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UTSA Procurement Technical Assistance Center Services (PTAC)

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 business development 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 cost accounting system, bonding and interim financing, developing environmental, quality control, and accident prevention plans.

The Alliance 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 Alliance and operates as a resource available in the UTSA Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) office area.

The Alliance Program works to increase the participation of disadvantaged business owners in the highway construction industry. The Program provides Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) with firm-specific training and guidance to help them become competitive within the heavy highway or construction industry.  The Alliance program prepares DBEs to move into nontraditional areas of work and to compete in the marketplace outside the DBE program.

The Alliance Program provides networking opportunities, project-matching assistance between subcontractors and primes, and access to training in the areas of business development, business management and construction management.

SERVICES INCLUDE:

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

The UTSA Alliance Program covers the following TXDoT Service areas:

  • Austin
  • Corpus Christi
  • Laredo
  • San Antonio
  • Pharr
  • Yoakum

If you are interested in being considered for this specialized training program, please complete the Alliance application form below, and email it to UTSAAlliance@utsa.edu or fax it to 210-458-2754. For questions or additional information, please call (210) 458-2458.

UTSA Alliance Application

Small Business Cybersecurity Training Academy

Come and learn how to become compliant with regulations to do business with the federal government. Participants will leave each session with an action plan on the steps needed to meet the requirement for the topics covered that day. The guidelines put into effective this past December of 2017 make business owners and managers responsible for office operations and a formalized plan.

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.  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.

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

  • Is your business in compliance with the DFARs against cyber attacks?
  • Are you aware of the Federal Contracting requirements on data security?
  • Do you have a Systems Security Plan that meets Federal requirements?

This Academy will be a hands-on series of four 4-hour sessions over a 4 week period in which each participant will develop a plan to address cybersecurity compliance requirements.

Dates: Wednesdays– August 1, 8, 15, & 22, 2018
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 pm
Place: UTSA Downtown Campus
Durango Bldg., 3.302
Cost: $200 per company (Payable upon acceptance into academy)

Application is required and can be obtained by clicking on the link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SBCTAII

Please contact our office at (210) 458-2458 for information on the next class and assistance with your Systems Security Plan.

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 UTSA PTAC at ptac@utsa.edu or 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

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