Are you searching for information on beta.sam.gov and can’t find it? Maybe it’s an attachment that should be associated with an opportunity or maybe it’s a link to register for an announced event? Check to make sure you have reviewed the opportunity listing with all changes and edits applied. Sometimes a link you receive will lead to the original opportunity listing but in order to see any updates, you need to click the link at the top of the page to reveal updates:
That may not be enough so check to see if there is a “view changes” button after you follow the previous link:
If you still can’t find what you are looking for contact your PTAC counselor for assistance.
As you know the COVID-19 virus is dominating the news and our personal and professional lives in a significant way.
The Virginia PTAC is open for business to support you on a regular basis but we are implementing some risk reduction procedures that may affect the way that we interact with our clients. Please be patient with us as we try to navigate these challenging times.
Here is what you can expect
- Webinars will continue as scheduled
- Seminars, workshops and site visits will be evaluated individually and, if feasible, hosted using our technology platforms such as Webex or Zoom rather than hosted in person. If not feasible, those that cannot be hosted virtually will be rescheduled to a later date.
- Client contact will remain active but we will rely heavily on technology platforms to facilitate counseling sessions and minimize physical interactions. Your counselor will reach out to you to set up alternate means of facilitating counseling sessions.
- Large meetings: CDC guidelines recommending the cancelation or postponement of mass gatherings will impact the many conferences we advertise and share with our clients. When hosted by another entity and we find out about cancelations we will attempt to update our website and notify by email if appropriate. Bottom line: when in doubt, contact the event sponsor to determine the status of the event.
Please understand that our desire is to support you and your business without interruption but we will minimize risk of spreading COVID-19 by minimizing travel, adhering to CDC guidance regarding large groups and physical contact until this challenge passes. Please email any questions to email@example.com.
Thank you for your patience and support.
Virginia PTAC Counselors and Staff
Although we are hosted by George Mason University, we don’t have special access to procurement professionals who buy for the university. GMU is a member of VASCUPP and does post open solicitations on eVA as do other State of Virginia universities. We recommend you register in eVA and keep an eye on the GMU opportunities website here: https://fiscal.gmu.edu/purchasing/do-business-with-mason/view-current-solicitation-opportunities/ If you have further questions about a procurement, the contact information for the procurement officers who can answer those questions are generally listed in the RFP. If your company has an existing contract with a Virginia school or a major cooperative organization (E&I/NASPO/OMNIA, etc) it may be help to get added to contract vendor lists. Please visit https://fiscal.gmu.edu/purchasing/do-business-with-mason/ for additional information or talk to your PTAC counselor.
To provide the most economic impact with the resources available, we are limited in what individualized services we can provide to startup companies without sufficient past performance or experience to demonstrate a potential for successful government contracting. We offer a broad array of training in the field of government contracting via our eCenter calendar, resources such as a handful of on-demand webinar recordings, local events, and our resources page to allow the startup company to take advantage of self-directed learning.
If you are interested in creating a business plan, establishing your business as a legal entity, or other topics that are not specific to government contracting, please find your local SBDC or SCORE office to see what services (including counseling) that they can provide.
Referrals from the Vet’s First Verification Program must meet the same guidelines as other clients to be eligible to seek assistance with their SDVOSB and VOSB applications from GMU staff serving Verification Assistance Counselors. We do encourage both eligible clients as well as startups or businesses not ready for government contracting to continue to utilize the webinars and training offered by the Veteran’s Administration. Those companies ineligible for counseling from PTAC can contact their local SBDC or VBOC for assistance with their Veteran’s Administration application for CVE.
Recent changes to the terms and conditions of our federal funding require that we use “PTAC” in our name in order to create more brand recognition across the US. This will help our federal sponsor build more uniform recognition among corresponding regional and statewide programs throughout the nation and allow our clients and potential clients to understand the PTAC mission no matter where they live. We have not changed our mission and the change from “Program” to “Center” will not impact the services in any way. Some highlights of the transition to Virginia Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) include:
- Emails sent to firstname.lastname@example.org will automatically be forwarded to our new email@example.com email address as of 3/29/2019
- URLs for our main website and client login WILL change but redirects will be put in place for 90 days to give you time to update your bookmarks
- The new website address will be virginiaptac.org
- The new client login will be virginiaptac.ecenterdirect.com
- Phone numbers and staff emails will remain unchanged
- You may still see the occasional Virginia PTAP branded business card as we transition but contact information for individual counselors will not change as a result of the brand change, and we are still George Mason University employees
- Services remain the same: Counseling, Training, and Bid Match Service
Generally when instructors make slides available in PDF for the attendees, they will be posted on the Virginia PTAC eCenter underneath the class description on the page you where you initially registered to attend the class (you must be logged in to view). If you have been advised that slides will be made available, please allow a few business days for the attachment to be posted. If you cannot see the attachment, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to verify that you have permission to access the document. Documents will be removed after 1 year. See screenshot below for an example:
Documents are at the bottom of the event description under the instructions
NOTE: A series class session will not display as a separate listing from the overall event in the “My Events” menu of the eCenter. If you do not have a recent reminder email with a direct link to the event page saved, please locate the class description by navigating to the start of the series to locate handouts for all session dates. If you do not remember the start date, please use the search function on the calendar to backdate a few weeks or months and search for the class page by title keywords such as “series” or “pipeline” depending on the individual class:
Choose “Year” to see the class list by full title.
Our funding agency has requirements regarding the method and documentation by which a participating client company has agreed to receive counseling services. Recent updates in our reporting requirements have necessitated that we update certain client records to comply with the new requirements by having an authorized signature on file electronically. This eSignature acknowledges the same information that our new clients agree to during the sign-up process and without it, a counseling appointment cannot be scheduled, nor guidance provided. A factor that may have caused you to receive this email is the length of time which your company has been a client of Virginia PTAC. If you are no longer the primary or authorized contact for the company, please let us know the contact information for the updated company contact.
We often receive very similar inquires and questions from our new clients. In order to provide information in a format that provides the most benefit for your time investment, we have training seminars on topics that are important for all government contractors to know. Our overview and market research classes among others are a solid foundation that allow you to understand the terminology and context of how to approach your pursuit of federal government contracts and arm you with the understanding necessary to ask the right questions. A one-hour counseling session is most productive and useful when you come prepared to address specific challenges your company is facing so your company can move forward. If you already have specific questions, contact your counselor to make an appointment.
We are obligated to report statistics and aggregated counseling information in order to retain our status as a grant-funded program so registration IS required to obtain one-on-one assistance.