If you think the federal government is ominous and intimidating, you’re right. That is why the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) exists, to help you navigate your way through the government morass and land profitable, long-term contracts.

One way PTAC, which is housed in the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, educates businesses on the opportunities available to them is through the PTAC Symposium. The ninth annual PTAC Symposium is slated for October 23 and will teach companies how they can expand and increase their businesses by obtaining government contracts.

Participating in the PTAC Symposium has been compared to two years of marketing in one day. The PTAC Symposium will be held at the SouthTowne Expo Center in Sandy. More than 500 small business owners and representatives will participate in breakout seminars.

Registration and breakfast begin at 7:15 a.m. The symposium will be composed of two breakout training sessions and high-level keynote presentations by Governor Gary R. Herbert, Joshua Frank, Natalie Kaddas and Karen Gunn.

The symposium includes an important networking opportunity with its reverse tradeshow model, where 60 large companies and government agencies have booths, complete with contracting officers present who are available to discuss possible contracts and subcontracting opportunities for attendees.

The federal government purchases more than $500 billion a year in goods and services, while the state government purchases more than $1billion. PTAC helps Utah small businesses get as big a piece of the procurement pie as possible.

Throughout the year, PTAC conducts workshops, seminars, one-on-one counseling and joint counseling with other economic development partners, including SBA, SBDC, MEP, Micro Loan Fund and SCORE to name a few. Call your nearest PTAC representative to get assistance with your next or first government contract.

Go online today at business.utah.gov/ptac  to register for the PTAC Symposium or learn more about the program.