Welcome to Q&A with CommerceRI, information that CommerceRI sends us monthly to share with our members. The goal is to answer questions about programs, services or resources that exist for your business. The Q&A will also address concerns you may have regarding the process of “doing business in RI” and inform you of any news you may find useful.
Q. How do RI businesses find relevant bid opportunities in the public sector in an efficient manner and in time to respond?
A. All federal agencies, state governments, and many local municipal governments post bid opportunities electronically. There are hundreds of postings that list announcements of solicitations, awards, sources sought, requests for information, and other opportunities and regulatory and event notices on a daily basis.
RI PTAC provides a BidMatch Program that is so much more than a bundle of software codes. It’s an entire service and dedicated bid match team devoted to helping PTACs find, filter, and deliver bid opportunities to your desktop. Working with a PTAC counselor, you can design a search profile specific to the needs of your business and modify it to keep up with the changes in your market. The BidMatch Program works to ensure that you receive only those bid opportunities suitable for your business, and your PTAC counselor plays a very active role in writing search profiles, including keywords, phrases, and product codes (e.g. PSCs, FSCs, NSNs, SICs NAICS) that best describe your business.
Q. Are there any services are available to assist businesses interested in becoming certified to bid on municipal, state or government contracts?
A. The Rhode Island Procurement and Technical Assistance Program (RI PTAC) provides a variety of contracting technical assistance services to Rhode Island based businesses of all sizes to help them to navigate the complexities of contracting with federal agencies, state purchasing departments, and local government municipalities
Q. How does the PTAC assistance program work?
A. Each new client will meet with an assigned counselor for an Initial Counseling Session which will include an explanation of the program’s services, a determination of your company’s readiness for government contracting, and a plan to design a government market strategy. You will be able to meet individually with your counselor as often as you need either face-to-face, by phone or email. RI PTAC counselors are experienced in government contracting and receive ongoing training enabling them to be on the cutting edge of ever-evolving government acquisition policies and procedures.
Q. What type of assistance can I expect from working with a PTAC Counselor?
A. From pre-solicitation preparation, bid submittal, to award and contract performance, RI PTAC is here to assist you in with:
Also, throughout the year RI PTAC presents informative, relevant training workshops geared to all levels of industry from new clients just getting started in government contracting, to seasoned suppliers entering new facets of the government supply chain.
Q. How do I get in touch with a PTAC counselor to learn more?
A. For more information, please visit riptac.org.
315 Iron Horse Way, Suite 101, Providence, RI 02908
(P) 401-278-9100 (F) 401-273-8270
Small Business Assistance Program (SBAP) Information Session
Please RSVP to our next meeting on Thursday, November 9th at Foodworks Providence, RI https://www.eventbrite.com/e/commerce-ri-info-session-for-small-business-assistance-program-tickets-38669601820
Tours of this new facility will be available after the panel session
Have a question you would like answered? Email Liz Tanner at firstname.lastname@example.org.