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  • What is LA PTAC?
  • What success has LA PTAC had in Louisiana?
  • What can LA PTAC do for me?
  • Is there any cost for LA PTAC services?
  • What is the scope of services provided by LA PTAC?
  • Does LA PTAC provide services throughout Louisiana?
  • What are the requirements to become a client?
  • How do I get started?
  • What are some steps involved in selling to the government?
  • Does the LA PTAC help obtain Grants and Loans?

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    Q: What is LA PTAC?
    A: The Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center, funded by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the U.S. Department of Defense provides Louisiana businesses with the marketing know-how and technical tools they need to obtain and perform successfully under federal, state and local government contracts with the mission to create and maintain jobs, foster competition and low costs for the government, and help sustain our armed forces' readiness.

    Q: What success has LA PTAC had in Louisiana?
    A: LA PTAC has helped Louisiana businesses secure more than $4.5 billion in government contract awards since it was funded in 1989.

    Q: What can LA PTAC do for me?
    A: Trained procurement counselors can help you determine if you can successfully compete in the government marketplace by evaluating your capabilities and identifying potential buying agencies for your products and services. Counselors provide an overview of the government contracting process and will help you identify government small business programs where your company may qualify. Your company will be entered into an electronic bid matching database. Counselors will help you review the bid notices you receive and help you determine on which notices to bid. As you work through the marketing, bidding, negotiation, and contract administration processes, LA PTAC counselors are just a phone call or e-mail away to answer any questions you may have.

    Q: Is there any cost for LA PTAC services?
    A: There is no charge for LA PTAC services. However, each quarter, clients are required to complete, sign and return a Contract Award Form. Clients are also asked to complete and return an annual Client Satisfaction Survey.

    Q: What is the scope of services provided by LA PTAC?
    A: Acquisition Forecasting Solicitation Review Bid and Proposal Assistance Bid Matching Negotiation Support Contract Administration & Management Cost Accounting, E-Procurement Federal Acquisition Regulations GSA Federal Supply Schedules Government Codes and Requirements Registration in Government Databases (CCR, Pro-net, D&B, Others) Research and Contracting Issues, Marketing Packaging, Marking, and Transportation Pre- and Post-Award Surveys Pricing Principles Quality Assurance Small Business Programs (Small Business, Woman-Owned, Small Disadvantaged, Veteran-Owned, Service Disabled Veteran-Owned, HUBZone) Subcontracting Supplier Certification Web site Navigation

    Q: Does LA PTAC provide services throughout Louisiana?
    A: LA PTAC provides assistance in 54 Louisiana Parishes through five outreach centers.

    Q: What are the requirements to become a client?
    A: LA PTAC provides professional procurement technical assistance to Louisiana small and large businesses located in their 54 parish service area.

    Q: How do I get started?
    A: Contact the LA PTAC counselor serving your area.

    Q: What are some steps involved in selling to the government?
    A:
    ~Contact the main PTAC office at (800) 206-3545
    ~Complete and return your LA PTAC Client Profile Form
    ~Obtain a DUNS number ~Register in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) Database
    ~Register with ORCA ~Identify which government agencies buy your products and services
    ~Learn government contracting language and codes
    ~Become familiar with government regulations and requirements
    ~Develop a government agency marketing strategy


    Q: Does the LA PTAC help obtain Grants and Loans?
    A: The LA PTAC does NOT provide loan and grant assistance.

     


         

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