Other Headlines Challenges – Many firms are experiencing challenges registering or updating, the required database for federal contracting. Entity address validations continue to be the #1 issue since the switch from Dun & Bradstreet to the new provider. Delays in are causing nationwide disruptions to the federal contracting process and in some cases are resulting in small businesses missing out on opportunities. We recommend firms continue to be diligent in submitting help tickets through the GSA systems.

IT Professional Services: The Department of Enterprise Services (DES) is reaching out to purchasers and vendors for feedback on the first three IT contracts to be released soon: IT Project Management, IT Development and Information Security. The Request for Information (RFI) for IT Project Management is posted in WEBS and is available for response until May 11, 2022.

SBIR: Congress has not yet reauthorized the Small Business Innovation Research program set to sunset in September of this year. The reauthorization passed the House, but is stalled in the Senate. Read commentary here.

New HUBZone Requirements – Read full details here. Highlights include:
  • SBA HUBZone map is still frozen and will be updated July 1, 2023 (instead of January 1 2022 as planned).
  • Employers are no longer able to simply pay a HUBZone resident to “count” them as an employee. The worker must provide legitimate work for the firm. SBA is now requiring job descriptions for all HUBZone employees that are working for the firm less than 30 hours per week. This requirement applies to new applicants as well as existing certified firms undergoing re-examination. 
  • Clarified (limited) legacy employee definition and documentation requirements if firm falls below 35% requirement at the time of annual recertification.
  • Clarified “attempt to maintain” requirement for HUBZone contractors that fall below 35% requirement.
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Upcoming Events
7:30 AM - 3:00 PM       
Attend this free, virtual summit to access critical federal resources, learn new business strategies, meet other business owners and chat with industry experts! This 4-day, action-packed event will include honoring small businesses around the country, educational sessions, online business resources, and exciting speakers.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM     
This month we have a special guest joining us for Friday Follow-up session. David Walz the Deputy Small Business Program will cover the following topics
  • What are the important aspects in a Capabilities Statement
  • How to engage with Small Business Liaison's
  • Do's and Don'ts with relationship building
  • Tips and techniques on how to market to Federal Agencies
  • How they use the Dynamic Small Business Search
Be prepared to ask questions about how to develop a relationship and learn how to be a successful partner with Naval Undersea Warfare Center-Keyport. 
The main focus is to share knowledge on growing your business with government contracting

The annual conference provides a day of community building, panelists, shared-experience, and live Q&A for women across our state. Held in spring each year, INSPIRE is a wonderful opportunity for you to meet other woman-identifying entrepreneurs, build connections, and gain insights and ideas to help your business.

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM     
The SE WA PTAC/SBDC Business Roundtable is an open forum discussion where you can learn from PTAC about government contracting, and from Business Advisors with the Small Business Development Center about how to grow your business.     

PREP SESSION              
9:00 AM - 9:15 AM       
Join this short zoom preparation meeting to test your camera and audio as well as start to formulate a pitch for Wednesday's workshop. Learn how to navigate zoom screens and prepare for the ICEBREAKER you will have the day of the workshop.
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM     
Gain critical awareness and tools you can use immediately to improve the quality of your elevator pitch.
  • Stand up and out with poise and deliver dynamic messages about yourself, your business or organization
  • Talk so people will listen and want to hear more
  • Find the core of your message and vary the content and length in order to meet the demands of the moment, event and audience

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM     
What are socio economic certifications and do you qualify? This session focuses on federal socio economic certifications and the process to obtain them.

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Govology classes, live and on demand, are Free for Washington PTAC clients – contact your PTAC counselor for access. Click here for the list of Govology this months live classes.
Recorded webinars available
PTAC provides technical assistance to help Washington businesses successfully compete in the government marketplace. A program of the Thurston Economic Development Council, in partnership with the following subcenters: