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COVID-19 Impact and Resource Links

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Virginia PTAC is closely monitoring the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on government contractors.  Our greatest concern is for the health, safety, and well-being of our clients and staff.  As a unit of George Mason University, we continue to comply with GMU’s operational directives, and that of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Our staff continues to serve clients remotely but if you have questions, please visit our guidance regarding operational impacts https://virginiaptac.org/faq/operational-impact-during-covid-19-pandemic/ for more guidance about counseling, training, and events.

To keep you apprised of resources and solicitations being distributed daily, we encourage you to follow our social media (top right corner of every virginiaptac.org webpage) and have established this link for government contractors impacted by COVID-19: https://virginiaptac.org/useful-link/covid-19-resources/. We will update this information regularly with the latest news during this difficult time. Please email ptac@gmu.edu if you are aware of a resource we haven’t posted.

When we resume normal operations and allow in-person appointments again, we will provide notification. Please stay safe, healthy, and keep us in the loop on how you are doing!

Sincerely,

Virginia PTAC Counselors and Staff

ptac@gmu.edu

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Battelle Need Small Businesses

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As part of the commitment to leveraging the small business
community throughout their organization, Battelle needs small business partners
to join their electronic-ordering databases, “PunchOut“ and “Coupa”!

Left Brain Professionals is partnering with Battelle due to their vast network to small businesses of all certifications –Veteran Owned, Woman Owned, 8(a) –throughout multiple industries.

Over the next few weeks, Battelle’s goal is to double their accepted suppliers in the spend categories of:

(1) Chemicals

(2) Computer and Information Technologies (CIT) peripherals

(3) Compressed Gas (4) Electronic Components

(5) Lab Supplies

(6) Life Science

(7) MRO

(8) Shipping

(9) Office Supplies. Suppliers, including resellers, are
welcome to apply. 

Both the PunchOut and Coupa applications utilize the cXML
data format, which is a requirement for all suppliers to meet. The data
interface for PunchOut is via PeopleSoft 9.0 and PeopleTools 8.50.27.

Additionally, all suppliers:

(1) must have active virus protection and email security
applied,

(2) be able to support both applications,

(3) have the ability to ship anywhere in the continental
United States (CONUS), including Alaska and Hawaii, and the US Territory of
Puerto Rico.

All purchase orders and all invoices must originate from
and be processed within the applications. An official request for proposal
(RFP) will be executed, by spend category, via the Scout program in the
upcoming weeks. Notice of the opening of the RFP will be sent to registered
parties only.

Companies interested in participating that meet the
capability requirements of both the PunchOut and Coupa applications are
encouraged to contact Left Brain Professionals’ project liaison at their earliest
convenience for a brief discussion prior to being included in any spend
category’s RFP distribution list.

Questions about the PunchOut and/or Coupa applications
should be communicated to Melissa Metzger for coordination of response.

Melissa Metzger, MAFM, at (614-556-4415) or melissa@leftbrainpro.com,

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