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NOAA Small Business Innovation Funding Topics Released September 28!

Topics of interest:

  • Extreme Events and Cascading Hazards
  •  Coastal Resilience
  • The Changing Ocean
  • Water Availability, Quality, and Risk
  • Effects of Space Weather
  • Monitoring and Modeling for Climate Change Mitigation


State of Washington Clean Energy Fund

Department of COMMERCE will be accepting grant applications for the Clean Energy Fund (CEF) Research, Development, and Demonstration (RD&D) Program from entities seeking funds for clean energy projects focused on new and emerging technologies.


The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) seeks to identify firms with expertise in Additively Constructed Concrete (ACC).

ERDCWERX invites white papers to identify subject matter experts that:

  • Have direct experience in design/build of full-scale, occupiable structures
  • Can provide observations regarding applicable codes and standards
  • Are available, if selected, to brief government stakeholders in late November 2023


Upcoming Events for Innovators

Webinar: R&D Contracting w/ the Office of Naval Research (ONR)   

10/23/2023    6:30 AM - 9:00 AM         

At this webinar, you’ll learn about ONR R&D programs and contracting opportunities. ONR was established in 1946 “…to plan, foster, and encourage scientific research in recognition of its paramount importance as related to the maintenance of future naval power, and the preservation of national security.” ONR's mission is to discover, develop and deliver new technology and capability for the Navy and Marine Corps. Our Sailors and Marines need the decisive technological edge to have the advantage in any engagement.


SBIR 101: Presented by ARC WA       

10/27/2023    9:00 AM - 10:00 AM 

This presentation will introduce innovators to the basics of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. Our presentation will cover the basics of the program. Plenty of time for Q&A!


NOAA SBIR Agency Introduction: presented by ARC WA      

11/1/2023      12:30 PM - 2:00 PM   

SBIR/STTR Program provides seed money to small businesses who are developing new technologies that might be of interest to federal agencies. This training is for small businesses, resource partners or economic development organizations who would like to know more about the currently open NOAA funding opportunity.     


Find these and other events on the PTAC calendar


Other Important Links


  • Need a Challenge? Check out for exciting opportunities!
  • Find statewide resources for innovators visiting Innovation Station.
  • Learn more about Small Business Innovation funding at the SBIR Website.


Questions? Kate Hoy, I[email protected]

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Administrative Staff

Tiffany Scroggs, Program Manager

Marnie Tyson

Lisa Lagerstrom

Tori Stoner


Innovation Station

Kate Hoy


Thurston EDC

Grady Smith

Leslie Miller


Washington APEX Accelerator in Pierce County

Trena Payton

Maryam Lynch-Tate


Sub Centers

Economic Alliance Snohomish County

Cara Buckingham


Greater Spokane Inc.

Aleesha Roedel


Columbia River Economic Development Council

Julia Krivoruk


Green River College

Darrell Sundell

Melinda Martirosian

Kitsap Economic Development Alliance  

Mary Jo Juarez

James Davis

Terry Homburg


Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce

Maria Alleman





Agency Announcements

Kirkland RFP Graphic Design

RFP Washington State Public Works Board Utility Relocation Study

DES Solicitation 15722 Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Services

DOH RFQQ Be Well, Washington Initiative

DES Solicitation 08921 Vehicle, Garage and Fleet Equipment

Walla Walla USACE NWW NWP Adult Fish Counting

DES Solicitation: Bulk Bark, Sand, Soil and Rock

Commerce RFP Multi-Family Weatherization

Prime Calls for Subs

Kiewit Subconsultant Solicitation for Stream Team Services with WSDOT

Information on Prime Contractors:

Pease & Sons, Inc.

The Dutra Group


Korsmo Construction

Not to miss Government Contracting Tradeshows!

Meet the BIGS! Doing Business with the Government         

11/2/2023      8:00 AM-1:00 PM           

Northern Quest Resort and Casino, 100 N Hayford Rd, Airway Heights, WA, 99001

North Puget Sound Contracting Conference

10/26/2023    10:00 PM - 4:00 PM  

Angel of the Winds Arena, 2000 Hewitt Avenue, Everett, WA, 98036

The following events are virtual unless otherwise noted are are categorized as followed:

  • Focused Classes
  • Monthly Meetings
  • Series Courses
  • Tradeshows

Focused Classes

Wage Determination - Service Contract Act or Davis Bacon Act      

10/18/2023    3:00 PM - 4:30 PM         

If wonder: “How does the Service Contract Act (SCA) or Davis Bacon Act (DBA) apply to me?” or “When do I need to pay attention to the labor acts? “ This is the class for you! Come learn about the Davis Bacon Act!


