Last chance to join us for Alliance Northwest 2023

March 16, 9 AM-4PM at Tacoma Convention Center

  • Over 100 exhibitors
  • Over 700 attendees
  • 13 educational sessions
  • In-person one-to-one meetings
  • Resources available through the year

The agenda and registration link can be found at this website.

Attendee $135, after 5pm 3/15 $150 can be purchased at the event.

AWMB Contractors' Day

3/30/2023 7:30 AM – 5 PM at Seattle Airport Marriott Hotel

Theme: Infrastructure Investment Act

Presenters & Panelists

  • US DOT Senior Officials
  • US Dept. of Commerce/MBDA
  • Small Business Administration
  • WA State Officials


Virtual unless otherwise noted 

*indicates new sessions

  • Tradeshows
  • Series Courses
  • Focused Classes
  • Innovation Station
  • Monthly Meetings

Meet the Buyers - Skagit County

3/23/2023 Mount Vernon, WA

A Virtual Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Matchmaking Event with GSA Prime Contractors


DoD Mentor Protégé Summit 2023

3/27-30/2023 Orlando, FL

USACE Walla Walla District Small Business Industry Day

3/29 Walla Walla, WA

AWMB Contractors' Day

3/30/2023 Seatac, WA

Bridging Partnerships

4/12/2023 Kennewick WA

Meet the Agencies - Whatcom/Skagit 4/19/2023 Bellingham WA

Meet the Agencies – Clallam

5/18/2023 Sequim WA


Washington PTAC, an APEX Accelerator, has created a 10 part virtual Public Works Contracting Series for contractors wanting to know how to perform on public works projects. The target audience are contractors ready to transition into public works. For contractors new to public works there will be a number of ah ha moments throughout the training series. You will learn from instructors with years of experience in the topics they are presenting. Their real life experiences lend to the curriculum and enhance the conversations.

Expect to receive resource tools to support the session’s main points. The 2-hour sessions start at 3:00-5:00 PM on Tuesdays. If you are interested in learning more about public works contracting get registered.

Bidding Sessions

Session 6 – Business Plan and Pursuit Schedule – April 4th

Session 7 – Spec and Schedule – April 11th

Session 8 – Pricing – April 18th

Session 9 – Bidding – April 25th

Session 10 – After Bid Submission Etiquette – May 2nd

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

(503) 694-9403

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





Doing Business with Kiewit - Workshop


10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Aberdeen Timberland Regional Library

121 E Market St, Aberdeen, WA 98520

Kiewit is looking to solicitate quotes on the upcoming Coastal 29 Fish Bundle Project in the following industry areas : FOM (Fully Operated & Maintained) Equipment, Permanent Material Suppliers, Small Tools & Supplies, and Subcontractors  


Boots to Business ReBoot


9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Carl Maxey Center 3114 5th Ave, Spokane, WA 99202         

Veterans have the character, discipline and skills needed to succeed as small business owners and entrepreneurs. Wondering what it takes and how you can prepare? Enroll in Boots to Business Reboot. 

Longshore & Harbor Worker's Compensation Act


3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Did you know the Longshore & Harbor Worker's Compensation Act applies to your business if you perform work around ""navigable"" waterways?

You will learn:

  • Details of the Longshore & Harbor Worker's Compensation Act
  • Why special insurance is needed for navigable waterways
  • Consequences of not having the appropriate insurance coverage
  • SBA contact information to confirm if your firm is subject to the Longshore & Harbor Worker's Compensation Act 
  • Where to find surety companies to purchase insurance policies

Networking Know How


9:00 AM - 12:00 PM   

Being well networked plays a key role in government contracting success. Find out what you need to know and do to put your best self forward.           

Why OMWBE Certification?


3:00 PM - 5:00 PM    

Bouten Construction Company 627 N Napa St, Spokane, WA 99202

Have you ever wondered what Bouten looks for in subcontractors? Or why it's important to get certified?


  • The advantages of becoming certified
  • Certification assistance resources
  • Qualification requirements
  • Directory and opportunities overview
  • Things to consider before bid
  • Q&A

Federal Contracting Lexicon


3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Understanding and speaking the correct contracting language is very important to avoid miscommunications and frustration.

In this class you will learn correct terms and their meaning, so conversations are more meaningful, shortened and unambiguous. Talk the lingo so both parties understand what you are saying. Build your contracting vocabulary.

8(a) Business Development Program - Are you 8(a) Ready?


9:00 AM - 11:00 AM  

You may be wondering, what are the benefits of 8(a) certification? By getting certified as an 8(a) small business, you may compete and receive set-aside and sole-source federal contracts, receive one-on-one business development assistance, connect with procurement and compliance experts who understand regulations, and much more. 


Government Contracting 101

4/13/2023      6:30 PM - 7:30 PM     

Western Star 202 SR-31, Metaline, WA 99152

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.


SBIR 101

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


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

Questions? You can reach out to Kate Hoy, if you have any questions or if would like to include relevant notices in this section


Contracting Coffee Hour

4/5/203,  8:00 AM - 10:00 AM    

Got contracting questions? We have answers!

University of Washington Virtual Workshops for Suppliers

4/6/2023 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. 

PTAC & SBDC First Friday Follow-up

4/7/2023 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 resources for growing your business.

Wednesday with the Deputy for Small Business

3/29/2023 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM         

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

4/20/2023 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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.      

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: