RI PTAC Newsletter | July 2020
Rhode Island Procurement Technical Assistance Center
Defense Logistics Agency Monthly Webinar
The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Office of Small Business Programs offers monthly webinars to educate small businesses and others about DLA's mission and opportunities to participate in our various military supply chains.

Hear directly from experts at the diverse buying commands as they discuss the DLA Small Business Program and requirements, which include procuring military spare parts, food, fuel, uniforms, medical supplies, and construction material for the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, 10 combatant commands, other federal agencies, and partner and allied nations.

For more information and to register for a monthly session: https://tko.dla.mil/Public/Main.aspx
State of Rhode Island Covid-19 Protocol for Bid Openings
To provide continuity of operations consistent with Covid-19 emergency social distancing requirements per the Governor’s Executive Order(s) and Department of Health emergency regulations, the Division of Purchases will begin live streaming of bid openings using the ZOOM website/application.

On May 5, 2020 the Division of Purchases began piloting the live streaming of bid openings for Requests for Quotes. Commencing May 11, 2020 and until further notice all bid openings including Requests for Proposals will be live streamed. Relevant Zoom information will be provided as posted addenda for bid openings that were rescheduled due to the Covid-19 emergency and will be provided in new bid solicitations posted henceforth...continued at:

Defense Logisitics Agency

Virtual Information Day

Domestic PPE and COVID-19: Current and Future Requirements

July 14 – 15, 2020
On Tuesday, July 14 and Wednesday, July 15, the Department of Defense’s COVID-19 Joint Acquisition Task Force (JATF) and the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), in coordination with interagency partners, will host a virtual information day regarding current and future demand for personal protective equipment (PPE).

Target Audience:
Current and potential domestic producers of PPE (end-items as well as sub-tier suppliers of material) and major trade associations and members, representing consumers of PPE.

To register or visit the DLA website:

SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Advance Program Reopened to All Eligible Small Businesses and Non-Profits Impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic

To further meet the needs of U.S. small businesses and non-profits, the U.S. Small Business Administration reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal to all eligible applicants experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19 today.

• The SBA is offering low interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses and non-profit organizations that are suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19 in all U.S. states, Washington D.C., and territories.
• These loans may be used to pay debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact, and that are not already covered by a Paycheck Protection Program loan. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.
• To keep payments affordable for small businesses, SBA offers loans with long repayment terms, up to a maximum of 30 years. Plus, the first payment is deferred for one year.
• In addition, small businesses and non-profits may request, as part of their loan application, an EIDL Advance of up to $10,000. The EIDL Advance is designed to provide emergency economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. This advance will not have to be repaid, and small businesses may receive an advance even if they are not approved for a loan.

• The SBA is also assisting small businesses and non-profits with access to the federal forgivable loan program, the Paycheck Protection Program , which is currently accepting applications until June 30, 2020.
For additional information, please visit the SBA disaster assistance website at SBA.gov/Disaster . Local small businesses with questions about EIDL or any other SBA program should email : RhodeIsland_DO@sba.gov  
For more information about the SBA loan programs visit their website at:
Creating a New Normal: 5 Steps for Employers Preparing a Returning Workforce in a COVID-19 Environment

May 21, 2020
By  Sara Nasseri , Piliero Mazza Attorneys

As government authorities slowly begin the reopening process, employers are now preparing to reopen facilities and return employees to their worksites. Undoubtedly, with the COVID-19 pandemic still ongoing, a return to work certainly will not mean a return to how things used to be and employers will need to implement new processes and procedures to adequately prepare employees and comply with state and local requirements.  This brief guide outlines various considerations employers will have to make to gradually and safely bring their workforce back and create a new normal.

Please keep in mind that the COVID-19 crisis is constantly changing and employers’ decisions will be highly dependent on the individual jurisdictions and industries in which they operate. However, as we anticipate further guidance from federal, state, and local governments, the following considerations should provide a good starting point as you prepare to return employees to the workplace. Contintued at: https://www.pilieromazza.com/blog-creating-a-new-normal-5-steps-for-employers-preparing-a-returning-workforce-in-a-covid19-environment
Rhode Island PTAC
Staff contact information

Melody Weeks PTAC Program Manager
(401) 528-9619 email: melody.weeks@commerceri.com

Louis Francis PTAC Counselor
(401) 528-9114 email: louis.francis@commerceri.com

Kaileigh Carroll PTAC Counselor
(401) 528-9466 email: kaileigh.carroll@commerceri.com

Charlene Bouthillette, Program Coordinator
(401) 278-9129 email: charlene.bouthillette@commerceri.com
For up to date information on workplace reopening guidelines please visit:

Rhode Island Commerce Corporation
Resource Information for Small Business Assistance

  COVID-19 Info Line: (401) 521-HELP
  E-mail: info@commerceri.com

Please visit the Commerce website for information about programs and initiatives available for businesses
   Website : commerceri.com/covid-19/
Upcoming Events
Upcoming Webinars
July 2020
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Developing Your First Cost and Price Proposal

July 7, 2020


In this webinar, we'll dive into the complexity of pricing data details and show you how to maximize profit and ensure regulatory compliance by preparing an adequate basis of estimate for every contract, regardless of type, when developing your cost and price proposal. ...
In this webinar, we discuss how small businesses with limited resources can develop and execute their capture plan to help them increase their win rate on government contracts in advance of the solicitation phase. ...

Key Considerations When Subcontracting on Federal Contracts

July 16, 2020

1:00-2:30 pm
In this webinar, experienced government contracting attorney Maria Panichelli of Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel will explain how to successfully navigate some of the biggest subcontracting issues from both the prime contractor and subcontractor points of view. ...
Methods for Communicating Your Past Performance to Accelerate Government Sales

July 23, 2020

1:00 - 2:30pm
If you're looking for tactics and strategies on how to position and communicate your company's past performance, this course will change how you market, communicate and differentiate your products and services. ...
Wide Area Workflow – The DoD’s Primary Portal for Invoicing

July 28, 2020

Wide Area Workflow (WAWF) is the Department of Defense’s primary portal for invoicing and payment. This webinar provides step-by-step instructions on how to register for system access, create and submit a payment request, and track the status of the request. It is also the only application that will be used to capture the Unique Identification of Tangible Items information.
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