Throughout the year, RI PTAC presents informative, relevant training workshops geared to all levels of industry from new clients just getting started in government contracting, to seasoned suppliers entering new facets of the government supply chain.


October 3rd – Doing Business with the US Coast Guard and the US Army Corps of Engineers

The USCG and the USACE are currently looking for construction, engineering, architectural, and environmental firms to complete projects throughout New England. This session will provide an overview of what each agency is currently looking for at this time.

November 3rd – Rhode Island State Purchasing

RI PTAC, in partnership with the RI Division of Purchases and the Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity, will host a session to provide information on State purchasing activities.

November 20th – GSA Schedules

GSA Schedules are used by the federal government to purchase a wide range of products and services. Learn the pros and cons of the GSA Schedule contract process and determine if it is right for your company. We will discuss each step of the GSA Schedule process including: surfing the GSA Website; finding the correct GSA Schedule solicitation; determining pricing options and correctly uploading documents.

December 12th  – Advanced Proposal Prep

Learn how to prepare a narrative response to a competitive Solicitation from a Government agency that includes multiple requirements such as: technical approach, management approach, personnel, past performance and price/cost. Recognize the interrelationship between pricing, proposal requirements and evaluation criteria. Learn how government officials evaluate best value solicitations. This workshop is intended for those with more than 3 years of government contracting experience.

January 18th  – Market Research

Determine whether you are better off as a prime contractor or subcontractor. How does the value of your product or service determine your sales strategy? How does your product define how you do business and compete for sales? Where is the best place to start and determine if there is opportunity for your business? Learn the answers to these questions at our workshop. This workshop is intended for those with less than 3 years of government contracting experience.

February 7th – Opportunities in Government Subcontracting

Find out how to identify large government contractors that need your product or service. How do they find your small business; how do you find them? Learn how to successfully compete and participate as a federal government subcontractor? During this session, we will define the role of the subcontractor relationship in government contracting and identify resources and strategies for marketing as a subcontractor.

February – Date TBD – Socio-Economic Programs/ Mentor Protégé Program

Learn about the various socio-economic programs including small business, small disadvantaged business, historically underutilized small business zones, woman owned small business, veteran and service disabled veteran owned small business and 8a. In addition, learn about the difference between SBA’s mentor protégé program and the 8a mentor protégé program.

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Location: Unless stated otherwise, training is held at The Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, 315 Iron Horse Way, Suite 101 (for GPS search 555 Valley Street) Providence, RI. 02908. Please check the location listed on the eCenter sign-up page for each event.

Time: Generally 2 hours beginning at 9:00 a.m. Training sessions may vary throughout the year and are subject to change. For further information, contact or call (401) 278-9199.

* Co-sponsorship Authorization 14-0165-33. SBA’s participation in these cosponsored activities is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any cosponsor or other person or entity.  All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.

The RI PTAC is a program sponsored by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) and the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation and offers assistance to businesses seeking to market goods and services to the federal, state, or local governments.  The content of any training offered by the RI PTAC is solely designed to give guidance and is not to be construed as legal advice, and does not necessarily reflect the official views of or imply endorsement by DLA.