USDA Web-Based Supply Chain Management training       

10/18/2023    10:00 AM- 12:00 PM             

Join the WBSCM Training for Current Domestic and International Vendors! The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is providing current domestic and international commodity and freight vendors in the Web Based Supply Chain Management (WBSCM) System online training sessions on the following topics: “How to Submit a Bid (Domestic),” “How to Submit an Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Bid,” “How to Submit an International Freight Bid,” and “How to Submit a Bid (International).”


Meet the Buyer: Doing Business with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers             

10/18/2023    11:00 AM - 12:30 PM 

7130 W Grandridge Blvd, Kennewick, WA, 99336

Discover the keys to success in government contracting, learn about procurement processes, and engage with the Deputy Small Business Program manager, James Glenn from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Whether you're a seasoned contractor or new to the field, this event offers valuable insights and networking opportunities to boost your business.      


King County Goods & Services Supplier Orientation 

10/19/2023    10:00 AM- 12:00 PM 

King County now offers a Goods & Services Supplier Orientation. During this free 2-hour online session, we'll discuss: Registering as a King County supplier, opting-in to County rosters, and certifying as a small firm. As well as how King County buys goods & services, what to expect when submitting a bid or proposal to King County, best practices for maximizing your opportunities and E-Procurement Supplier Portal introduction.           


Government Contracts and Cybersecurity: Ensuring Compliance and Protection   

10/19/2023    10:00 AM - 11:30 PM 

2211 Rimland Drive, Bellingham, WA, 98226

Upcoming federal cybersecurity requirements are no joke. Learn what you need to do to be compliant and eligible for contracts. Topics include CMMC, NIST 800-171, cybersecurity self-assessment tools, and mandatory requirements. This is an in-person meeting.


Statewide Contract: Vehicle Maintenance Info Session       

10/24/2023    3:00 PM - 5:00 PM                 

2600 N 20th Ave, Pasco, WA, 99301

The Washington State Department of Enterprise Services (Enterprise Services) is procuring vehicle maintenance and repair services for all counties of Washington, with multiple awards in each county. In collaboration with APEX and the Tri-Cities Hispanic Chamber, we are hosting a free information session to assist small, diverse, and veteran-owned vehicle maintenance businesses in comprehending the solicitation and understanding how to bid on it.


Contrato Estatal: Sesión informativa sobre mantenimiento de vehículos (Sesión en Espanol)

10/24/2023    5:30 PM - 7:30 PM                 

Columbia Basin College, 2600 N 20th Ave, Pasco, WA, 99301

El Departamento de Servicios Empresariales del Estado de Washington (DES) está adquiriendo servicios de mantenimiento y reparación de vehículos para todos los condados de Washington, con múltiples adjudicaciones en cada condado. En colaboración con APEX y la Cámara Hispana de Tri-Cities, estamos organizando una sesión informativa gratuita para ayudar a las pequeñas empresas de mantenimiento de vehículos de propiedad diversa y de veteranos a comprender la solicitud y entender cómo presentar una oferta.


Graham Diversity in Contracting Trucking Contract Opportunities Event

10/26/2023    5:00 PM- 7:00 PM          

8815 122nd Ave NE, Kirkland, WA, 98033

Attend the event to learn about contracting opportunities and resources to certify your business as an SVB/MWBE. Enjoy some food and drinks and network with others.


Cost and Price Proposal Preparation (IN PERSON)    

11/8/2023      2:00 PM - 5:00 PM     

Kitsap Regional Library Silverdale Branch

3650 NW Anderson Hill Road, Silverdale, WA, 98383

Our session is focused on the key components to prepare a price proposal for government contracting opportunities. You’ll learn about Direct costs, Indirect costs, Profit, Taxes, and the difference between a cost and price proposal. Also, you will learn how to prepare a comprehensive cost/price proposal and feel confident with your price.


10 Seconds to Impact - Creating Extraordinary Elevator Pitches

11/8/2023      9:00 AM - 12:00 PM   

Gain critical awareness and tools you can use immediately to improve the quality of your elevator pitch.

Stand up and out with poise and deliver dynamic messages about yourself, your business, or organization. Talk so people will listen and want to hear more. Find the core of your message and vary the content and length in order to meet the demands of the moment, event, and audience


Cost and Price Proposal Preparation (VIRTUAL)       

11/15/2023    2:00 PM - 5:00 PM         

Our session focuses on the key components to prepare a cost and price proposal for government contracting opportunities. You’ll learn about Direct costs, Indirect costs, Profit, Taxes and

The difference between a cost and price proposal.  


Whatcom County US-Canada Projects Update         

11/16/2023    7:30 AM - 9:00 AM         

Bellingham Golf & Country Club, 3729 Meridian Street, Bellingham, WA, 98225

Contractors, subs, and suppliers interested on bidding on $200M in expansion and modernization projects at Whatcom County's US-Canada border crossings won't want to miss this event. Hear about capital projects from GSA, the agency leading the projects' design and construction plans.


King County Architecture & Engineering Consultant Orientation    

11/16/2023    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

During this free online 2-hour session, we'll discuss: registering as a King County consultant, opting-in to County rosters, certifying as small firm , how King County implements Architecture & Engineering contracts, what to expect when submitting a proposal to King County, best practices for maximizing your opportunities and E-Procurement Supplier Portal introduction.  

Monthly Sessions

Contracting Coffee Hour, 11/1/2023, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Got contracting questions? We have answers!


University of Washington Virtual Workshops for Suppliers, 11/2/2023, 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. 


PTAC & SBDC First Friday Follow-up, 11/3/2023, 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.


PTAC: Prime Connect, 11/8/2023,  8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

A structured matchmaking event for Primes and Subcontractors to connect on future projects.


Wednesday with the Deputies for Small Business, 10/25/2023, 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.


Doing Business with the state – DES, 10/19/2023, 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. 


Yes you can! Contracts with the Government, 10/25/2023, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

7130 West Grandridge Blvd. (Tri-Cities Business and Visitor Center), Kennewick, Washington, 99336 

PPH is a dynamic initiative aimed at facilitating learning and fostering growth among our valued PTAC clients. This program brings together local businesses owners in an engaging forum designed to provide invaluable insights into the ever-evolving world of procurement. 


Si Se Puede - Contratos con el Gobierno, 10/25/2023, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

7130 West Grandridge Blvd. (Tri-Cities Business and Visitor Center), Kennewick, Washington, 99336 

“Si Se Puede - Contratos con el Gobierno” es una iniciativa dinámica destinada a facilitar el aprendizaje y fomentar el crecimiento entre nuestros valiosos clientes de PTAC. Este programa reúne a los propietarios de empresas locales en un foro atractivo diseñado para brindar información valiosa sobre el mundo de las compras en constante evolución.


Contractor Connections: Outreach Office Hours      

10/24/2023    10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

808 134th Street SW, Everett, WA, 98204

Subcontractors and suppliers interested in making connections with primes performing on public works projects are invited to sign up for one-to-one meetings with Outreach Coordinator Darling Nava at Economic Alliance Snohomish County. In partnership with WA APEX Accelerator (formerly PTAC) and EASC, office hours offered the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month.

Series Courses

ScaleUp Business Training was designed to help established businesses increase profitability, build capacity, and spur growth. from WA State Department of Commerce and Thurston EDC



·     Adopting business systems to save time and energy

·     Pathways to increased revenue and profits



·     Online Learning Modules

·     Access to ScaleUp Alumni Network

·     Weekly Virtual Study Halls


9 Week Virtual Training Courses:

·     Class 1: Oct. 17 – Dec. 12, 2023, every Tuesday 9 am - 10:30 am

·     Spanish ScaleUp: Oct. 17 – Dec. 12, 2023, every Tuesday 6 pm - 7:30 pm

·     Class 2: Oct. 18 – Dec. 13, 2023, every Wednesday 9 am-10:30 am

·     Class 3: Oct. 18 – Dec. 13, 2023, every Wednesday 6 pm - 7:30 pm


Advanced PortGen 2023 - Resource Fair      

10/17/2023    3:00 PM - 5:00 PM         

7100 Fort Dent Way Suite 100, Tukwila, WA, 98188

Please join Washington PTAC and the Port of Seattle at the 2023 Advanced PortGen Resource Fair. The Resource Fair will provide additional resources, help build relationships, and give you a chance to practice your elevator pitch. This time allows for face-to-face conversations with all trainers from the 5-week session plus additional resources.


AGC of Washington Contractor Exchange: Matchmaking for Subcontractors and Suppliers

10/18/2023    9:00 AM - 12:00PM        

AGC Conference Center, 2nd Floor, 1200 Westlake Ave. N, Seattle, WA, 98109

AGC of Washington's annual Contractor Exchange and Federal Facilities 3-Year Outlook events are scheduled for October 18th. Don't miss the chance to network with AGC General Contractors from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM and then get the scoop on upcoming federal projects across the region from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.


