The Riverside PTAC believes small business vendors will find the following resources highly beneficial and encourages clients to check them out. Resources include useful information regarding government contracting such as; market research, knowing your competitors, business planning, small assistance locations, and more. Please click on the link or image to be redirected to the website.
Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers
APTAC is the professional organization of and for DLA – funded Procurement Technical Assistance Programs. APTAC supports the PTACs by providing them important information, professional networking, comprehensive training opportunities and a voice in national government contracting assistance and policy arenas.
Defense Logistics Agency
The DLA engages in outreach efforts to find potential small business suppliers and teach them how to do business with DLA. Under the agency the Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) help businesses pursue and perform under contracts with the Department of Defense, other Federal Agencies, State and Local Governments and with Government Prime Contractors; with most of the assistance provided being free.
The Federal Business Opportunities site allows you to research criteria of active opportunities by types of notice, solicitation numbers or contract numbers, zip code, keywords, and more.
The System for Award Management (SAM) is an official website of the U.S. government. There is NO cost to use SAM. Register to do business with the U.S. government for free directly from this site.
Small Business Administration (SBA)
The Small Business Administration assists economically disadvantaged individuals in developing and growing their businesses through one-on –one counseling, training workshops, matchmaking opportunities with federal buyers, and other management and technical guidance; at free or low cost.
This is generally a self-certifying database. The SBA does not make any representation as to the accuracy of any of the data included, other than certifications relating to 8(a) Business Development, HUBZone or Small Disadvantaged Business status.
Small Business Development Centers
The Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) provide assistance to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs throughout the United States and its territories. SBDC advisors provide a variety of free business consulting and low cost training services which include; business plan development, manufacturing assistance, financial packaging and lending assistance, exporting and importing support, disaster recovery assistance, procurement and contracting aid, market research help, 8(a) program support, and healthcare guidance.
SCORE Free Small Business Advice
Service Corps of Retired Executives –SCORE, is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses. Services provided include mentoring, business tips, workshops, and webinars all at inexpensive cost or free.