting and succeeding the goals forecast in my business plan.  I’d like to take this time to thank the Northwest Commission for all the help and guidance provided–helping my business start, grow and continue to prosper.  Much appreciated; many thanks to all.

– Kathleen A. Ditrich, Owner/CEO, Ditrich Construction Supply L.L.C.

“The Northwest Commission PTAC has been a huge help to our organization with technical helps [and offering] seminars to help us meet face-to-face with people representing those organizations whom we eventually became contracted with in our realm of service. Monitoring the notices they provide has been of great assistance, because when you run a small business, you don’t have all the ancillary staff to take care of those chores. Simply said, it’s all up to you. The services that the Northwest Commission provides may easily mean the difference between success and failure.”

-Dennis Perrin, Owner, DRP Property Management

“Since having SAM registration, Pipeworks has been able to pursue government contracting opportunities…
I do believe, had your organization not helped set us up in SAM and Fed Biz Opps, we would not have gotten these jobs. Thanks to the PTAC for all your help.

– Robert Slocum, Owner, Pipeworks Plumbing & Heating

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Upcoming PTAC Events
Please Click Here to register for upcoming PTAC training events

Interested in pursuing the government market?
Already selling to the government?
Utilize the PTAC—become a client!

Download and complete our Request for Counseling Form, and fax or email it to a PTAC staff member. See our contact information below.

“PTAC Talk” Newsletters

2018: 3rd Quarter – Latest Issue!
2018: 2nd Quarter

2018 Special Issue – Upcoming Events
2018: 1st Quarter
2018: New Year’s Edition

2017: 4th Quarter
2017: 3rd Quarter
2017: 2nd Quarter
2017: 1st Quarter
2017: Extra Edition
For additional information, please contact:

Robyn Young
Government Contracting Manager

Melissa Becker
Government Contracting Specialist

Kelly Weaver
Government Contracting Specialist

Phone: 814.677.4800
Fax: 814.677.7663

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