Created in 1983, the Muskegon Area First Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) has been facilitating community economic development and growth through a continually improving program of training and business services.
The Muskegon Area First PTAC, which serves as a Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), is funded in part through a cooperative agreement from the Department of Defense (DOD) through a program that is administered by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). The content of any written materials or verbal communications of the PTAC does not necessarily reflect the official views of or imply endorsement by DOD or DLA.
The PTAC is housed within the MUSKEGON AREA FIRST Organization, serving a thirteen-county region to provide government contracting technical assistance to regional businesses. Various other funding sources are combined to support the special needs of the business community and provide a single point of contact for companies seeking assistance.
Specific assistance and more is provided in the following areas:
- One-On-One Counseling
- Government Registration Assistance
- Bid Matching
- Procurement Histories
- Specifications, Standards and Drawings
- Subcontracting Assistance
- State of Michigan Contracting Assistance
- Seminars, Training Events and Workshops
- Forms and Publications
The Department of Defense Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) was established by congress in 1985 to assist private sector businesses in marketing goods and services to the Department of Defense (DOD). In 1991 the program was opened up to include all federal agencies. Later, in almost every state, Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) were created and funded by host states, universities, and economic development centers to provide more direct service to businesses.