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Since 1983, Alliance Northwest has been connecting small businesses to government agencies and prime contractors. It all started with just a few federal agencies seeking to combine their small business outreach efforts. Now, Alliance Northwest has grown into the premier government contracting training and outreach event in the Northwest!

The event attracts over 950 attendees including the who’s-who of federal contracting. Alliance NW is the premier government contracting event in the region, bringing together prime contractors, government agencies and small businesses for a full day of relationship building.

For those firms who are experienced government contractors, Alliance NW is the place to strengthen established relationships, explore other government contracting opportunities and teaming opportunities, and hear the marketplace’s latest news and trends from the expert workshop speakers. Click here for more information and to register to attend Alliance NW, March 9, 2017 at the Washington State Fair Sleep Train Showplex in Puyallup.

May Creek Bridge #559 Replacement Project

Owner:           Snohomish County Public Works


Bid Date:        Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Bid Time:       11:00 AM (all quotes required at least 3 hours prior to bid time)


Documents:   Builders Exchange of Washington


Trades:   Asphalt Paving

Crane Rental


Drilled Shafts




Flatwork/Minor Concrete

Guard Rail


Quality Control/Testing

Rebar Placement


Site Prep


Structural Concrete


Traffic Control


Contact:         Tyler Nostrant (425) 202-3646;

MWDBE:        MidMountain Contractors is an equal opportunity employer and encourage small, women, minority, veteran, disabled veteran, and disadvantaged businesses to submit proposals

Remove and Dispose of Cresote Pilings at Dawley Unit, WA-Dungeness NWR-

Remove and Dispose of Cresote Pilings at Dawley
Unit, WA-Dungeness NWR- This project is to remove
and dispose of creosote pilings, contour the
disturbed areas to reduce erosion, prepare the
disturbed soil s for planting, and seed all
disturbed areas with an approved native grass
seed mixture. This is a Small Business 8(a)
Set-Aside. This project will occur at the Dawley
Unit of DNWR below the Main Residence located
along Sequim Bay. FWS & Admin

POC: Lorenz
Sollmann (360-457-8451) COR: Bill Spoerer
Delivery: 09/30/2017
Delivery Location Code: 0008349249
FOB: Destination
Period of Performance: 06/01/2017 to 09/30/2017
00010 Creosote Removal-Dawley Unit

Please see complete solicitation below:

A04 SOW Creosote Piling Removal

B03 SCA Wage 1977-0209 Dated 12292015

B08 SolicitationpackageF17PS00145 (2)

Old Heat Renovations Phase II, Ellensburg

Project: CWU Old Heat Renovations Phase II
Owner: Central Washington University
Prime: Lydig Construction – Spokane

Bid Due Date: January 10, 2017 by 3:00 p.m.

Project Description:
This project consists of select abatement and demolition of the upper levels of the north steam side of the existing structure. It also includes structural seismic upgrades to the entire structure as well as other selective structural demo. Major MEP, IT and Fire Systems will be installed to a TI level which includes modifications to existing campus utilities. Final scope is new window systems and insulation for the South Annex. The project is targeting a Silver rating under the USGBC LEED for new construction system.

Click here to view details and the scope

PTAC in Lacey is hiring! Full Time Procurement Counselor Needed

Washington State is home to military installations and countless other government agencies including Joint Base Lewis McChord, Naval Base Kitsap, Fairchild Air Force Base, US National Park Service, the Veterans Administration, the General Service Administration, and state and local government to name a few. These agencies purchase a wide array of products and services each day, representing a significant opportunity for small businesses in our region. Navigating government contracting regulations and procedures can be a daunting task. The Procurement Technical Assistance Center Counselor helps businesses understand how to find, bid, win, and perform on government contracts so that they can diversify their customer base and create jobs. Last year, businesses that worked with PTAC won $592 million in government contracts!

