March 2020 - In This Issue:

The PTAC is a business and technology extension program of the UNC System. Our purpose is to generate employment and improve the general economic condition of the state by assisting North Carolina companies, including those eligible for business development programs for local, state and federal government contracts. We provide procurement technical assistance by offering no-fee and confidential counseling on selling your products and/or services to the appropriate local, state or federal government agency.

PTAC Program Director

PTAC Advisor 
Elizabeth City / Greenville

PTAC Advisor 
Asheville / Cullowhee

PTAC Advisor 
Raleigh / Chapel Hill / Durham

PTAC Advisor 
Fayetteville / Pembroke
PTAC Advisor/Events Coordinator
Hickory / Boone

PTAC Advisor

PTAC Advisor

Mar 10, 2020
Charlotte, NC
Mar 11, 2020
Mar 16, 2020
Asheville, NC
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The SBTDC's International Business Development Specialists assists small and mid-sized businesses with export planning and exporting.
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Director's Corner: 
By Mark Mills, PTAC Program Director at North Carolina State University
One day.  One sales call.  You can market your business to federal, state and local government agencies and prime contractors.

March 16, 2020
8:00am - 5:00pm
Renaissance Asheville Hotel, Asheville, North Carolina
  • Market Face to Face
    --market directly to the agency or prime contractor
  • Learn New Skills
    --get the latest information on federal, state and local contracting
  • Make Connections
    --Teaming and Joint Venture Opportunities
Cybersecurity - You can make a difference
By Robin Livingston, PTAC Advisor at Fayetteville State University
Cybersecurity has become a threat in every part of our lives.  As technology continues to grow so does the threat to protect it.  Information technology is key to successfully growing any business. Small and medium size businesses depend on security software, web browsers, and other operating systems to keep their devices free of viruses and identity theft.  These are important tools in the fight against cybersecurity, but we have to do more as a nation to protect our economic engines.  The Department of Defense (DoD) has already started releasing guidance about the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC).  CMMC will be adopted in five levels and may take as long as   five years before it is fully implemented.  DoD contractors/subcontractors will have to comply with Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations to incorporate CMMC into DFARS 252.204-7012.  In an effort to prepare our clients, the NC Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) advisors are already conducting CMMC training to make our clients aware of the upcoming changes and provide initial requirements to ensure our clients are ready for contracting opportunities in the future. 

The internet can be a double edged sword, creating enormous amounts of marketing  opportunities while making your business very vulnerable to identity theft.  The Council of Economic Advisor's estimated over $100 billion in cost to combat cybersecurity attacks in 2016.  The Center for Strategic and International Studies estimated costs as high as $600 billion in 2017. Cybersecurity is the biggest economic challenge we face as a nation, but this is not a fight for the federal government alone. We all have a responsibility to protect technology and should start taking steps to combat this threat.  Until the federal government can catch up to the blistering spend of our growing technology, we have to do our part to protect everyone's interest. You don't need an advanced degree or certificates to join the fight against cybersecurity. Simply making your employees aware of cybersecurity, using password authentication and cybersecurity software is a good start. There are a number of resources available to small businesses. For additional information on Cybersecurity visit the PTAC cyber webpage

Success Story  
Fortem Genus, Inc.
By Robin Livingston, PTAC Advisor at Fayetteville State University
Fortem Genus, Inc. is a Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB) providing strategic and tactical security solutions, military manufacturing and parts, as well as logistical consulting and training to some of the world's top Fortune 500 companies. Their primary services are manufacturing, retrofitting and fabricating tactical utility vehicles. They have been in business since 1986 and have experienced 33 years of continual growth and over 120 years of combined experience leading Fortem Genus to become a multi-national firm with offices in the United States, Nigeria, Hong Kong, and the Philippines.  Fortem Genus continues to pursue and maintain this steady growth through strong relationships with various partners, security professionals, and other government agencies. Fortem Genus is dedicated to providing local, state, and government agencies with the finest services possible.

Fortem Genus is in Fayetteville, North Carolina. They recently expanded their operations to a prime office in downtown Fayetteville and have been awarded federal  government contracts as a prime contractor and sub-contractor. 

Don Feeney, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Judy Feeney, Chief Operation Officer (COO), is a husband and wife duo with a combined 68 years of experience.  Don Feeney was referred to the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) Office in early 2019 from the Fort Bragg Mission Installation Contracting Command (MICC). PTAC has assisted with registration and certification of set-aside programs and identified contracting opportunities for local, state, federal contracting. 

For additional information please visit their website at


5 West Hargett St., Suite 600
Raleigh, NC 27601