NEW “Digging Into Public Works” Training & Networking!

The Digging into Public Works program is dedicated to delivering quality technical assistance to contractors and local government. The business training is focused on small and disadvantaged contractors wanting to learn more about public works contracting. If you are bidding state or local construction work, we invite you to join the virtual training series. Coupled with the training series are “meet the agency” events where all contractors – experienced and new – will get an opportunity to connect with local agencies eager to share how they do business. READ MORE

Thank You, Kathy Cocus!

After 21 years of dedicated service to the firms of Kitsap County, Kathy Cocus is retiring from Kitsap Economic Development Alliance and Washington PTAC. Businesses and the PTAC team will miss her no nonsense approach to communicating opportunities with the public sector marketplace.  

CVE transfers to SBA - Discontinues applications October 24

Effective Jan. 1, 2023, all responsibilities for the verification of Veteran-owned small businesses will transfer from the Department of Veterans Affairs to the Small Business Administration.

Verification is a critical process that allows Veteran-owned small businesses and service-disabled Veteran-owned small businesses to access Veteran-specific benefits, including certain government contracts and the purchase of surplus government property. This process establishes eligibility by confirming that VOSBs and SDVOSBS are, in fact, run by Veterans.

To facilitate the transition to SBA, VA will stop taking applications for verification or re-verification of VOSBs and SDVOSBs Oct. 24, 2022. READ MORE

EPA OSDBU Small Business Vendor Database

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) is looking for capable and qualified socioeconomic small businesses that specialize in Design and Engineering Services, Remediation Environmental Services, and Environmental Services and Operation with an emphasis on those businesses operating under the NAICS 541620 and 562910READ MORE

Contact Us

Contact a PTAC Counselor today for assistance with all your government contracting questions. Click on a counselor's name to email them or give them a call at the phone number listed.

Main Center

Thurston EDC

4220 6th Ave.

Lacey, WA 98503


Program Manager

Tiffany Scroggs


Kate Hoy

Trena Payton 

Maryam Lynch-Tate

Marnie Tyson

Lisa Lagerstrom

Sub Centers

Economic Alliance

Snohomish County   

(425) 248-4223

Cara Buckingham

Greater Spokane Inc

(509) 321-3646

Aleesha Roedel

Columbia River Economic Development Council

(503) 694-9403

Jeannet Santiago

Green River College

(253) 520-6267

Darrell Sundell

Melinda Martirosian


Kitsap Economic Development Alliance

(360) 377-9499

Mary Jo Juarez

Leslie Miller

James Davis

Tri-City Regional

Chamber of Commerce

(509) 491-3231

Jody O'Connor

Bid Opportunities
Contracting opportunities - Find Federal, State and Local government Contracting Opportunities
Subcontracting Opportunities
Subcontracting opportunities - Find sub bid requests from prime contractors such as Pease & Sons, Kiewit, MidMountain Contractors and Granite Construction Company

Upcoming Events - Virtual unless otherwise noted

Keep scrolling to find upcoming events divided into four categories:

  • Focused Classes
  • Monthly Meetings
  • Series Courses
  • Tradeshows and Conferences
Upcoming Events - Focused Classes

2022 Advanced PortGen Workshops - NETWORKING


3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tabor 100, Tacoma

Meet the presenters, agency reps, prime contractors and small business

Subcontracting with Vigor        


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM   

Attendees will hear directly from Vigor representatives including the Supply Chain Director and Small Business liaison Officer.    

US Dept of Labor's Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Webinars

Federal Supply & Service contractors - 10/5/2022          10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Federal construction contractors - 10/6/2022    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

You are subject to laws and regulations that are enforced by Dept of Labor's Office of Federal Contractor Compliance. Are you ready for for a compliance review? Encourage your HR Department to attend this webinar to learn more. 

Price Proposal Preparation      


1:00 PM - 4:00 PM       

Interested in learning more about the key components to prepare a price proposal? If so, retired Contracting Officer Terry Homburg, will guide you through the components of a price proposal or quote such as: direct costs, indirect costs, profit and taxes. You will learn how to make comprehensive decisions necessary to set a realistic price. 

Navigating Federal Government Contracts        


8:30 AM - 11:45 AM     

The Federal Contracting Seminar is brought to you by a partnership with Oles Morrison Rinker Baker LLP, Pacific NW Defense Coalition, AGC, and Washington PTAC with the goal of providing high quality training to businesses throughout the region.        

Dept of Interior Industry Day


11:00 AM - 1:30 PM                 

The Infrastructure Bill Industry Day will include a presentation from nine DOI Bureaus and Offices who will share information on Fiscal Year 2023 BIL related contracting and financial assistance opportunities, followed by each Bureau/Office hosting a breakout room where participants can join, ask questions, and engage directly with DOI Bureaus/Office representatives.

