February 2019
Laying the Groundwork

Presented by Danny Ayala, AZPTAC Program Manager

To successfully compete in the government marketplace you first need to understand how and where you fit in. This fun, lively class will take you through the WHO, WHAT, WHY, WHERE AND WHEN of all levels of government contracting. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions and determine if you are ready to pursue government contracts.

February 12th at 1PM

GateWay Community College, Phoenix

From Our Partners

VA Procurement Opportunities and One-on-One Matchmaking Sessions

Presented by the SBDC

VISN 22 includes Southern Arizona and Southern California. As a result, there will be an expanded emphasis on construction, architecture, engineering and leases, in addition to all the other supplies and service categories. 

Last year's meetings covered the following type of contracts:
  • Construction, including A & E
  • Leases
  • Supplies (all types) - including medical, general, small equipment purchases, prosthetic, etc.
  • Services (all types) - including medical and general services

There is a workshop presentation the morning of the VA Vendor Fair on February 6th at the Tucson VA Hospital. The workshop covers How To Do Business with the VA, Expectations of Vendors, and How to Get Paid.

February 7th at 9:00 AM

Pima Community College, Tucson

Why Does the 8(a) Program Penalize Older Business Owners?

The 8(a) Program can offer incredible opportunities: sole source contracts, set-aside competitions, mentor-protege relationships, SBA business training and much more.

But for business owners older than 59 1/2, getting admitted to the 8(a) Program can be very difficult: unlike their younger counterparts, funds these owners have saved in traditional retirement accounts will likely count against the 8(a) Program’s $250,000 adjusted net worth cap.

How is this fair?  Continue reading .

(This article is from SmallGovCon.com and written by Steven Koprince.)
SBA Arizona: Selling to the Federal Government

The federal government typically spends approximately $500 billion in contracts every year. 23% of those dollars are required to be awarded to small businesses. Learn about SBA resources and certification programs to help your small business successfully identify and compete for federal contract opportunities.

The guest speaker is Byron McCollum, Small Business Program Manager at  Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) , one of four power marketing administrations under the Department of Energy (DOE). Learn more about WAPA, what they buy and insight into doing business with them.

February 6th at 1 PM

SBA Office, Phoenix

The Rule Making Process & Government Industry Communications

Presented by the Department of Navy Office of Small Business Programs

February 7th at 3 PM EST

GSA Federal Service Email

The email address  gsafsd@midatl.service-now.com  is, in fact, a legitimate email address for the Federal Service Desk (FSD). It is not a phishing attempt.
Scam Notice

An invitation to bid from Leonard Sanroman at the U.S. Department of Transportation is a scam. Remember that bids from US DOT are posted on fbo.gov.
Mark Your Calendar

March 1st, You Can Do Business with Yavapai College , Prescott Campus, Prescott

March 6th, VA Vendor Fair , VA Medical Center, Phoenix

March 7th, VA Matchmaking, Rio Salado Conference Center, Tempe

April 17th, VA Vendor Fair , VA Medical Center, Prescott

April 18th, VA Matchmaking, Yavapai College, Presoctt Campus, Prescott (Registration coming soon!)

April 26th, 21st Annual Southern Arizona Procurement Fair , Mulcahy YMCA, Tucson

Holiday Hours
Offices will be closed for in-house training on Tuesday, February 5th and Wednesday, February 6th.

In honor of President's Day, our offices will be closed on Monday, February 18th.
The Arizona Procurement Technical Assistant Center (AZPTAC) helps small business succeed in the government marketplace. We provide confidential, no cost, one-on-one counseling to small businesses throughout the State of Arizona.
This procurement technical assistance center is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Defense Logistics Agency. AZPTAC is hosted by Maricopa Community Colleges.
AZPTAC | Maricopa Community Colleges | (623) 845-4700