Government Contracting – PTAC

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KEDA’s Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) is part of the Washington State PTAC. We provide FREE and confidential business assistance and support to regional businesses in marketing and selling to federal, state and local government agencies and prime contractors. Click here for the Washington PTAC Training Schedule.We also assist agencies, departments and primes in their efforts to comply with federal and state procurement diversity goals. Our service area covers 5 counties: Kitsap, Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson and Mason.

Mary Jo Juarez, Business Consultant

Mary Jo Juarez,
Business Consultant

Mary Jo Juarez has over 30 years’ experience in government contracting; most recently working as a Navy Deputy for Small Business, helping the Navy meeting their small business goals and educating small business firms in obtaining certifications, marketing, and opportunities with the federal government. Call 360-377-9499 to set up your FREE business consultation with Mary Jo.

PTACforWebsite2Click here to read Mary Jo’s latest column on government contracting:

Government Contracting – Tips from an Insider

Click here for more Selling to the Government columns.

Mona Carlson

Mona Carlson Government Contracting Specialist

KEDA’s monthly Coffee Hour offers help in complex world of government contracting

Contracting with the federal government is a vastly different, and generally more complex, experience than vendors and service providers generally encounter when contracting with private business organizations.  Ironically, the extensive regulations and policies that can make this process so cumbersome to small businesses were actually established to benefit, guide, and protect them. Click here to read Mona Carlson’s column for more information about KEDA’s Contracting Coffee Hour.

Upcoming Events and Training

(Visit the Washington PTAC site for a complete list of upcoming workshops and events.)

Contracting Coffee Hour – 1st Wednesday Outreach & Networking Event Date: 02/07/2018 Time: 7:30 am - 9:00 am

Drop in for Help with Your Government Contracting Questions!

First Wednesday of the month, 7:30 am 

Walk-ins are welcome but pre-registration is appreciated!

KEDA hosts a monthly Contracting Coffee Hour – an open forum for businesses with questions about contracting with the government, on the first Wednesday of each month. This is your opportunity to meet with  contracting experts, network with other contractors,  discuss common issues/problems, get your contracting questions answered, and identify support services available for contractors.

Retired Government Contracting Officers, Mona Carlson and Mary Jo Juarez will host the event and over the next few months bring in a variety of former government contracting subject matter experts, as well as Small Business Liaisons, and large business representatives who are looking for subcontracting opportunities, and offer support the contracting community.

Stop in and have a donut with Mona and Mary Jo and get your questions answered!. Click here for additional information.

Parking: on the end of the building between the Pacific NW Title Building and Kitsap Credit Union — there are several healthcare providers in the building and the front parking is reserved for them. Thank you for your flexibility!


Contracting Coffee Hour – 1st Wednesday Outreach & Networking Event Date: 03/07/2018 Time: 7:30 am - 9:00 am

Drop in for Help with Your Government Contracting Questions!

First Wednesday of the month, 7:30 am 

Walk-ins are welcome but pre-registration is appreciated!

KEDA hosts a monthly Contracting Coffee Hour – an open forum for businesses with questions about contracting with the government, on the first Wednesday of each month. This is your opportunity to meet with  contracting experts, network with other contractors,  discuss common issues/problems, get your contracting questions answered, and identify support services available for contractors.

Retired Government Contracting Officers, Mona Carlson and Mary Jo Juarez will host the event and over the next few months bring in a variety of former government contracting subject matter experts, as well as Small Business Liaisons, and large business representatives who are looking for subcontracting opportunities, and offer support the contracting community.

Stop in and have a donut with Mona and Mary Jo and get your questions answered!. Click here for additional information.

Parking: on the end of the building between the Pacific NW Title Building and Kitsap Credit Union — there are several healthcare providers in the building and the front parking is reserved for them. Thank you for your flexibility!


Alliance Northwest 2018 Date: 03/15/2018 Time: 7:30 am - 4:00 pm


Alliance Northwest 2018 – Early Bird Registration Ends Soon

March 15, 2018  | 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Puyallup, WA

Register Now!

What is Alliance Northwest?
Alliance Northwest is the largest business-to-government conference in the Pacific Northwest. This event features keynote speakers, high quality workshops, and matchmaking sessions with government agencies and prime contractors.

Who Should Attend?
• Businesses interested in selling to the government and prime contractors
• Prime contractors and government buyers seeking to outreach with small and diverse businesses.

Why Should I Attend?
Small Businesses
Meet the buyers: Alliance is the largest business-to-government event in the region where you can meet agency buyers and prime contractors that buy what you sell.  There is no better way to develop relationships with those in the marketplace than to participate fully in the event.  You’ll leave the event with a pocket full of business cards and valuable information on how to find, bid, and win government contracts.

Learn How to Succeed:  Alliance features high quality workshops not found anywhere else in the region. You’ll hear from government purchasing experts, prime contractors, and government representatives on what it takes to succeed in the competitive government marketplace.

Large, Prime Contractors or Government Agencies
Save Money and Time Conducting Outreach:  Alliance NW attracts hundreds of qualified small and diverse small businesses from throughout the region.  By participating in Alliance with a booth and/or match making session, you will save time and cost from attending multiple events to reach the same number of businesses.

Click here to see a list of exhibitors who have registered as of today.

Educate businesses on how your organization buys: Businesses come to Alliance seeking information on how to effectively find, bid, and win government contracts.  You can educate attendees on what your needs are and how businesses can best be prepared to sell their goods and services. Preparing contractors to bid will result in better solicitation responses and reduce risk on your organization.

Learn Latest Trends:  Keynote speakers at breakfast and lunch will offer information on the latest trends and opportunities in the marketplace.  Ensure your firm is up to speed on what’s new in this ever changing marketplace.

How Much Does it Cost?

• Early bird attendee registration is $85* Deadline is Jan 31.
(*State Certified Veteran Owned Businesses receive 50% off coupon!)
Early registrants also receive an opportunity to sign up for one-on-one meetings before everyone else!

• Regular registration is $115* until March 12, then $135 at the door.

Exhibitor Booth is $500 and includes two all access passes, $50 for each additional attendee

Sponsorship starts at $850 and include exhibitor booth.

• All attendees are able to attend high quality workshops, keynote presentation, tour the exhibit hall, enjoy breakfast and lunch, and sign up for match-making at no additional cost. Space in match-making is limited and is based on first-come, first-serve basis.

• If you would like to attend the Pre-Alliance Evening Reception on March 14 – tickets are $25 per person.

Click here for more information


Contracting Coffee Hour – 1st Wednesday Outreach & Networking Event Date: 04/04/2018 Time: 7:30 am - 9:00 am

Drop in for Help with Your Government Contracting Questions!

First Wednesday of the month, 7:30 am 

Walk-ins are welcome but pre-registration is appreciated!

KEDA hosts a monthly Contracting Coffee Hour – an open forum for businesses with questions about contracting with the government, on the first Wednesday of each month. This is your opportunity to meet with  contracting experts, network with other contractors,  discuss common issues/problems, get your contracting questions answered, and identify support services available for contractors.

Retired Government Contracting Officers, Mona Carlson and Mary Jo Juarez will host the event and over the next few months bring in a variety of former government contracting subject matter experts, as well as Small Business Liaisons, and large business representatives who are looking for subcontracting opportunities, and offer support the contracting community.

Stop in and have a donut with Mona and Mary Jo and get your questions answered!. Click here for additional information.

Parking: on the end of the building between the Pacific NW Title Building and Kitsap Credit Union — there are several healthcare providers in the building and the front parking is reserved for them. Thank you for your flexibility!


Contracting Coffee Hour – 1st Wednesday Outreach & Networking Event Date: 05/02/2018 Time: 7:30 am - 9:00 am

Drop in for Help with Your Government Contracting Questions!

First Wednesday of the month, 7:30 am 

Walk-ins are welcome but pre-registration is appreciated!

KEDA hosts a monthly Contracting Coffee Hour – an open forum for businesses with questions about contracting with the government, on the first Wednesday of each month. This is your opportunity to meet with  contracting experts, network with other contractors,  discuss common issues/problems, get your contracting questions answered, and identify support services available for contractors.

Retired Government Contracting Officers, Mona Carlson and Mary Jo Juarez will host the event and over the next few months bring in a variety of former government contracting subject matter experts, as well as Small Business Liaisons, and large business representatives who are looking for subcontracting opportunities, and offer support the contracting community.

Stop in and have a donut with Mona and Mary Jo and get your questions answered!. Click here for additional information.

Parking: on the end of the building between the Pacific NW Title Building and Kitsap Credit Union — there are several healthcare providers in the building and the front parking is reserved for them. Thank you for your flexibility!


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