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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.

Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)

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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:

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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 2, 2022
  • PTAC

    Contracting 101 The Basics of Federal Government Contracting
    June 2, 2022  9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    6 days from now for 3 hours
    2545 Bellwood Rd, Richmond, VA 23237, USA

  • PTAC

    One on One Contracting - BizWorks
    June 2, 2022  12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
    6 days from now for 1 hour

June 14, 2022
  • PTAC

    Longwood - Preparing to Write your Proposal
    June 14, 2022  10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    3 weeks from now for 2 hours

  • PTAC

    Longwood - One on One Counseling Sessions
    June 14, 2022  1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    3 weeks from now for 2 hours
    Longwood University

June 23, 2022
  • PTAC

    BizWorks One-on-One Counseling Sessions
    June 23, 2022  9:00 AM - June 24, 2022  4:00 PM
    4 weeks from now for 1 day
    BizWorks Enterprise Center, 2545 Bellwood Rd, North Chesterfield, VA 23237, USA

June 24, 2022
  • PTAC

    BizWorks One-on-One Counseling Sessions
    June 23, 2022  9:00 AM - June 24, 2022  4:00 PM
    4 weeks from now for 1 day
    BizWorks Enterprise Center, 2545 Bellwood Rd, North Chesterfield, VA 23237, USA




Crater PTAC proudly welcomes Paul Hawkins with ReavesColey PLLC for an IN-PERSON event at BizWorks in N. Chesterfield. Everything you need to know about Teaming Agreements & Subcontracting!! We will have time for questions at the end with Paul and this JUST IN:...

SBSD & Crater PTAC are together AGAIN!!! 5/24/22

SBSD & Crater PTAC are together AGAIN!!! 5/24/22

Are you ready to bid?  Join us for Preparing to Write your Proposal - State of Va. RFP and Quick Quotes on May 24, 2022 at 11:00 am. We will be at the Petersburg Library!! Lynne & Margaret will be available for One-on-One counseling afterward also!! Email us at...