Click here to see full job description

Beware of Scams Involving FEMA’s Response to Hurricane Matthew

Important message for any contractor who wants to contract with FEMA during Hurricane Matthew – from Georgia Tech’s Procurement Assistance Center:
“Hurricane Matthew is being used as a platform to circulate false information to government contractors and other vendors.
We want to make sure that you, as a [PTAC] client, are aware of this situation so no one takes advantage of you, especially at a time when so many people are vulnerable to the storm hitting Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.
Please be on alert to the possibility of phone calls and emails which encourage you to register in a database that will give your company “priority vendor” status by “emergency managers” (implied to ne FEMA officials) so that you can be given the “opportunity to help your community for disaster relief efforts and make profits at the same time.” The services offered in these solicitations carry a price tag ranging between $195 and $1,200 for a variety of services, including a “priority listing.”
Please be advised that FEMA does NOT have a “priority vendor” program.
FEMA does maintain a legitimate web site for vendors who wish to voluntarily provide supplemental information on the kinds of services they would like to furnish to FEMA, and there is no fee to use it. That web site is at:
FEMA states: “Submission of the vendor profile form does not place you on a preferred list of vendors to be considered for procurements. FEMA does not maintain such a list. The form is used to assist in secondary market research and is voluntary. FEMA does not charge any company a basic registration fee. There are companies that replicate services of Federal Government entities and there are typically fees associated with their services. Most Federal Government services, if not all, are free of charge. Always make it a practice to reach out to the appropriate Federal agency first to inquire about the validity of the service, specifically if a fee is associated with it.”
Please feel free to consult with any [PTAC] counselor whenever you are in doubt about the legitimacy of any government contract-related offer. In fact, we would appreciate it if you would share questionable solicitations with us.”
Washington PTAC wants to echo this message to all firms – if any Washington businesses have questions about this, please feel free to reach out. | 360-754-6320

SAM Announcement from GSA

Announcement from General Services Administration:

“Effective October 28, 2016, the System for Award Management (SAM) will no longer support Internet Explorer versions 7 & 8 (IE7 & IE8).

Microsoft announced in January 2016 only the most current version of Internet Explorer (IE) will receive technical support and security updates. We’ve communicated this security-driven change to our governance board and wanted to make sure word got to the APTAC, too.

Following our quarterly release on October 28th, we will block users from accessing SAM if they are coming in from an IE7 or IE8 browser. Users will either need to upgrade to a Internet Explorer version of IE9 or higher, or access SAM with another supported browser type (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc).

We will be posting the following two new FAQs to the Federal Service Desk in conjunction with the release. A very small number of SAM users actually access SAM with these older browsers. It is more likely the smaller organizations who don’t have an IT department to keep them up to date.”

Anatomy Lesson for Government Contractors

Your Washington PTAC team is laser focused on increasing the number of government contracts awarded to Washington firms.  Some firms haven’t discovered all the talent, knowledge, and skills their PTAC Counselor has; they continue navigating the government marketplace inefficiently and propose on government contracts without the support of a government contracting expert by their side.  In order to fully take advantage all of what your PTAC has to offer, we thought it prudent to explore the makeup of our 13 member team.

Introducing…. The Anatomy of a PTAC Counselor

Eagle Eyes – Those eyes are always scanning for government contracts and subcontracts that are a good fit for those firms they work with.

Mammoth Brain – While the size of the brain of your average PTAC Counselor still measures to an average three pounds, you can be sure it is filled to the top with the latest government contracting rules, regulations, and strategies for success.  This brain is constantly being fed more and more information that will help you be successful.  PTACs are smart.

Wide Shoulders – A shoulder to cry on when you don’t win.

Sensitive Nose – A nose that can sniff out the latest government contracting scam!

Ears that Listen – During a one-on-one counseling session, your PTAC will first listen to you.  He or she will learn about your firm, your challenges, and your goals.  Then, create a customized pathway for your success.

Firm Hands – Hands that shake other people’s hands to form partnerships with other service providers, government agencies, and prime contractors.  PTACs are collaborative and want to share successes.

Steady feet – Your Washington PTAC team is consistent and longstanding.  Providing exceptional, no-cost technical assistance since 1989, your PTAC looks forward to many more decades of service.

Connected Veins – These veins extend out to form a network of 500 other PTAC Counselors across the nation whose experience can be called upon to solve complex situations and challenges.  PTACs are also connected to an electronic bid matching system that will search 1500+ government websites for solicitations that match what you do.

Tenacious Spirit – Your PTAC does not sit idle while government opportunities pass their clients by.

Your PTAC team considers it a privilege to work with some of the most hard-working, innovative firms in Washington.  The team finds great satisfaction in helping local firms find, bid, and win government contracts and subcontracts.  Now that you understand a bit more about who we are and what we can do, please contact your local PTAC Counselor and schedule an appointment today!