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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.

Free

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.

Events

 

Announcements

In-Person 2/27/2024  Grow Your Sales Conference

In-Person 2/27/2024 Grow Your Sales Conference

This “Grow Your Sales” Conference is a unique and FREE opportunity for businesses that sell goods and services to connect with buyers that purchase goods and services. The morning will be devoted to education. Designed to help you better understand how to sell the...

In-person – 2/28/2024 Feeding the Virginia Army National Guard

In-person – 2/28/2024 Feeding the Virginia Army National Guard

The Virginia Army National Guard (VaARNG) has a requirement to feed soldiers while performing Inactive Duty Training (IDT) or Active Training (AT). Feed your mind with information about how to do business with the Virginia Army National Guard! Learn when, where and...

Virtual – 2/29/24 – Introduction to Project Spectrum

Virtual – 2/29/24 – Introduction to Project Spectrum

Crater APEX Accelerator is partnering up with our sister APEX Accelerator in Kentucky to present an intro to Project Spectrum. Join us as we share information about Project Spectrum, a cybersecurity initiative supported by the Department of Defense. Small businesses...