MDPTAC FAQ

FAQ

  • Where do I start?

    • Start by watching our introductory webinar below. This will give you ​an overview of what it takes to become a successful government contractor.

  • Am I ready for government contracting? *

    • The Maryland PTAC considers an entity to be ready for government contracting  when it meets the following criteria:

      1) Has been in business for at least 1 year
      2) Has a current Maryland business registration
      3) If your business is located outside of the state of Maryland, click
      here to find your local PTAC.
      4) Has a product or service to sell to the government
      5) Business is in good standing

       

  • My business has been established for at least 1 year. How can you help me?​

    • Support with bid package preparation.

    • Pre/post-award contract assistance.

    • Aid with electronic commerce/electronic data interchange.

    • Guidance for small minority, women-owned, and disabled veteran certifications.

    • Referrals to other programs or activities to support businesses when appropriate.

    • Other government contracting resources as needed.


* If you meet the criteria above, register to become a client here. Please allow 15 business days for your application to be processed.


 

  • My business is less than a year old. Can you help me?

    • Due to limited resources, we are restricted in the services we can provide to start-up companies. We offer a broad variety of training via workshops and webinars. We also offer a comprehensive resource page for new businesses to self-direct their learning.  If you need help with getting your business set up or want advice on a business plan, you may contact your local SBDC or SCORE counselor for help. 

       

  • How can I meet with my counselor?​
    All counseling has been moved online, for the time being​, so you can e-mail your counselor to set up an appointment. Find your counselor's contact information
    here


     

  • How can I participate in upcoming training events?

    • We are offering free webinars to help you continue your education. Register for a class on our training calendar.​

       

  • Does the PTAC charge for its services?

    • We do not charge for counseling sessions. We are funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Defense Logistics Agency. There may be a fee for some classes to cover our costs.

  •  What are some of the steps for applying for and securing a contract?

    • Get a DUNS number 

    • Find your NAICS codes and Product Service Codes

    • Register with the System for Award Management (SAM)

    • Work with a PTAC counselor

    • Pursue opportunities

    • Search bids or sign up for the PTAC bid match service here

    • Seek sub-contracting or partnering opportunities

    • Build relationships

    • Attend training workshops and networking opportunities​

  • Who does the Federal government buy from?

    • The federal government purchases from businesses of all sizes, located throughout the country, for all types of services. Look for opportunities that you are interested in and see what company was awarded the last contract and the terms – you can search www.usaspending.gov or www.fbosam.gov for recent awards.

       

  • What is a Request for Proposal (RFP)?

    • ​The government Request for Proposal, or RFP, is a process for bidding on government projects. Once a government agency releases an RFP bidders can submit a proposal and attempt to win the work contract. The RFP government bids process is a precise proposal application that is highly regulated.

       

  • What is the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and what is a ‘Schedule’?

    • The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) purchases goods and services of all
      kinds, many of them being commercial or general purpose in nature. The GSA helps other federal and even state and local agencies obtain merchandise and services at volume discount pricing. In terms of the dollar amount of purchases by federal agencies, the GSA is the third largest buyer. GSA Schedule (also referred to as Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) and Federal Supply Schedule ) is a long-term governmentwide contract with commercial firms providing federal, state, and local government buyers access to more than 11 million commercial supplies (products) and services at volume discount pricing.


       

  • Why is the small business designation important?

    • According to federal laws and regulations, small businesses in general and small businesses in certain socio-economic categories are given special consideration in order to help them compete in the marketplace. You can start by following the steps at the following U.S. Small Business
      Administration (SBA) page to find out whether your business is small: 
      http://www.sba.gov/tools/size-standards-tool?ms=fp

       

  • How can I learn more?

    • Start your education by watching our on-demand webinars HERE.