The Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Center, a statewide organization designed to provide government contract assistance, opened this morning in Colorado Springs at 6 S. Tejon St, Ste. 850.
About 60 people from the business community showed up at the Pikes Peak Center to celebrate its opening.
PTAC’s goal is to increase the number of local and state businesses that participate in federal, state, county and municipal government contracting.
The organization will provide advice and information to businesses – including registration, business development, bidding, contract management and guidance about request-for-proposal documents.
The state PTAC got its start two years ago during a Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce visit to Washington, D.C., said chamber CEO David Csintyan.
“This was about leadership,” he said. “Some of the people went to the Fort Belvoir Defense Logistics Agency to ask why we didn’t have a state PTAC…We found out the solution was going to be in our backyard. They took the initiative – homegrown – to get it going.”
A collaboration of state and local governments, along with private industry, found the start-up money for the PTAC.
PTACs across the country served more than 60,600 active clients during the last business cycle, said the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers. As a result, PTAC clients nationwide were reward a total of $14.18 billion in government contracts – creating or retaining 334,004 jobs.
That job creation effort was praised by Greg Lopez, director of the U.S. Small Business Administration in Colorado. He pledged the SBAs support for both the new PTAC and small businesses it will support.
“The SBA is ecstatic about the PTAC,” he said. “We know that small businesses are facing challenges, and we also know they are the lifeblood of economic development. We’re proud to help carry that banner, along with the PTAC.”
Center Director Tom Elam can be reached at 434-3470 or at infor@ColoradoPTAC.org.