• The SBA’s Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Map is changing July 1. Preview the new map here and contact your PTAC about questions related to future eligibility in this program. Also, check out these HUBzone workshops coming up May 17 for existing certified firms and July 20 for those interested in applying to access the $14 billion in HUBZone contracts each year.

  • Some federal contractors and subcontractors must certify annually they are in compliance with Affirmative Action Programs. Click here to learn more. The site features the jurisdictional thresholds and a link to a webinar about the new portal to complete the certification by July 29, 2023.

  • Washington PTAC is Hiring! PTAC’s SW Washington location at Columbia River Economic Development Council is hiring a full-time government contracting advisor: During the vacancy, firms in the region are still being served so don’t hesitate to reach out for assistance.

  • Department of Defense SBIR/STTR 23.2 Topic Release is Available now. The Small Business Innovation Research program provides R&D funding to innovators solving our world’s toughest challenges. To find topics and to download the BAA: Visit the DoD SBIR Website. To learn more about SBIR attend this class on May 19.

Participating agencies include

  1. Department of Army (Army)
  2. Department of Navy (Navy
  3. Defense Health Agency (DHA) 
  4. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)
  5. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)    
  6. Office of Secretary of Defense – Quantum Science (OSD – Quantum Science)  
  7. United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)

Contact Us

Contact a PTAC Counselor today for assistance with all your government contracting questions. Click on a counselor's name to email them or give them a call at the phone number listed.

Main Center

Thurston EDC

4220 6th Ave.

Lacey, WA 98503


Program Manager

Tiffany Scroggs


Kate Hoy

Trena Payton 

Maryam Lynch-Tate

Marnie Tyson

Lisa Lagerstrom

Grady Smith

Sub Centers

Economic Alliance

Snohomish County   

(425) 248-4223

Cara Buckingham

Greater Spokane Inc.

(509) 321-3646

Aleesha Roedel

Columbia River Economic Development Council

Green River College

(253) 520-6267

Darrell Sundell

Melinda Martirosian


Kitsap Economic Development Alliance

(360) 377-9499

Mary Jo Juarez

Leslie Miller

James Davis

Tri-City Regional

Chamber of Commerce

(509) 491-3231

Maria Alleman



SBIR 101: Presented by ARC WA

5/19/2023 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This presentation will introduce innovators to the basics of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. Plenty of time for Q&A!

PTAC can help assist with the proposal submitting process! Contact Kate Hoy, or your local PTAC representative. You must be registered with PTAC in order to utilize our no-cost services.

Bid Opportunities

Contracting opportunities - Find Federal, State and Local government Contracting Opportunities
Subcontracting Opportunities

Subcontracting opportunities - Find sub bid requests from prime contractors such as Pease & Sons, Kiewit, MidMountain Contractors, Granite Construction Company and more

Upcoming Events - Virtual unless otherwise noted

Keep scrolling to find upcoming events divided into four categories:

  • Focused Classes
  • Monthly Meetings
  • Tradeshows and Conferences
Upcoming Events - Focused Classes

PTAC: Prime Connect


8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

A structured matchmaking event for Primes and Subcontractors to connect on future projects.  

Steps Leading to a Federal Contract


2:00 PM - 4:30 PM     

The federal government's process to award a contract is like nothing you've experienced before.

There are multiple steps to complete, in order to compete and be awarded a federal contract.

You will learn:

·     Each required step to complete for a federal contract

·     Efficiency Tips and Tricks

·     How to get solicitations as soon as they are posted on

·     Two extra bonus topics regarding post award (debriefs & contractor performance evaluations)

Intensive SBIR/STTR Workshop with NIH Focus


12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

This free workshop will cover all aspects of constructing an SBIR/STTR grant proposal including SBIR/STTR basics, eligibility requirements, participating agencies, and other essential information about the process. The workshop is open to students as well as professionals working in industry.         

Government Contracting 101


12:00 PM - 1:00 PM   

Government Contracting 101 will help you discover tools and information that can help you determine who in state and local government buys what you sell, how they buy it, and how you can prepare your firm to succeed in the public marketplace.

HUBZone Map Changes and Impacts for your firm


9:00 AM - 10:00 AM  

Did you know the HUBZone map is undergoing a major revision on July 1st? Attendees of this session will hear from local HUBZone expert, Fernando Cervantes with the US Small Business Administration.

This session is designed for WA and ID HUBZone certified firms only. If you are not certified, you are encouraged to attend this event linked here or meet with your PTAC advisor one-on-one.

EPA SBIR Agency Introduction: presented by ARC WA


9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

SBIR/STTR Program provides seed money to small businesses who are developing new technologies that might be of interest to federal agencies. This training is for small businesses, resource partners or economic development organizations who would like to know more about the EPA SBIR program.   


Indirect Cost Rate Q&A


9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Do you have questions about Indirect Cost Rates in relation to Government Contracting?

Please join us to hear from a CPA specializing in indirect cost rate audit questions related to your business. The CAP will explain the basics of Indirect Costs Rates and then answer questions.   

Upcoming Events - Monthly Sessions

Contracting Coffee Hour, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM  


Got contracting questions? We have answers!

University of Washington Virtual Workshops for Suppliers, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

5/4/2023, 6/1/2023

The orientations will provide a learning opportunity to assist in navigating potential business prospects at the University and with other state agencies, as well as educational and other resources to assist businesses. 


PTAC & SBDC First Friday Follow-up, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

5/5/2023, 6/2/2023

Friday Follow-up is an open forum, round table for businesses to get answers from your local PTAC counselor and SBDC Advisor. Bring your questions regarding government contracting and learn from knowledgeable Small Business Experts. Our main focus is to share resources for growing your business.

Wednesday with the Deputy for Small Business, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM    

5/31/2023, 6/28/2023

Wednesday with the Deputy for Small Business is an opportunity for Industry partners to learn about doing business with the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division, Keyport.


Doing Business with the state – DES, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

5/18/2023, 6/15/2023

On the third Thursday of the month, the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services (DES) facilitates an interactive conversation with state procurement professionals who can provide information and insight on how to do business with the state.          

Upcoming Events - Tradeshows and Conferences

Meet the Agencies - Clallam


2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

7 Cedars Casino, 270756 Highway 101, Sequim, WA 98382

If you are contractor wanting to know more about public works Meet the Agencies was created for you.

The session format will allow for you to sit down with each agency to better understand how to do business with them.


Local government agencies will be ready to have conversations about the following questions:

·     Where to find upcoming opportunities and active solicitations?

·     What are the top three procurement methods used by the agency?

·     What kind of programs or resources are available for small and diverse businesses wanting to do business with your agency?

·     What are common mistakes contractors make when responding to bids?

·     How the agency uses rosters?

·     How to get assistance with required paperwork?

Invention-Con 2023

5/10/2023 = 5/12/2023         9:00 AM - 1:00 PM daily        

Virtual or in person (May 12 only)    

For inventors or tinkerers who want to learn how to learn how to patent their invention, connect to opportunities, or move their business forward.

Govology classes, live and on demand, are Free for Washington PTAC clients – contact your PTAC counselor for access. Click here for the list of Govology this month’s live classes. 


Recorded webinars available. 

PTAC provides technical assistance to help Washington businesses successfully compete in the government marketplace. A program of the Thurston Economic Development Council, in partnership with the following subcenters: