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How Utah small businesses have tapped into half-a-trillion dollars
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How Utah small businesses have tapped into half-a-trillion dollars

by Doug Friedli, Senior Business Development Consultant

As the calendar year comes to a close and we reflect on setbacks, successes and what’s ahead, I think we can all agree that we are fortunate to be associated with the Northern Utah business community. Unemployment is low and construction permitting is up, along with gross taxable sales. And as competitive as the marketplace can be, there is much opportunity—to the tune of half-a-trillion dollars for the hundreds of Utah small businesses that have invested in pursuing government contracts with Utah PTAC support.

The Utah Procurement Technical Assistance Center receives part of its funding through a cooperative agreement with the Defense Logistics Agency and the state of Utah. Its mission is to help small businesses find, bid and win procurement opportunities with federal, state, and local government entities. 

The Utah PTAC hosts or co-hosts events throughout the year that are designed to help small businesses be more successful. The recent 2017 PTAC annual symposium, “Business Soaring,” provided informative sessions and networking access to close to 350 participants. Twelve different large businesses and government agencies previewed upcoming procurement opportunities. Business match-making sessions provided one-on-one access to 55 booth sponsors to discuss new opportunities first-hand.

The final event of the year is the 2017 Federal Contracting Year-End Review (webinar) presented by Govology. They are an online support community for small businesses pursuing contracting opportunities. Government contracts attorney, Steven Koprince, will cover some of the most important legal developments of 2017 and discuss what to expect in the coming year. The $75 webinar fee is waived for PTAC clients, and Utah PTAC services are free to Utah small businesses. The webinar takes place December 14, so you’ll need to act soon if you’re interested.

To learn more about what the Utah PTAC can do for your business, visit them online and schedule a consultation.

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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