August 2022
A Note from the Program Manager

I hope you all have enjoyed your summer.

As we come to the end of our summer, the AZPTAC is also coming to the end of our contract year. Thanks to our clients and resource partners we are ending the year on a positive note.

As of today
  • 380 New PTAC clients
  • 1801 Counseling hours (and still growing)
  • 39 Scheduled Events
  • $114,476,092 PTAC clients received In Contract Awards

August is packed with several events & workshops.
  • 8/4/2022 – Doing Business with Skanska (Prime Contractor) was a great event! We thank Skanska for partnering with us to provide valuable information to our clients!
  • 8/10/2022 – AZPTAC will be participating in the ADOT DBE & Small Business Transportation Expo
  • 8/16/2022 – FAR Basics, Understanding the Most Important Regulations in Government Contracting – Understanding the FAR is among the most essential tips for becoming a successful Federal contractor. Matthew Schoonover will introduce you to the FAR, including some key provisions and tips for maintaining compliance with its requirements.
  • Biz to Biz Expo 22’ – AZPTAC will be participating in this West Valley “in-person” event
  • 8/25/2022 – How to do Business with the Weitz Company (Prime Contractor)
  • 8/31/2022 – Understanding CMMC (Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification) – Learn in layman’s terms, with practical examples and guidance for this requirement. This workshop will be broken up into 35-minute segments for questions after each segment.

Please plan on joining us for one or all of these events!

A reminder, the CVE Certification for veteran-owned businesses, will be transitioning to the Small Business Administration on January 1, 2023. To avoid any delays or “bugs/kinks” in the new system, I would suggest you start your certification process now. If you are an AZPTAC client, please contact your PTAC specialist and set up an appointment for the Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB) or Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) certification. If you are not a client, please visit our website and sign up as an AZPTAC client at

Lastly, I would like to congratulate our very own Robert “Bob” Mucci on receiving the “Arizona PTAC Professional of the Year” award!

Best regards,
Lori Haozous
Interim AZ PTAC Program Manager
Congratulations, Robert Mucci!
AZPTAC Specialist Robert "Bob" Mucci Awarded "Arizona PTAC Specialist of the Year"
Robert "Bob" Mucci was awarded the 2022 Arizona PTAC Specialist of the Year on July 26.

He is one of only two Veterans Affairs Certified Counselors in Arizona and is an SBIR expert. Robert has helped his clients achieve $6.76 million in SBIR awards.

Congratulations, Bob!
Client Highlights
DesertRose Canyon Cleaning, LLC received its Woman Owned Small Business and Economically Disadvantaged Woman Owned Small Business Certification from SBA.

Casandra Martinez is their counselor.
Virtuoso Mobile Notary Services received its Woman Owned Small Business certification from SBA.

Nichole Jackson is their counselor.
Small Business News
Expiring Registration Extensions

From the GSA Office of Procurement Ombudsman:

OMB has authorized the extension of upcoming SAM expirations through 12/01/2022. There will be an automatic, 60-day extension for any existing entity registration needing to renew with an expiration date ranging between August 1, 2022, and August 31, 2022. No action is required on the part of entity registrants.

In mid-August, there will be a 60-day extension for any existing entity registration needing to renew with an expiration date ranging between September 1, 2022, and September 30, 2022. The need for additional extensions for entities expiring in October 2022 will be assessed in mid-September.

Each impacted registration renewal will have 60 days added to its expiration date. Entity administrators impacted by this change will receive an email from with the subject line “60-Day Extension Granted for [Entity Name/DUNS/CAGE]." The new expiration dates will be included in the SAM entity management extracts and available through web services after the records are extended.

If you have an expiring registration, start your renewal at least 30-60 days prior to the expiration date. This will help prevent your registration from expiring should there be any issues with your renewal.

Your procurement specialist is here to help! Contact them or call 623-845-4700.
Are you a Veteran? Is your business certified?

On January 1, 2023, the CVE Certification for veteran-owned businesses will transition to the U.S. Small Business Administration. If you are thinking of certifying your business as a Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB) or Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), the time is now to begin your application. PTAC suggests you begin the process no later than October 31. Visit to learn more about the process.

PTAC Specialists can assist with the certification process. Contact your specialist or call 623-845-4700.

August 10, 2022
7:00 AM-Noon
Virtual Event

Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) and partner agencies will be holding the virtual Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Small Business Transportation Expo on Wednesday, August 10, 2022. This event will allow attendees to learn about project opportunities, network with industry professionals and business owners and hear from transportation leaders including: ADOT, MCDOT, the City of Phoenix Public Transit and Street Transportation Departments, Valley Metro, and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

August 17, 2022
4:00-7:00 PM
An in-person event
No registration necessary.

Hosted by 5 of the West Valley Chambers of Commerce at the Glendale Civic Center, the 2022 Biz 2 Biz Expo offers an unparalleled opportunity for all businesses throughout the West Valley and beyond to showcase their products and services to hundreds of decision makers and buyers.

Free to attend and open to the public, this highly productive event offers the perfect opportunity for maximum impact within an efficient three hour window. While attending, enjoy a cash bar, prizes and develop critical relationships with surrounding businesses and leaders throughout Avondale, Buckeye, El Mirage, Glendale, Surprise, Peoria, Tolleson, Goodyear, Litchfield Park, Sun City, Sun City West, Wickenburg and Youngtown. 

Free to Attend! No RSVP Needed!
Upcoming Workshops Entity Validation Forum
August 9, 2022
10:00-11:00 AM (AZ time)
1:00-2:00 PM (EDT)
Virtual Event

If you are about to register for the first time in, about to begin renewing your registration, or even only trying to get a Unique Entity ID (the identifier that replaced the DUNS number in April 2022) for the first time, you will need to validate your entity as part of the process. GSA is hosting a series of events to share information about the validation process, how it has changed and the improvements we’re making to the current experience.

You can register here for an online session happening on August 9, 2022 at 1:00 PM EDT that will cover the new entity validation process, review requirements for documentation, and address frequently asked questions for those about to begin the process.

This August 9 session is focused on assisting entities that are new to the registration process or getting a Unique Entity ID for the first time.

The August 9 session will cover topics such as:

What is entity validation?
How does entity validation work in
What documentation is required and accepted, and what isn’t?
What do I do next after my entity is validated?
Where do I get help?
If you’re already in the validation process, we held a separate session on August 3 at 1:00 PM that is better suited for you. We will make a recording of that session available online soon. We will do the same after the August 9 session as well.

Both of these training sessions will cover the entity validation process phase of registration and what to do if it doesn’t go as planned, depending on where you are in the process.

Register now and join GSA’s Integrated Award Environment (IAE) to learn more about validating your entity in

Space is limited for this presentation. However, we will make a recording of the event available online for all to watch. We also may hold additional events in September, based on need.

August 16, 2022
10:00 - 11:00 AM
Virtual Event

FAR Basics: Understanding the Most Important Regulations in Government Contracting

The Federal Acquisition Regulations govern your work with the federal government. The problem, though, is that they might as well be written in a foreign language.

Understanding the FAR is among the most essential tips for becoming a successful federal contractor. In this presentation, government contracts attorney Matthew Schoonover will introduce you to the FAR, including some key provisions and tips for maintaining compliance with its requirements.