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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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New process simplifies professional services State contracts

“The new process ensures talent from the rapidly evolving professional services market is available for use: Lists are refreshed regularly, so purchasers can choose from viable, up-to-date talent pools instead of static lists. Rather than going through a lengthy and complicated solicitation process, vendors can be placed on a prequalified list to provide Lean consulting services by completing a simple program agreement.”

[Read More on the Department of Enterprise Services blog]

SBA seeks comments on WOSB certification process

By Chuck Schadl, on Georgia Tech PTAC’s Blog

The Small Business Administration (SBA) released an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) on Friday, December 18, 2015, which would change the certification process for the Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) Program.  Public comments on SBA’s new rules are due not later than February 16, 2016.


In the 2015 version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Congress directed the SBA to end self-certification for WOSBs and EDWOSBs and take on a formal certification process.  Section 825 of the 2015 NDAA specifically authorizes certification by a federal agency, a State government, SBA, or a national certifying entity approved by SBA.  In the ANPR, the SBA is seeking comments on how to best implement this Congressional directive.  In essence, the SBA is requesting the public to suggest the most appropriate way to structure the WOSB/EDWOSB certification process before SBA engages in a formal rulemaking process. Read more