Direct. Indirect. Overhead. Don't forget these in your proposals!

10/18/2022     8:00 AM - 10:00 AM     

Are you sure you understand what indirect costs are acceptable for federal contracts? If not, make sure you attend this class taught by retired Navy contracting office and current prime small business liaison before you submit your next proposal.     


Doing Business with State Department of Corrections    


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM   

Suppliers are invited to attend this Dept of Corrections (DOC) Industry Day to learn more about what opportunities are coming up and how your firm can bid. DOC purchases approximately $60 million a year in supplies.

At the event, you’ll hear from the Dept of Corrections Diversity Program Manager, Contracts & Legal Affairs, and from Purchasing. See link for list of commonly purchased supplies.

GSA Government-wide Category Management Fall Industry Day


7:00 AM - 11:30 AM     

At this event, you’ll COLLABORATE with agencies, LEARN about small business programs and initiatives, and get the tools to GROW your presence in the Federal marketplace.

Dissecting an RFQ

Day 1   10/20/2022     9:30 AM - 12:00 PM     

Day 2   10/21/2022     9:30 AM - 12:00 PM     

If you are interested in learning how to Dissect a Request for Quote properly and have several hours to read through a sample RFQ prior to this workshop then please sign up by April 15th. This webinar workshop will provide information and tools on how to extract the important parts of an RFQ and create useful tools for future RFQ's and RFP's. Instructor Matthew Rhinehart, owner of MastPoint has 20+ years of experience with the federal government market and he's is ready to share his knowledge.

Who in the government buys what I sell?


8:00 AM - 10:00 AM     

Learn how and where to find government contract opportunities. The session will also review the SBA's DSBS (Dynamic Small Business Search) as a no-cost marketing tool.

Laying the Groundwork: Basics of Govt Contracting       


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM   

This class is for small business owners who are brand new to government procurement. This class will lay the ground work for you to decide if government contracting should be in your future     

Meet the Buyer: Doing Business with Hanford Primes and PNNL


9:00 AM - 11:00 AM    

The Hanford prime contractors and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) purchase millions of dollars' worth of products and services from area businesses each year. Attendees will learn how to sell to the primes and PNNL and be better prepared to take part in this federal government marketplace. Small Business Program Managers from the primes and PNNL will be presenting.

Upcoming Events - Monthly Sessions

Contracting Coffee Hour, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM   

Got contracting questions? We have answers!

10/5/2022       11/2/2022       12/7/2022       

University of Washington Virtual Workshops for Suppliers, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

The orientations will provide a learning opportunity to assist in navigating potential business prospects at the University and with other state agencies, as well as educational and other resources to assist businesses. 

10/6/2022       11/3/2022       12/1/2022

PTAC & SBDC First Friday Follow-up, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Friday Follow-up is an open forum, round table for businesses to get answers from your local PTAC counselor and SBDC Advisor. Bring your questions regarding government contracting and learn from knowledgeable Small Business Experts. Our main focus is to share resources for growing your business.

10/7/2022       11/4/2022      12/2/2022

SE Washington PTAC/SBDC Small Business Roundtable

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.


Wednesday with the Deputy for Small Business

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM  

Wednesday with the Deputy for Small Business is an opportunity for Industry partners to learn about doing business with the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division, Keyport.

10/25/2022, Special Tuesday edition     11/16/2022     12/14/2022

Doing Business with the state – DES

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

On the third Thursday of the month, the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services (DES) facilitates an interactive conversation with state procurement professionals who can provide information and insight on how to do business with the state.         

10/20/2022     11/17/2022     12/15/2022

Upcoming Events - Series Courses

Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) and Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC) are presenting a virtual training series focused on Public Work contracting fundamentals.  

Each session is led by subject matter experts from the public works sector.

This 5 week training series will provide education to small, minority and women-owned businesses.

Register for each session you would like to participate

Upcoming Events - Tradeshows and Conferences

Washington State Ferry Industry Day - In-Person for Hybrid Electric Olympic Class Ferry Program RFI

10/6/2022, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Downtown Seattle

AGC of Washington Contractor Exchange

10/19/2022, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Seattle

Meet the BIGS! Doing Business with the Government

10/25/2022, Northern Quest Resort and Casino 100 N Hayford Rd, Airway Heights, WA

Small Business Summit

10/26/2022, Lynnwood Convention Center, 3711 196th Street Southwest, Lynnwood, WA 98036

Special Session - Meet the Agencies @ Small Business Summit 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM additional registration required

Sound Transit Virtual Contracting Expo


National Veterans Small Business Week - Business Impact NW

11/7-10/2022, 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM, online and Tacoma

Meet the Agencies - Tri-Cities

11/17/2022, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Three Rivers Convention Center, Kennewick

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 month’s 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: