Florida Procurement
Technical Assistance Center
January 2020
Florida PTAC at UCF provides high-value, confidential consulting at no cost to help small and medium for-profit businesses, located in Central Florida, research and bid on government contracts from the Department of Defense, other federal, state, and local agencies, and prime contractors.
Cybersecurity Resiliency Day

Are You Prepared?
DoD Contracts Could be at Stake.
Today's connected world presents opportunities as well as substantial risks. Third party certification audits will be conducted in 2020 and with current and future DOD contracts at stake, compliance is a strategic necessity that contractors cannot ignore. Through this Cybersecurity Resiliency for Defense Contractors workshop, manufacturers will learn exactly what steps to take to ensure protection and security of all mission and business-critical information, and retain a strategic edge in the market.

January 30, 2020 | 8:00AM - 3:00PM
Orlando Economic Partnership | Orlando, FL
Upcoming Events

SBA Seminar Series
Federal Government Market Research
 February 12
Federal Certifications Managed by SBA
 March 11
Wednesdays | 1:00PM - 4:00PM
National Entrepreneur Center - located inside Orlando Fashion Square Mall
Regional Government Contracting Events
2020 SAME Space Coast Post Small Business Industry Day and Federal Contracting Conference

Take advantage of this opportunity to meet with small business representatives from the 45th Space Wing, USACE JAX, USACE Mobile, NASA/KSC, NAVFAC SE, GSA, Canaveral Port Authority as well as several large and small business partners.

February 20, 2020 | 10:30AM - 3:30PM
Courtyard by Marriott | Cocoa Beach, FL

GovCon 2020
Small Business Summit

This event is about the Business of GovCon, so you will learn from GovCon Market Leaders & Peers, Industry Experts, and Agency Representatives to GROW Your Business in 2020!

March 11-12, 2020 | 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Bryan Glazer Family JCC | Tampa, FL

Small Business Expo Orlando

Attend Small Business Expo to discover the most powerful business knowledge, tools, and dynamic partnership opportunities to expand your business.

March 25, 2020 | 10:00AM - 5:30PM
Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal |Orlando, FL
Unique Opportunity Available

Space Force is Here!
First Ever 45th Space Wing Pitch Day
Proposals due no later than February 5, 2020

The 45 th Space Wing at Patrick Air Force Base will host a Pitch Day in March in order to obtain innovative solutions or potential new capabilities that fulfill requirements, close capability gaps, or provide new technology advancements. 

The first step is to submit a proposal presenting your idea. These proposals are due no later than February 5, 2020.

To learn more:
1)     Go to the Contract Opportunity Page on beta.sam.gov:
2)     Contact the Office 45SW Pitch Day Team with specific questions
3)     Reach out to the Florida PTAC at UCF for general inquiries
Mark Your Calendars!

You Don't Want to Miss These
1st Half 2020 PTAC Events

Preparing for a Reverse Trade Show | March 26
Matchmaking and Reverse Trade Show events are a great way to meet and interact with agency and large prime contractor contacts. You do NOT want to take these events for granted. These events are a proven best practice for meeting contacts for the first time and to build on relationships that you have already started. 

Doing Business with the Department of the Army | April 2
Randy Edney, Director for Small Business Programs Army Material Command, will present this informative session and answer your questions about doing business with the Department of the Army. What is your strategy for doing business with the U.S. Army? Do you know the Army mission? Do you know what the Army buys, and how to identify these opportunities?

Government Contracting Compliance:
Does Your Company Comply? | April 9
Ed Kinberg of Widerman Malek, a leading government contracting law firm, will provide an in-depth review of many of the aspects of government contracting compliance – proposal compliance, accounting system compliance, procurement systems compliance, cybersecurity security, and other compliance issues.

RTS 2020: Government Contacting Reverse Trade Show | April 23
Reverse Trade Show (RTS 2020) is the premier event of our entire year. We invite a wide range of government agency representatives from Federal, State, and Local governments, as well as prime contractors from a variety of industries to meet with our small business community in a reverse trade show format.

Workshops located at the National Entrepreneur Center inside the Orlando Fashion Square Mall
Changes to Contracting Regulations!

SBA Finalizes Major Rule Changes!

SBA finalized rules to improve the HUBZone program, to change the way the government calculates small business sizes based on earnings and a half dozen other rules that have been in the works since the 2015. Each of these rules are trying to address some sort of systemic problem in the federal contracting market. 
Do You Have A Procurement Specialist?
Government Contracting Services are offered by the Florida Procurement Technical Assistance Center at the University of Central Florida (Florida PTAC at UCF). Florida PTAC offers high-value, confidential, one-on-one consulting, at no cost, to help Florida businesses prepare, research, and bid on government contracts. Our Procurement Specialists are knowledgeable, experienced and eager to assist you in making selling to the government less complicated and more profitable. PTAC can also help with small business certification process analysis such as 8(a), HUBZone, and Women-Owned.
Florida Procurement Technical Assistance Center
at the University of Central Florida
PTAC Program Coordinator
Florida PTAC at UCF | 3201 E. Colonial Drive, Suite A20, Orlando, FL 32803
This Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Defense Logistics Agency.

  The Florida SBDC at UCF is a member of the Florida SBDC Network, a statewide partnership program nationally accredited by the Association of America’s SBDCs and funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Defense Logistics Agency, State of Florida, and other private and public partners, with the University of West Florida serving as the network’s lead host institution. Florida SBDC services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Language assistance services are available for individuals with limited English proficiency. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact Jean Hill at 407-420-4430 or email jean.hill@ucf.edu.