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Be bold and cut through the red tape
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Be bold and cut through the red tape

by Doug Friedli, Senior Business Development Consultant

Have you thought about doing business with the government, but backed away in fear of red tape and rigorous requirements? Did you know that as a Northern Utah business, you have access to free help to break down any of these potential barriers?

One of Utah’s secrets to success with government requirements, whether they be city, state, or federal, is the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) sponsorship of the Defense Logistics Agency-administered Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) program. And don’t let the acronyms deter you!

The Utah PTAC is one of 98 such organizations across the country geared to help businesses in their local area to expand into the government marketplace. The support is tailored to local industry and needs. Resources are provided to specifically help small, medium, and in some cases, large businesses capture some of the government market share. The range of services to help your Ogden/Weber business is vast. Take a look at the sampling:

  • Identifying the right contracting opportunities
  • Developing proposal and pricing strategies
  • Understanding policies, regulations, and requirements systems
  • Networking with local and national agencies and large prime contractors
  • Forming teaming or subcontracting arrangements
  • Achieving successful program execution
  • Receiving government payment
  • Leveraging grants for your business that help to stimulate the economy
  • Trainings, webinars and workshops on procurement tools and systems 

The Utah GOED and PTAC have a vested interest in developing a strong economic ecosystem by aligning workforce, training, education, and technology with targeted industries. All of these services help to alleviate concerns about the complexity in working with the government. Be bold. Find out if government business is the right element to add to your business portfolio. Get started at: http://business.utah.gov/programs/ptac/.

Doug Friedli is a senior business development consultant with LSI, a locally based business and economic development firm. As manager of LSI’s economic development contract with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development Procurement Technical Assistance Center, Doug supervises the growth of many small- and medium-sized businesses. He also establishes business outreach events to promote contracting opportunities. Doug holds a bachelor of science degree in business and marketing from Weber State University and a master of arts in organizational management from University of Phoenix.

This blog originally appeared in the Ogden/Weber Chamber of Commerce Nubiz blog. To view this and other Nubiz blogs, click here.

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