December 2017 - In This Issue:

The SBTDC/PTAC Program's 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 Counselor 
Greensboro / Winston-Salem


PTAC Counselor
Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill

PTAC Counselor 
Elizabeth City / Greenville / Wilmington

PTAC Counselor 
Fayetteville / Pembroke

PTAC Counselor 

SBTDC's Strategy and Growth Services blog, Accelerate, helps CEOs of mid-sized companies make business and leadership improvements through helpful insight, resources, and tools.
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The SBTDC's Technology Commercialization Services team provides business counseling to small to mid-sized business owners, university researchers, and entrepreneurs looking to advance their innovations to the marketplace.
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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:
Welcome to Richard Speights, PTAC Counselor at UNC-Charlotte
By Mark G. Mills, SBTDC/PTAC Program Director at North Carolina State University
Richard Speights joined the
North Carolina Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) as a Procurement Counselor in November.  Rich provides PTAC services to the eight counties in the Piedmont area including the Metropolitan area of Charlotte.  Rich retired from the US Navy after serving 26 ½ years in assignments both at sea and ashore.  A qualified "Nuclear Submariner", Rich served on two ballistic missile submarines and one attack submarine and was the senior logistics officer for an attack submarine squadron.  He was also designated an "Acquisition Professional" by the Department of the Navy, holds a Master's Degree in Acquisition and Contracting from the Naval Postgraduate School and served as the Director of Purchasing at the Naval Supply Center in Charleston, SC and the Supply Officer/Assistance Chief of Staff (Logistics) at the Naval Construction Battalion Center in Gulfport, Mississippi.  Rich was also the former Director of the Mississippi Procurement Technical Assistance (PTAC) Program and a political appointee by the governor of the State of Mississippi as Director, Minority and Small Business Development.  He retired from the Navy as a Commander.  
Cyber Security Countdown
By Rebecca Barbour, PTAC counselor at North Carolina State University
The December 31 deadline for compliance for DFARS clause 252.204-7012 "Safeguarding Covered Defense Information and Cyber Incident Reporting" is quickly approaching, though many contractors are still unsure of what this means for their business. This article addresses some of the top questions contractors are asking and includes resources for additional information to help you assess your risk and achieve compliance.

What contracts are affected?
DFARS clause 252.204-7012 is a mandatory clause for all defense contracts for non-COTS items. It is also a flow-down clause, meaning prime contract holders must include their clause in their covered subcontracts. 

What does the clause entail?
Under the clause, contractors are required to provide adequate security for their information systems that handle or house covered information. Adequate security at a minimum must meet the guidelines provided in the NIST 800-171"Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Information Systems and Organizations" publication. 

What is covered information?
Covered defense information includes any controlled unclassified technical information (CTI) and other information as listed in the Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) Registry. Examples of covered defense information include technical engineering drawings and data, or export controlled items. 

What are contractors required to do by December 31, 2017?
Contractors must have a written system security plan that details how the system security requirements have been met, or how the organization plans to meet the requirements. In other words, contractors must have a plan that outlines their system security policies, their plans for progress toward implementation, and their plans for addressing any deficiencies. Contractors do not need to be fully compliant with NIST 800-171 by December 31, provided they have an appropriate system security plan in place. 

Where can we learn more?
A wealth of information, including a Cybersecurity Evaluation Tool, is available through the DOD Procurement Toolbox, . Contractors may also reach out to their local PTAC program or NIST MEP program for more information and assistance.
PTAC Client Success Story  
Electric Motor Shop
By Rebecca Barbour, PTAC counselor at North Carolina State University

Electric Motor Shop was founded in Wake Forest, NC in 1952 by Thomas Wright. Since it's beginnings as a small electric motor repair center, EMS has grown to be one of the largest, best equipped, and most technically advanced companies of its kind in the southeast United States. With locations in Wake Forest and Rocky Mount, the company provides time critical, OEM quality electric motor, electromechanical and power transmission repair, rebuilding and retrofit services for a wide range of commercial and industrial customers. 

Electric Motor Shop was first featured as a success story in 2015, when the company ownership transitioned to Jane Wright and Hollie Wright-Hicks. Looking for new markets and growth, EMS reached out to the NC PTAC for assistance with the NC HUB program. Ultimately successful in obtaining certification, EMS's relationship with the NC PTAC and SBTDC did not stop there. Since their initial engagement, EMS has worked with SBTDC business counselors and student interns while continuing to work with the PTAC counselor. 

In 2016, EMS renewed their efforts in government contracting. Hiring a former student intern full-time, the company began actively pursuing contract opportunities through the Defense Logistics Agency's DIBBS system. With guidance from the PTAC counselor, EMS received their first federal award in June and continues to search for opportunities while engaging with multiple resources.  If you would like to learn more about Electric Motor Shop and the many services they provide, please visit their website at .


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Raleigh, NC 27601