Vigor Seeks Marine Oriented Firms for Washington State Ferries
Vigor is engaged in design and engineering for Washington State Ferries to allow future Olympic Class ferries to be built as hybrid-electric vessels. Vigor may subsequently build up to five Hybrid-Electric Olympic Class ferries over the next eight years. Read more.

Federal Government Shutdown Averted
In a 65-35 Senate vote, the government will stay open through a continuing resolution until midnight on December 3.

Manufacturers: Manufacturing Week 2021.
AWB is back on the bus bringing awareness to the role manufacturing plays in Washington State! Oct 1-8, join for in-person events held throughout the state.
Bid Opportunities
Washington State Department of Enterprise Services intends to post a solicitation for retro-reflective glass beads, all-weather reflect elements beads and drying agents. These Beads should meet AASHTO Standard Specification and are used in Traffic Paints for pavement marking. The solicitation is scheduled to post in October 2021 with an estimated value of $1.5 million.

Looking for more bid opportunities? Consider PTAC's electronic bid matching service that searches 1400+ websites and sends you a daily email of opportunities that match what you do. The service is offered at no cost to state-certified women/minority owned firms. 30 day free trial offered to all others. Like the service? It's just $165/year.
Upcoming Events
The trainings cover key project and professional skills that are essential to managing and growing your business. Participants will be introduced to procurement opportunities with the Port of Seattle while networking with peers and other public agencies. Classes are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Select as few or as many sessions as you wish.

10/1/2021   12:00 PM - 1:00 PM   
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 knowledge on growing your business.   

10/6/2021   8:00 AM - 10:00 AM   
Any and all government contracting questions are welcome! Answered by combined 60+ years’ experience from retired contracting officers.   

10/13/2021   8:00 AM - 10:00 AM   
We all know that following instructions and performing per the contract are required – how do you create that as a company culture and procedure?

10/13/2021   9:00 AM - 1:00 PM   
Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) & The Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises (OMWBE) will go over what OMWBE certifications are, whether your business qualifies, and how to apply for these certifications.   

10/14/2021   10:30 AM - 12:00 PM   
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.    

10/14/2021   8:00 AM - 10:00 AM   
Does the GSA application process and catalog preparation seem daunting? Walkthrough the process with a seasoned government contractor

10/15/2021   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.

10/20/2021   8:00 AM - 10:00 AM   
For those planning to work on government contracts around these waterways, you need this information to be contract compliant!   

10/20/2021   9:00 AM - 12:00 PM   
At this free event, specialty contractors meet in pre-scheduled face-to-face interviews with AGC general contractors to discuss capabilities, qualifications and upcoming project opportunities.  In-person event at AGC Building South Lake Union, 1200 Westlake Ave N 2nd Floor, Conference Center, Seattle, WA 98109, Seattle WA 98109

10/21/2021   10:00 AM - 12:00 PM   
Learn how to do business with King County as a Goods & Services Supplier.   

10/21/2021   9:00 AM - 10:00 AM   
The Federal government is a strong proponent of collaboration, and this can be advantageous to small businesses who want to work with them. Teaming is a great way for small businesses to build credibility and demonstrate proficiency to the government and other contractors. Learn more about Teaming and how to find teaming opportunities.

Dissecting an RFQ   
Day 1    10/21/2021   9:30 AM - 12:00 PM   
Day 2   10/22/2021   9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
If you are interested in learning how to Dissect a Request for Quote properly and have several hours to read through a sample RFQ prior to this workshop then please sign up by May 19th. This webinar workshop will provide information and tools on how to extract the important parts of an RFQ and create useful tools for future RFQ's and RFP's. Instructor Matthew Rhinehart, owner of MastPoint has 20+ years of experience with the federal government market and he's is ready to share his knowledge.

10/22/2021   10:00 AM - 11:00 AM   
This class is for small business owners who are brand new to government procurement. This class will lay the groundwork for you to decide if government contracting should be in your future

10/27&28/2021   8:30 AM - 11:45 AM (PST)   
This fifth annual seminar, co-hosted by PNDC, AGC of WA, Washington PTAC, and Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP, is designed to help navigate the rough seas of doing business with the federal government in the "new normal." Agenda features nationally recognized expert speakers on bid protests, claims, Covid-19 protocols, federal contracting changes under the new administration and more.

10/27/2021   9:00 AM - 10:30 AM   
Wednesday with the Deputy for Small Business is an opportunity for Industry partners to meet with the Deputy for Small Business from the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC), Keyport Division, and the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS/IMF). Learn more about the types of supplies and service contract opportunities, set-aside opportunities, and how to do business with NUWC Keyport and PSNS/IMF.

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 live classes in October.
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: