News Release
For Immediate Release

October 11, 2014

Michael Sullivan, GOED Communications Director

Fred Lange, PTAC Director

PTAC to Educate Businesses about Winning Government Contracts 
If you’re a business owner, you want to be familiar with PTAC

Salt Lake City, UTAH — 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  to register for the PTAC Symposium or learn more about the program.


About the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED)

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) charter is based on Governor Gary Herbert’s commitment to economic development statewide. Utah’s economic development vision is that Utah will lead the nation as the best performing economy and be recognized as a premier global business destination. The mandate for this office is to provide rich business resources for the creation, growth and recruitment of companies to Utah and to increase tourism and film production in the state. GOED accomplishes this mission through the administration of programs that are based around targeted industries or “economic clusters” that demonstrate the best potential for development. GOED utilizes state resources and private sector contracts to fulfill its mission.  For more information please contact:  Michael Sullivan, 801-538-8811