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The Northwest Michigan Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) is a not-for-profit organization helping companies in northwest Michigan and the Upper Peninsula successfully obtain and perform under local, state, and federal government contracts. Links are provided for your convenience and are safe to the best of our knowledge.

Recent Changes to SAM.gov

If your business is registered in SAM.gov, you might receive an email notifying you that, due to a recent change from the 2017 NAICS list to the 2022 NAICS list, you will need to choose new NAICS codes for your business. That may or may not be true. Many SAM.gov users whose NAICS codes are still valid have been receiving these emails.

As of October 1, 2022, SAM.gov began using the updated 2022 NAICS list. There were some changes to the 2022 list, and those changes can be viewed here. In order to check your NAICS codes for validity under the 2022 NAICS list, visit this website and search for your NAICS codes in the 2022 search bar.

If you receive an email telling you to update your NAICS codes, first check them for 2022 validity, as described above. Then, contact your PTAC counselor to schedule a quick SAM.gov renewal. By renewing your SAM.gov registration, your account will be refreshed, and your NAICS will be "updated."

Exclusive Opportunity for Select

Michigan Entrepreneurs

MI-CAN Cohort features training and a $5,000 Pitch Prize

If your small business is in Michigan and owned primarily by women, underrepresented ethnic entrepreneurs, or located in traditionally underserved geographies, BBC invites you to apply for the new Small Business Administration-funded program, Michigan Catalyst Advantage Network (MI-CAN). You must be conducting R&D to develop an innovative, science-based product that may be suitable for further SBIR/STTR funding.

The program culminates with a Pitch Competition where participants present their technology and business models to judges from the Michigan business and investment communities. The winner receives a $5,000 cash prize and other services.

Two cohorts will be offered for 2023 — January and April. The application deadline for the January Cohort is 12/16/2022, so don’t delay.

Learn More and Apply

Who Knew!?

The federal government seems to buy everything under the sun! This section highlights unique government purchases that may surprise you.

The Department of Defense (DoD) is seeking a small business to provide "U.S. Air Force Academy Gold Bathrobes" Who knew!?

Most of the Air Force’s buying activities make purchases in support of their individual base requirements and are considered local buys. The Air Force Major Commands (MAJCOMs) have contractual responsibilities depending upon their mission requirements. View a list of MAJCOMs to learn more about them and what they buy: https://www.airforcesmallbiz.af.mil/Small-Business/Major-Commands-and-Direct-Reporting-Units/

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DoD Issues Guidance on

Employee Stock Ownership Plan(ESOP) Pilot Program

The Department of Defense (DOD) issued a memorandum that provides details on a pilot program that allows government contractors owned 100% by an S-corporation employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) to receive a non-competitive award for certain follow-on contracts.

According to the memorandum, the program is limited to only nine “entities,” and applications will only be accepted until April 28, 2023, or until nine contracts are approved. The application is submitted by the contracting officer. Therefore, interested government contractors should contact their contracting officer as soon as possible to determine if an application will be submitted and to provide certain information required for the submission. Read More

Warfighter Engineering

Request for Solutions

Does your organization offer solutions that could support deployed Army Engineers in their planning, design, construction, operations, maintenance, and management efforts? ERDCWERX invites submissions regarding tools, processes, and technologies that address the following:

  • Advanced Methods and Designs for Additive Construction
  • Robotics for Engineering Operations

For more information and to submit your solution visit ERDCWERX.

US Air Force Meet and Greet Sessions

The Michigan Air National Guard is looking for businesses with the following requirements to be selected for Meet and Greet Sessions:

  • Small Business, Small Disadvantaged Business, WOSB, VOSB, SDVOB, HUBZone, 8a, etc.
  • Business based in Michigan
  • Never awarded a contract from 127th wing at Selfridge ANGB
  • Prior government purchase card sales to 127th Wing is acceptable
  • Registered or willing to register with SAM.gov
  • Capability Statement

December 14, 2022

Session Time: TBD

If your company meets these requirements, contact marco.barberini@networksnorthwest.org by  Friday, December 2, 2022 COB.

Going PRO Talent Fund

The Going PRO Talent Fund provides awards to employers to assist in training, developing, and retaining current and newly hired employees. The application period for Fiscal Year 2023 opened on Monday, November 21, 2022. Applications will be accepted until noon on Monday, December 12, 2022.

