To get started as a new PTAC Client, you will need to fill out the PTAC NEW Client Profile Form so your company information can be entered into the data base, which begins the daily emails with solicitations that may interest you.
A Quarterly Survey is sent to each PTAC client. This form MUST be filled out by each client since the PTAC is funded by the Department of Defense as well as the State of Michigan. The PTAC is audited every year and one requirement is to report the percentage of those surveys returned. PTAC Staff also reviews those surveys to see if there are any problems you are having so assistance can be provided to your company. PTAC services are FREE of charge.
PTAC Staff commits to keep all clients apprised of upcoming trainings and seminars that you might be interested in as well as other opportunities. Continue to check out the PTAC Calendar of Events on our home page.
You will need a DUNS number – Click on Start Now! If you move, you do not need to get a new DUNS number – just click here to update your existing DUNS number
What can your company do or what does your company make? Find the codes that best describe your company.
Products: FSC Federal Supply Codes – These are two-digit numerical codes. Click on the code with the best description and see the four-digit numerical codes for when you register for the Federal Government.
Services: PSC Product Service Codes – These are sing letters codes. Click on the code with the best description and see the four-digit alpha/numeric codes for when you register for the Federal Government.
NOW you’re ready to register for the Federal Government in the System Award Management (SAM). Be sure to set aside about 45-60 minutes to fill this out.
1. Why register on SAM? This is so you can get paid, have others see what you do (for teaming and subcontracting), set your company up as a small or large company according to the Small Business Administration (SBA) and those NAICS codes that you choose.
2. You will be given a Commercial And Government Entity (CAGE) Code a few days after completion.
3. After you register in SAM, you will see next steps, which involves providing a notarized letter that you will be required to mail in. A template of the letter will be provided to you.
4. BEWARE: When you register here, you will get other companies that want to “sell” you their services for SAM. PTAC is a no-cost, non-profit service that will help you through this and much more.
5. Within SAM, there is another database that you will want to be registered for, if you are a Small business, called Dynamic Small Business Search. Click on the link that says: SBA Update or Register. Some information that will be transferred over from SAM, but there is also a lot of information that you will want to fill in yourself.
- Set-aside Programs – Setting aside opportunities for certain types of businesses:
1. 23% of the procurement dollars goes to Small Businesses. Then, under this umbrella:
2. 5% to Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSB) – They need to be certified within the Small Business Administration (SBA). You can self-certify or have a third party that is approved by the SBA certify you. Click here to see other requirements
3. 3% to 8(a) certified economically and disadvantaged companies. You certify through the SBA. Click here to see other requirements
4. Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Zone – It’s has to do with the location of your company. Click here to see if you are in a HUB ZoneTo qualify, you must have 35% of your employees, including the owner, living in any HUBZone area. If you have both, check the HUB Zone website to see how you get certified and what requirements are necessary.
5. Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) – If you want to work with the Veterans Administration (VA) you will need to be verified with them. Click here to view the requirements and register your company with the Veterans Administration
6. Let us help you with your Capabilities Statement. It’s like a resume for your company, only it’s a one-page, one-sided document that is great for opening doors to an agency or prime contractor. Contact PTAC Staff to inquire about this and what it entails.
Do you want to know what the federal government has bought in the past? What agency buys what I see? How much? Who won? It’s all public information at Federal Procurement Data System Contact PTAC Staff if you need assistance using this database.
Looking for current opportunities and more? Check out the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO). There are many ways to search for current opportunities, sources sought, awards, modifications, and more.
This is not the only place, there are thousands more, but we search most of them for PTAC clients for FREE! Contact PTAC Staff to become a client today, and get your opportunities emailed to you five days a week.
The GSA has different schedules that you can apply for within your capabilities. Contact PTAC Staff for more information. Is it worth your time? You can find out by using the GSA Query.
The SBIR Program
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation’s R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.
The STTR Program
The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) is another program that expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development (R&D) arena. Central to the program is expansion of the public/private sector partnership to include the joint venture opportunities for small businesses and nonprofit research institutions. The unique feature of the STTR program is the requirement for the small business to formally collaborate with a research institution in Phase I and Phase II. STTR’s most important role is to bridge the gap between performance of basic science and commercialization of resulting innovations.
State of Michigan
PTAC searches the State of Michigan website daily and sends you the opportunities to review and consider bidding. You will be able to view the opportunities, documents, bid information, and amendments. There are postings from Community Colleges as well as public schools. By registering at this website, you will be required to enter information through the electronic funds transfer (EFT) to ensure that you get paid.
Contact a buyer at the State of Michigan. These two sites include listings of buyers within the State of Michigan and the Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB)
Agency Buyers in Michigan
Main Agency Buyers in DTMB
PTAC Staff searches MDOT opportunities for PTAC Clients. Doing business with MDOT offers many options for clients. Some are highlighted below:
1. Purchases of less than $25,000 by MDOT are processed directly by MDOT staff statewide. Vendors can contact MDOT staff at one of several MDOT Regional Office Locations to advise them of the services, supplies and materials their company sells.
2. Purchases in excess of $25,000 by MDOT are advertised and processed by the Department of Management and Budget (through SIGMA – link above) for all state agencies.
3. Disadvantaged Business Enterprise. This MDOT certification is based on your financial statements. Various forms are available on this site as well. You can also mail your application and other documents for certification to the Wayne County Human Relations, 500 Griswold, Detroit, MI 48226 or to the Detroit Department of Transportation, 1300 E. Warren Ave., Detroit, MI 48207. If the Codes represented are NOT what you do, do not choose any of the codes, your NAICS codes will be used as an alternative. MDOT will contact you, if that situation arises, but be sure to become pre-qualified first to send the approval with the application.
4. Prequalification with MDOT for Construction. You do not have to be prequalified for Construction to get DBE certified. If you are going for DBE, you can get this certification before or after DBE approval. PTAC Staff recommends you do this before submitting your DBE application.
5. Prequalification with MDOT for Services. You do not have to be prequalified for Services to get DBE certified. If you are going for DBE, you can get this certification before or after DBE approval. PTAC Staff recommends you do this before submitting your DBE application.
6. Small Business Program Application. The information contained on this web site is for small businesses wanting to work with MDOT.
Michigan Intergovernmental Trading Network (MITN) is on the State of Michigan website, but separate from the States solicitations and Request For Proposals (RFPs). These opportunities are city, local, township’s, police department’s, fire station’s, etc. for you to bid on. You need to register, but be sure you don’t pay the fee to have them search for you – PTAC Staff does this FREE for PTAC clients! The solicitation will guide with instructions regarding how to bid and how to bill them.
You can find out if your competitors are getting any awards from the State of Michigan.
County, City, and Township Info in Michigan
- Ingham County Information: Vendors living in Ingham County get a 10% preference with the County.
- Hillsdale County Information: Look at the Hillsdale County Dashboard for the history on where their money has gone.
- Eaton County Information
- Eaton County Departments that do purchasing
- IT products or services comes through the Information Systems Department, Elizabeth Walby at (517) 543-4714 or via email@example.com
- Physical Plant – Products or services related to the Physical Plant comes through Steve Barnett, Director at (517) 543-2552 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org. Construction also goes through Steve Barnett, and are usually posted, sealed bids.
- Purchasing Department prefers to use the State of Michigan MiDeal for most of their purchases. Judy Ash is the purchaser and can be reached at 517-543-2182 or via email email@example.com
- The address is 1045 Independence Blvd., Charlotte, Michigan 48813.
- Eaton County Departments that do purchasing
- Clinton County Information: Be sure to search each department head who may purchase smaller opportunities.