Local governments, school districts and tribal governments can use state term contracts to purchase supplies and services

I was reviewing minutes from the September 10 meeting of the Board of Madison County Commissioners and saw that they had approved the Cooperative Purchasing Memorandum of Understanding with the Montana Department of Administration. It reminded me that in Montana, local governments, school districts, tribal governments other “local procurement units” are permitted by law to … Read more

FedBizOpps.Gov is changing in November-watch the GSA video and learn more!

Last Thursday, the Integrated Award Environment hosted its quarterly Stakeholder Forum for a record number of participants.  Nearly 600 attendees joined to learn about the upcoming retirement of FBO.gov and the transition of federal opportunity listings into beta.SAM.gov. As highlighted during the program, once complete the FBO.gov transition will mark the third IAE system to … Read more

Interview with Brent Owens, SBA Procurement Center Representative for Montana, Wyoming & Utah

Listen to “SBA Area 5 | Brent Owens | Episode 16” on Spreaker. Summary: Brent Owens discusses trends in purchasing on Air Force bases, regional training for small business and contracting officers, the role of DSBS in market research and the SBA’s All Small Business Mentor-Protégé program. Guest Bio: Based at Hill Air Force Base in Utah, Brent Owens … Read more

Top Tips for Small Business Subcontracting

Your company may perform many commercial contracts that involve collaborating or subcontracting with another company. However, for your government contracts, the rules may be different. Once you enter the government marketplace, getting the job done may take some new strategies. What is subcontracting? When we hear the term “subcontract” or “subcontractor,” most of us think … Read more

Top Considerations and Proposal Writing Tips for a Federal RFP

Responding to a federal request for proposal (RFP) can be a time-consuming and difficult task, but being armed with some key information and tips can help you put together a succinct and responsive RFP. Federal RFPs are issued by an agency when the value of the contract is anticipated to be over the simplified acquisition … Read more

Register now for this free webinar about the upcoming decommissioning of FBO.gov

The following notice is from the GSA: Dear industry partners and stakeholders, FBO.gov is going to retire in November, 2019. Please register here for a virtual webinar about the upcoming decommissioning of FBO.gov.  The program will be held on Thursday, October 17 at 1:00 PM EDT.  You must pre-register to join the event. The Integrated … Read more

FedBizOps.gov (FBO.gov) is set to decommission on November 8, 2019

The following notice is from the GSA: As you might have heard by now, FedBizOps.gov (FBO.gov) is set to decommission on November 8, 2019.  The decommission of the system and the migration of federal opportunities into beta.SAM.gov will mark IAE’s third system decommission recently (joining CDFA.gov and WDOL.gov).  It’s all part of our ongoing effort … Read more

Today is National PTAC Day

National PTAC Day #PTACday

Today is National PTAC Day, a collective campaign to celebrate the contracting successes of small businesses that have benefited from training and technical assistance from their local Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs).

National PTAC Day unites the ninety-four PTACs and the 48,000 clients they serve by sharing, in real time, small business success stories and the significant economic impact that PTAC clients have created within their communities. This special day is being celebrated with social media campaigns, public relations initiatives, online trainings, in-person events and more. Go to https://www.aptac-us.org/ptacday/ to learn more.

If you’d be willing to share how the Montana PTAC has helped your business, please do so on your favorite social media platform(s), using the hashtag #PTACDay. Thanks for your support.