IgniteU NY Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)

We help businesses find and pursue government opportunities.

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What is a PTAC?

PTACs provide procurement technical assistance to help businesses sell their products or services to the appropriate government agency by offering confidential, one-on-one counseling at no-cost.

PTACs are part of the Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP), which was authorized by Congress in 1985. The PTAP is administered by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), part of the U.S. Department of Defense.

Why should businesses want government contracts?

The US government is the single largest purchaser of goods and services in the world. Every year, it awards more than $500 billion dollars in contracts across industries such as construction, motor vehicles, legal services, furniture, and office supplies.

PTACs can help businesses navigate the government contracting world, including federal, state, local, and military contracts.

Why does NYSTEC’s IgniteU NY program have a PTAC?

NYSTEC has been active in economic development since its inception. In 2015, the company made an additional commitment to support the growth of businesses and startups by creating IgniteU NY.

IgniteU NY is an independent program focused on developing entrepreneurs throughout New York State. Ignite U NY has the mission of empowering entrepreneurs to create new opportunities, solve new problems, and create value.

Aligning with that mission, the IgniteU NY PTAC was founded in October 2020 to continue to assist entrepreneurs and also help additional types of business owners in this region. The PTAC demonstrates NYSTEC’s longstanding commitment and successes in this area.

For businesses interested in learning more about the IgniteU NY PTAC, please visit https://igniteuny.com/ptac.

We serve 20 counties in the Mohawk Valley, Mid-Hudson, and Capital Regions.

  • Albany
  • Columbia
  • Delaware
  • Dutchess
  • Fulton
  • Greene
  • Herkimer
  • Montgomery
  • Oneida
  • Orange
  • Otsego
  • Putnam
  • Rensselaer
  • Saratoga
  • Schenectady
  • Schoharie
  • Sullivan
  • Ulster
  • Warren
  • Washington

If a business is based outside of our territory, we can help connect them to the PTAC representing their area.

What services does the IgniteU NY PTAC offer small businesses at no cost?

Our services include workshops, webinars, government-to-business (G2B) matchmakers, and one-on-one assistance to help businesses:

  • Assess their readiness for government contracts
  • Find subcontracting opportunities
  • Create a government capability statement and targeted marketing plan
  • Access free training and workshops on government contracting topics such as:
                 Navigating the $1.2 Trillion Infrastructure Bill
                 Doing Business with FEMA
                 How to Engage and Position During Government Prospect Meetings

Can IgniteU NY PTAC assist with registrations and certifications?

Yes, we help businesses with registrations and certifications at the local, state, and federal government levels. This includes registrations and certifications that will help businesses become eligible for defense contract opportunities.

Federal/military registration assistance includes:

  • SAM Unique Entity ID (UEI)
  • SAM
  • SBA Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS)
  • CMMC
  • GSA
  • ITAR

NYS registration assistance includes:

  • NYS Contract Reporter
  • NYS Contract System

We also help large prime companies with government contracting assistance.

Federal certification assistance includes:

  • Small Business Administration’s 8(a)
  • Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone)
  • Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) & Economically Disadvantaged WOSB (EDWOSB)
  • Veteran-Owned Small Business (VOSB) & Service-Disabled VOSB (SDVOSB)
  • of Transportation Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)
  • Self-certifications

NYS certification assistance includes:

  • Minority-owned Business Enterprise (MBE)
  • Women-owned Business Enterprise (WBE)
  • Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business (SDVOB)

How can small businesses contact the IgniteU NY PTAC for more information?

Our procurement counselors are ready to help. For more information, go to the IgniteU NY PTAC page.



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