Interested employers should contact their local Michigan Works! Talent Fund Key Contact (Upper Peninsula Michigan Works!, contact Debb Brunell at dbrunell@upmichiganworks.org; Northwest Michigan Works!, contact Rob Dickinson at rob.dickinson@networksnorthwest.org). Reach out early to allow ample time for the fact-finding process to ensure applications are completed in time for review.

For more information visit the Going PRO Talent Fund website.

Cyber Corner

CyberSmart Grant Program Webinar

Join the Oakland County Department of Economic Development to learn more about DoD cybersecurity requirements, Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), and grant funding to help you prepare for compliance. The Michigan Defense Center's CyberSmart Program will be discussed which can provide grants of up to $22,500. More information on the CyberSmart program is available here.

December 15, 2022

9am - 10am

Register Here

Northwest Michigan PTAC Training

PTAC Training Calendar  -  PTAC Training Classes


Selling to Uncle Sam:

An Overview of Government Contracting

Selling goods or services to the federal government can open the door to many opportunities for small businesses. We will discuss the basics of government contracting, differences between government and commercial selling, tips for being a successful government supplier, and where to go for assistance.

Topics Covered:


  • How does the Government buy?
  • Comparison to the Commercial Sector
  • Registrations & Certifications
  • Small Business Contracting Assistance Programs
  • Prime and Subcontracting
  • Finding Opportunities
  • Keys to Success

December 6, 2022

11:00am - 12:30pm

Register Here

Market Research:

Finding Government Opportunities

This seminar covers how to identify government agencies and prime contractors who buy what you sell and how to research potential competitors who are already selling to the government. We will also cover techniques and tools for finding government procurement forecasts and bid opportunities.

Topics Covered:


  • How does the government marketplace look?
  • Prospecting for potential buyers
  • Importance of pre-acquisition prospecting
  • Finding opportunities without looking in too many places
  • Effective use of bid match services

January 10, 2023

11:00am - 12:30pm

Register Here

Introduction to Small Business Contracting

Programs and Certifications

Join us for this pre-recorded webinar for an introduction to small business contracting programs and certifications. The course will provide an overview of the various federal small business programs including Small Disadvantaged Business, Service-Disabled Veteran and Veteran-Owned Small Business, Woman-Owned Small Business, and Historically Underutilized Business Zones.

Topics Covered:


  • Why these programs can be helpful?
  • Are you Eligible?
  • The five major federal certifications
  • How and where to apply?
  • How PTAC can help?

January 24, 2023

11:00am - 12:30pm

Register Here

Other Events of Interest

Doing business with the US Coast Guard

Join the U.S. Coast Guard’s (USCG) Office of Small Business and Industry Engagement for the monthly educational webinar series. The USCG Small Business and Industry Engagement team will provide an overview of how and what the Coast Guard buys. Learn more about the organization’s procurement centers, its top spend, and how to get information about current and future procurement opportunities.

December 7, 2022

1pm - 2:30pm

Register Here

New Mexico SBIR/STTR Innovation Summit

The New Mexico SBIR/STTR Innovation Summit will bring together small businesses, federal program managers, innovation ecosystem representatives, experts, and local organizations who have a vested interest in driving innovation through the SBIR and STTR programs.

There is no cost for this fully virtual event. As part of the Defense Topics session, NAVSEA will be presenting its 23.1/A SBIR/STTR topics. The presentations will give attendees a chance to see what NAVSEA and other DoD offices are looking for. 

December 15, 2022

10am - 7pm

Register Here

Save the Date

Michigan Defense Exposition 2023

The Michigan Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) is hosting the annual Michigan Defense Exposition (MDEX). Bringing together DoD and industry to provide strong direct networking opportunities.

April 19-20, 2023

Warren, MI

More Info

Ground Vehicle Systems Engineering & Technology Symposium 2023

The Michigan Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) is hosting the annual Ground Vehicle Systems Engineering and Technology Symposium. The focus of this event will be partnering with industry, government, and academia to meet the Army's transformational needs. Technical papers are currently being accepted. Draft paper submission deadline is March 13, 2023.

August 15-17, 2023

Novi, MI

More Info

This Procurement Technical Assistance Center is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Department of Defense. This PTAC is funded in part by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).

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