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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How much do your services cost?

The majority of our services are provided at no cost to our client, however, a nominal fee may be charged for special services and luncheons.
Luncheons usually range around
$15.  Our procurement bid match service is $100/annually after a 2 week free trial period; for manufacturing clients:  Procurement Histories $100/annual fee; military specification service $100/annual fee.

How soon can I come in for counseling?

New clients must complete and submit the online NW LA PTAC New Client Application.  You will then be contacted by a NW LA PTAC consultant to set up an initial appointment.

If I become a NW LA PTAC client, am I guaranteed that my business will receive government contracts?

No. Our services will help you complete registrations, improve your bids, and locate opportunities, but we cannot guarantee your business will receive contracts. We are a resource for education, inspiration, and collaboration as you work to gain government contract business.

Does NW LA PTAC create or write proposals for clients?

No. NW LA PTAC will work with you as you create your proposal and will review your bid for accuracy and search for areas of improvement but we do not create or write your proposals.

Does the NW LA PTAC award government contracts?

No. NW LA PTAC is not a purchasing agency.  We do not award government contracts, nor do we have influence with the decision-making process. We assist companies with developing their program to do business with the government, developing bids, and locating opportunities.

My company is struggling financially, is government contracting a good way to fix this?

Working for the government requires dedication of resources to ensure compliance. Additionally, government agencies may consider your ability to perform work when bidding on projects. The government does not pay for contracts in advance, so companies will require the necessary cash flow to finance ongoing projects.

How do I gain experience with the government, if I can't win bids for government contracts because of a lack of experience with them?

There are several ways to gain experience with the government.

1.    Subcontracting to a prime contractor; this establishes a work-history, which may be used for future prime contracts.

2.    Bidding on small contracts, which may not require history with the government.

3.    Credit-card selling of small items to the government.

What type of effort does it require to do business with the government?

Government contracting can involve significant commitment and may distract your business from other important opportunities. A good analogy is to compare your business dealings with the government as you would any other potential revenue stream. You have to make sure you have the time and resources to commit.  You will be required to contribute a modest amount of effort to the initial paperwork and registration, reviewing opportunities, and creation of bids. Also it may be necessary to have access to loans and financial resources so a good credit history is important. When successful, the benefits of participating frequently make the effort worthwhile, with long-term contracts and payment guarantees as results.

Does the NW LA PTAC certify companies as Small Disadvantaged Business, HUBZone, 8(a) and other federal certifications?

No. The Small Business Administration - a separate entity - is responsible for the federal certification of businesses. We work closely with the SBA in many areas and can assist you in filling out the appropriate paperwork.

Can the NW LA PTAC assist me with State and Local opportunities?

Yes.   The NW LA PTAC staff work closely with the State and Local purchasing agents.  We can assist you with vendor database registration and certifications.

Why am I required to report my awarded contract dollars?

The NW LA PTAC’s funding comes in part from the Dept of Defense.  In order to continue to receive funding, we need to show the Department of Defense that we are working hard and have results; that you are receiving contracts. Your award information is kept confidential.  The NW LA PTAC consolidates the awards reported by clients and reports only that total number.

Must I be a member of the Chamber of Commerce to receive PTAC services?  No.  PTAC services are free of charge whether you are a Chamber member or not.

 The Northwest Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center is a joint initiative of the Defense Logistics Agency and the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce.
It is not a requirement to be a Chamber member to receive PTAC services. 
All counseling services are FREE OF CHARGE.