Lowey Highlights Free Service Helping Local Businesses Compete in the Government Contracting Marketplace
Local women- and minority-owned companies praise the Procurement Technical Assistance Center for helping expand and create jobs
Lowey fighting to increase investments that support small businesses in the Lower Hudson Valley
NYACK, NY – Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey (Westchester/Rockland), the Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, today highlighted the success of Rockland County Economic Development Corporation’s (REDC) Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), a free resource to small businesses seeking to compete in the government contracting marketplace, during a roundtable discussion with PTAC representatives and three local companies which have benefitted from the program.
“Small business is the lifeblood of our community,” said Lowey. “I’m pleased that PTAC assistance is enabling economic growth in the Lower Hudson Valley. As Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, I will continue fighting to protect federal investments that allow entrepreneurs to access government contracts, expand their business, and create local jobs.”
REDC’s PTAC program assists Westchester, Rockland, and Orange businesses seeking to expand through government procurement at the federal, state, and local level by providing access to and technical assistance with government contracts – at no cost to the business. Services include individual counseling, webinars, and workshops; assistance with registrations and certifications for minority-, woman-, veteran-, or service-disabled veteran-owned businesses; help with SBA certifications; a daily email digest of bid opportunities specific to a particular business; and help creating targeted marketing plans, bid preparation and submission assistance, and post award compliance. Last year, PTAC helped their clients support more than 1340 jobs.
The program is made possible by matching federal funding from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Logistics Agency. Congress increased funding for PTACs in FY2015 by 52 percent above the President’s request, bringing the total funding to over $35 million for the more than 300 local PTAC offices nationwide. Lowey will work to increase that amount for 2016.
“PTAC counselors across the country who are in the trenches helping businesses maneuver through the maze of government contracting understand the essential need for the PTAC program. Small companies, especially, lack the personnel and knowledge to do this on their own. We are grateful to Congresswoman Nita Lowey for her support – she gets it!” said Liz Kallen, REDC PTAC Program Manager.
Lowey convened the roundtable at Berry Industrial Group of Nyack, NY, a certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE), that has worked closely with PTAC for more than 15 years. The program helped the company save on research costs, and enabled participation in programs of which Berry was previously unaware.
“PTAC has been a dedicated partner in our growth as both a business and leader in our industry,” said Debra Berry, CEO of Berry Industrial Group. “They are a great tool for businesses to utilize their expertise in the journey through federal and state procurement, so that companies can focus their energies on their core business.”
PTAC helped Biofeedback Resources International Corporation (BRI) of Ossining, NY, a certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), develop sales and marketing strategies to position the company for growth. PTAC was able to help BRI maintain two staff positions with plans to add one to two new jobs within the next year.
“PTAC is a great solution for getting assistance with breaking into the vast area of doing business with the government as well as increasing your business in the private sector,” said Harry L. Campbell, President of Biofeedback Resources International. “They know what it takes to help you to make your business successful. Even better, all of their services are free. I have paid for similar programs and not received better service. As a small business with limited resources I have to say that working with PTAC just makes sense. When small businesses get the help they need they are able to keep the employees they have and create new jobs. PTAC is a big help for small business.”
PTAC has provided Arch Street Communications (ASC) of White Plains, NY, a certified WBE, Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB), and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), with the resources it needs to successfully compete for federal contracts in a highly competitive market. ASC has added six employees due to the federal contracts won with the help of PTAC.
“I applaud Congresswomen Lowey’s continued efforts to support services that level the playing field for small business,” said Nora Madonick, President and CEO of ASC. “PTAC has supported my business with mentorship that has resulted in our certification as a federal Women-Owned Small Business, a General Services Administration schedule, and work with the U.S. Department of Transportation and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, among others.”
Congresswoman Lowey is committed to improving the competitive position of small businesses through:
- Targeted relief of tax burdens and health care costs;
- Increasing access to affordable capital and technical assistance; and
- Protecting small businesses from unfair credit practices.