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Doing Business with the Port of Tacoma & Local Agencies


by: Dale Colbert, Washington PTAC Government Contracting Specialist

Have you given any thought to the opportunities that might be available for you with local government? Perhaps not. Emerging businesses are often so focused on federal contracts that they really haven’t given local work much thought. Well, it might be time to reconsider. The Port of Tacoma, right here in the Puget Sound region is a perfect opportunity to explore.

Who is the Port of Tacoma?

The Port of Tacoma was created in 1918 by Pierce County voters. It stands on it’s own as a separate entity from the Pierce County or the City of Tacoma.

The Port’s Mission statement” “To deliver prosperity by connecting customers, cargo, and community with the world ”, is well realized … we are fortunate to have an active Port that provides local business with such a robust portal to markets and products.

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There are eight locations across Washington State assisting small businesses with marketing to the government, solicitations, drawings, and other areas relating to selling to the government.

Nationally, there are over 90 PTACs with over 400 counselors. This nationwide network of dedicated procurement professionals works to ensure businesses can find, bid and win state, federal and local government contracts. To identify PTACs in other states, please visit: