Small Business Innovation Research funding is for innovators who are the cutting edge of their field. If you have the ability to provide solutions to complicated challenges faced by the federal government, this non-diluted funding may be a fit for you!
Current solicitations include the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy, with the USDA due to post anytime. Other agencies with open topics are the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.
Want to know more? Contact Kate Hoy, or visit for links and notices.

Training for Established Businesses:
Washington State Dept of Commerce is offering ScaleUp Business Training to established Washington Businesses. Click here to learn more about this training to help you increase your firm’s capacity and build a more profitable business. The next cohorts start September 8 & 9.

Manufacturers:  The annual AMCON Advanced Design and Manufacturing Expo is coming back to Tacoma Convention Center September 14 & 15. Be sure to stop by and say hello to PTAC in booth #415!

The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced its 2021 National Small Business Week (#NSBW) Virtual Summit for Sept. 13-15, 2021.

SDVOSB/VOSB Program Update from our local PDX SBA office: regarding SBA taking over the SDVOSB/VOSB program

The Washington State Department of Transportation is implementing a new Small & Veteran’s Enforceable Goals program intended to increase Minority and Women’s Business Enterprise participation on construction projects. In order to be considered, your business must be registered with Washington's Electronic Business Solution (WEBS) as one of the following: Small Business Enterprise and/or Veteran Owned Business. OMWBE certification alone will not grant you access to this program. However, you can display your OMWBE certification badge in WEBS for greater visibility. To register, visit the WEBS Portal and click 'Register Now' to get started. If you have questions on the Small & Veteran’s Business Enforceable Goals Program, contact the WSDOT Office of Equal Opportunity at 360-705-7090
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Upcoming Events
PTAC & SBDC First Friday Follow-up 9/3/2021   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.

Doing Business with DLA: DLA-TKO 9/8/2021   11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Office of Small Business Programs offers monthly webinars to educate small businesses and others about DLA's mission and opportunities to participate in our various supply chains.

21st Annual AmCon Advanced Design & Manufacturing Expo 9/14/2021   9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Meet face-to-face with some of the finest job shops and contract manufacturers from throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Government Contracting 101 9/15/2021   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.

SE PTAC/SBDC Business Roundtable 9/16/2021   9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
The SE WA PTAC/SBDC Business Roundtable is an open forum discussion where you can learn from PTAC about government contracting, and SBDC Business Advisors about growing your business. PTAC Counsel can help you decide if you're ready for government contracting opportunities. Paul Bowen with the SBDC will be available to answer your questions about growing your business.

2021 Regional Contracting Forum 9/22/2021   8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
18th annual “reverse trade show” where government organizations and prime contractors are exhibitors. Disadvantaged, minority, small, veteran, and women-owned businesses are encouraged to attend. Virtual event.

Laying the Groundwork: Basics of Govt Contracting 9/24/2021   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 ground work for you to decide if government contracting should be in your future.

Teaming Concepts and Strategies 9/24/2021   9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
If you are interested in learning more about Teaming Strategies in the government marketplace this interactive workshop is for you. Understanding how to properly team with Primes is a critical step in government contracting. Instructor Matthew Rhinehart, owner of MastPoint has 20+ years of experience with the federal government market is ready to share his knowledge and provide informational tools.

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.

The seven-week training will cover key project and professional skills that are essential to managing and growing your business. Participants will be introduced to procurement opportunities with Port of Seattle while networking with peers and other public agencies. Select as few or as many sessions as you wish.

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: