PTAC Focus!: Small Business Pod Cast with Sherry Savage

Written by: Mr. Ken Carkhuff

Small Business Pod Cast with Sherry Savage

Take a break and listen to the All Things Small Business podcast series. For episode 10, we visit with Ms. Sherry Savage, Program Manager for the Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) at the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). Sherry talks about how the PTAP program is a force multiplier for the Department of Defense (DoD) Acquisition Workforce. The two goals of the PTAP program are to expand the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) and to grow businesses. The DLA receives funding from the annual National Defense Authorization Act and then negotiates cooperative agreements with non-profits, Indian Tribes and State governments to operate Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) in every state. The PTACs are staffed with government contracting experts that help both small and large businesses learn about federal contracting. They also help them become more competitive for government contracts.

Sherry offered several examples of good news stories where the DoD received a great return on their investment in the PTACs. One example is how the PTACs taught several commercial suppliers how to do business with the federal government so they could then sell Personal Protective Equipment to the federal government during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Sherry also provided some PTAC statistics for Fiscal Year 2020:

  • 55,000 businesses served by PTACs
  • 6,000 events hosted by PTACs
  • 170,000 hours of counseling provided by PTACs

Lastly, she highlighted the on-line training course at DAU, CON 0690 PTAC Awareness for Government Employees. Sherry has a real passion for educating small businesses about how to do business with the Department of Defense and for helping to increase the number of small businesses within the DIB.

You can enroll in the DAU CON 0690 PTAC Awareness for Government Employees course at https://icatalog.dau.edu/onlinecatalog/courses.aspx?crs_id=12349

You can listen to episode 10 at https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/all-things-small-business/id1523710805 or by subscribing to the All Things Small Business podcast series via the Apple store.

The All Things Small Business podcast series can also be found on the DAU Industry Support page at https://www.dau.edu/industry-support/p/doing-business-with-the-department-of-defense

Just scroll down to the podcast section, click on the red “Listen Now” button, and select the podcast of your choice.

Feel free to reach out to kenneth.carkhuff@dau.edu or SmallBusinessPodcast@dau.edu if you want to participate as a future guest.

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