Doing Business with the Federal Government

Procurement Technical Assistance Centers  are a nationwide network of dedicated government procurement professionals whose goal is to provide businesses with:

  • an understanding of the requirements of government contracting, and
  • the know-how to obtain and successfully perform federal, state and local government contracts.

At little or no cost, PTACs provide a wide range of assistance covering every phase of government contracting – from initial registrations through contract completion. 

The Crater Procurement Assistance Center serves businesses in the Tri-cities and Chesterfield County.  Their mission is to assist Small, Disadvantaged, Women Owned, and Disabled Veteran Owned businesses that want to increase their opportunities in the Federal, State, and Local Government marketplace. They also assist Prime Contractors source qualified small businesses to act as subcontractors for government contracts. The Crater Procurement Assistance Center is sponsored by the Defense Logistics Agency of the Department of Defense and the Crater Planning District Commission.

Their services and programs include:

  • Training classes on “Government Contracting”, “Contract Administration”, and the government’s electronic commerce initiatives.
  • Procurement Fairs that bring together small businesses with government buyers and buyers from prime contractors to tell you what they need, and how to do business with them.
  • Helping you identify which government buying activity needs what you sell. Assist you to understand the Federal Acquisition Regulations and it’s supplements.
  • Acting as ombudsman with government buying activities and prime contractors.
  • Providing computerized bid matching service that matches your goods/services with active government solicitations.
  • Counseling small businesses on the government acquisition process, including keeping you abreast of changing regulations, laws, and policies.
  • Acting as your resource for any question regarding government acquisition-we may not know the answer, but we know where to find it!

If you need information about the Center, please call (804) 861-1667.