There are potentially millions of dollars in government contracts available to small businesses. But many people don’t know about them, or more importantly, they don’t know how to get one. Utah’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) Symposium is a great way to expand your reach.

The event, coming up October 16th, will give you direct access to buying staff representing federal, state and local agencies as well as prominent area prime contractors and large businesses. And they’re looking to develop local contracting relationships within our small business community.

Subcontracting is a great way for small businesses to access federal contracts. When awarding a large contract, the government often requires a primary contractor to subcontract out a portion of the work to one or more small businesses.

For the past six years, the federal government has achieved a goal it set for itself decades ago: awarding at least 25 percent of all federal contracts to small businesses.  However, it still has a way to go in meeting another goal: awarding at least 5 percent of all federal contracts to women-owned small businesses.

Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), American Express OPEN and the SBA have a program called ChallengeHER that provides events, education and webinars to help women compete for government contracts. And while there does not appear to be a local Utah ChallengeHer event (yet), you can get involved with online resources and get help from our local partners. For example, SCORE can help you with everything from getting certified as a Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSB) to finding contracting opportunities and preparing your marketing strategy. To get started, check out SCORE’s blog on how to become a government contractor and their webinar on how to do business with the federal government.

Utah’s PTAC has helped our local businesses win over $450 million in contracts, starting numerous businesses and creating thousands of jobs. They offer services like one-on-one counseling, marketing strategy and “how to” workshops to navigate the sometimes-challenging world of securing government contracting. These services are offered at no cost and are focused on the under-served business market, which includes veteran, female and minority-owned companies.


The 2019 Procurement Symposium, hosted by the Utah Procurement and Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC), is an opportunity for small businesses to learn how to compete in the government contracting marketplace. They help companies navigate the paperwork and process, to identify the right opportunity with the right approach.

The event will be held at the Salt Lake Community College, Miller Campus in Sandy, Utah, on Wednesday, Oct. 16th. The theme for the symposium is “Gaining the Edge in a Changing Landscape”. It starts at 7:30 registration. And right at 8:00

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If you are a small business doing business in Utah, you do not want to miss this.