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Welcome to the Procurement Technical Assistance Center

Hands-On Assistance in Government Contracting

Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) are a nationwide network of procurement professionals who help businesses compete for and perform contracts with the Department of Defense, other federal agencies, state and local governments, and with prime contractors.

What we can do for you?

We help Virginia businesses in our service area identify, compete for, and win government contracts.

Our assistance includes teaching, mentoring, one on one assistance and coaching. We also provide our clients with a set of electronic tools to research and identify government contracting opportunities.

Our services are available at no cost to any Virginia business within our area of coverage, large or small, that possesses the interest and potential to perform work — as a prime contractor or a subcontractor — for federal, state or local government agencies. If your business is located outside of our service area, you can find a procurement technical assistance center (PTAC) by clicking here.

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Join the Crater PTAC to receive the resources and training to become involved with government contracting.

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PTACs have ...

PTACs have a local presence in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Some PTACs specialize in assistance to federally recognized tribes and their members.


Most PTAC assistance is provided free of charge.

Program Administration

The program is administered by DLA’s Office of Small Business Programs in cooperation with states, local governments and nonprofit organizations.

PTACs provide...

PTACs provide day-to-day assistance, along with training , to firms seeking to do business with Federal
Agencies and state and local governments in the form of such services as:

  • Identifying government agencies that purchase a firm’s products or services
  • Networking and matchmaking events to meet government buyers and prime contractors
  • Using the internet to sell to the government
  • DLA’s Internet Bid Board System {DIBBS)
  • Prime & subcontracting opportunities
  • Contracting fundamentals
  • Helping to prepare bids/proposals
  • Pre-award & post-award administration issues
  • Locating military and other government specifications and drawings
  • Small business programs and certifications
  • Cost accounting system compliance
  • Cybersecurity clause compliance
  • Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program information
  • Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program information
DLA needs...

DLA needs capable Small Businesses, Small Disadvantaged Businesses, Historically Underutilized
Business Zone Small Businesses, Women-Owned Small Businesses, Veteran-owned and ServiceDisabled
Veteran-Owned Small Businesses.

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Watch a video to learn more about PTAC support to large and small businesses:

PTAC service area map

Crater Procurement Assistance Center, serving as a Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Defense Logistics Agency. Crater Procurement Assistance Center is sponsored by the Crater Planning District Commission.

Service area

Our coverage area consists of these counties and cities: Buckingham, Cumberland, Amelia, Prince Edward, Charlotte, Halifax, Pittsylvania, Danville, Martinsville, Henry, Franklin, Nottoway, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Chesterfield, Powhatan, Goochland, Hopewell, Colonial Heights, Prince George, Petersburg, Dinwiddie, Brunswick, Charles City, Surry, Sussex, Emporia and Greenville.

All personnel are PTAC employees.


June 30, 2022
  • PTAC

    SBSD - SWaM Certification Process
    June 30, 2022  10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    1 day from now for 2 hours
    Petersburg Public Library, 201 W Washington St, Petersburg, VA 23803, USA

July 13, 2022
  • PTAC

    PTAC One-on-One Counseling
    July 13, 2022
    2 weeks from now for 24 hours
    BizWorks Enterprise Center, 2545 Bellwood Rd, North Chesterfield, VA 23237, USA

  • PTAC

    BizWorks 1 on 1 Counseling Sessions
    July 13, 2022  9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    2 weeks from now for 6 hours
    BizWorks Enterprise Center, 2545 Bellwood Rd, North Chesterfield, VA 23237, USA

July 21, 2022
  • PTAC

    Preparing to Write your Proposal - State of Virginia
    July 21, 2022  10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    3 weeks from now for 2 hours

July 27, 2022
  • PTAC

    PTAC - Contracting 101 - Doing Business with the State of Virginia
    July 27, 2022  10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    4 weeks from now for 3 hours
    BizWorks Enterprise Center, 2545 Bellwood Rd, North Chesterfield, VA 23237, USA


Why Should My Business Get SWaMmed?

Why Should My Business Get SWaMmed?

The Virginia Department of Small Business & Supplier Diversity (SBSD) and Crater Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) are working together to offer this free business development workshop. The Commonwealth of Virginia spends Billions of dollars on goods...