AGC of Washington: Federal Facilities Three-Year Outlook & Reception     

10/18/2023    12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

AGC of Washington, 2nd Floor, 1200 Westlake Ave. N, Seattle, WA, 98109

Join AGC of Washington for the latest project previews from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, NAVFAC, the GSA, NOAA, and the U.S. Coast Guard, and receive updates on federal contracting at AGC of Washington's annual Federal Facilities 3-Year Outlook.     


2023 Pierce County Thriving Together Resource Event        

10/18/2023    8:30 AM - 12:30 PM               

McGavick Conference Center, Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood, WA, 98499

The Pierce County Community Navigator Program team and the City of Lakewood invite you to the Thriving Together Resource Event. This free event is ideal for local small business owners and entrepreneurs to network and learn about the resources available to help businesses thrive in Pierce County.


Infrastructure Assistance Coordinating Council Conference

10/24/2023- 10/26/2023     8:00 AM - 5:00 PM     

121 N Wenatchee Ave, Wenatchee, WA, 98801                  

 The Infrastructure Assistance Coordinating Council (IACC) sponsors an annual statewide conference and provides technical assistance to communities and tribes. Who attends the IACC Conference? Elected officials and staff from cities and towns, counties, tribes, special districts, water associations, consulting engineers, regulatory agency staff, state and federal funding program staff, nonprofit technical assistance providers, and product vendors.


North Puget Sound Contracting Conference

10/26/2023    10:00 PM - 4:00 PM  

Angel of the Winds Arena, 2000 Hewitt Avenue, Everett, WA, 98036

Showcase your organization as one of 100+ exhibitors at the largest business-to-government conferences in the North Puget Sound Region. Network with individuals representing businesses, government agencies, and prime contractors throughout the region. Access matchmaking sessions, panel discussions, agency forecasts, and more!


Congressman Adam Smith Government Procurement Workshop 2023      

10/27/2023    9:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Green Rover College, Kent Campus, 417 Ramsay Way, Kent, WA 98032

Congressman Adam Smith invites you to attend his Government Procurement Workshop to learn more about contracting opportunities and meet with government agencies.


WA Dept of L & I Contractor Training Day    

10/27/2023    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM                 

Pierce College

9401 Farwest Dr SW, Lakewood, WA, 98498

A day of classes on varying subjects including safety, managing your claims to control your workers' compensation costs, public works contracting, risk management, contracts and more.


Seattle Reverse Vendor Tradeshow  

11/1/2023      11:00 AM - 3:00 PM               

305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA, 98109

The Reverse Vendor Trade Show is an annual event hosted by the City of Seattle to allow vendors the opportunity to introduce themselves to a variety of City departments and other public agency representatives. Vendors can learn about upcoming solicitations, procurement opportunities and sustainable purchasing while networking with other local vendors. Women-owned and minority-owned businesses are especially encouraged to attend.


Meet the BIGS! Doing Business with the Government         

11/2/2023      8:00 AM-1:00 PM           

Northern Quest Resort and Casino, 100 N Hayford Rd, Airway Heights, WA, 99001

MEET THE BIGS! You’ll have the chance to network with the largest government purchasers in our area, like Fairchild Air Force Base and the US Forest Service, as well as large prime contractors doing millions of dollars of work with the government every year. Whether you are looking to expand your pool of suppliers and subcontractors, or you need to meet your small business/outreach goals, MTB will give you the opportunity to meet and talk about doing business with hundreds of local small businesses from a variety of industries. 


DOE & PNNL Small Business SYNERGY DAY  

11/8/2023      8:30 AM - 2:00 PM     

650 Horn Rapids Road, Richland, WA, 99354

Join the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU), the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), and other DOE West Coast sites in a Small Business Synergy Day! Representatives from the OSDBU, PNNL, and other DOE West Coast sites such as Idaho National Laboratory, One Hanford, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, will be on hand to provide information about how to do business with and upcoming procurement opportunities at their site. Round-robin matchmaking and exhibit booth time will also be held to give small businesses the opportunity to have more in-depth discussions and connections with the OSDBU and its sites and to network with other small businesses in their sector of expertise.  


INDUSTRY DAY EVENT: USACE, Portland District & Oregon National Guard           

15300 SE Minuteman Way, Clackamas, OR, 97015

11/14/2023    8:30 AM - 3:30 PM         

Portland District USACE and the Oregon National Guard are hosting an Industry Day Event.    

Govology classes, live and on-demand, are Free for Washington PTAC clients – contact your PTAC counselor for access. Click here for Govology’s live classes. 


Recorded webinars available 

APEX Calendar

Washington APEX Accelerator, formerly Washington 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: