Arsenal of Democracy

By Paul H. Jennings, UT CIS Executive Director

TN PTAC Helps ARCS Aviation Win SBIR/STTR Contract Award

UT PTAC Client Wins Fourth Department of Defense SBIR Award

When Barjes Alotaibi retired from his second career as a Chief Pilot, he knew his contribution to the world was far from over. Alotaibi’s first career had been that of a mechanical engineer, and his next one would be as the founder of ARCS Aviation, a company developing ground-breaking eLearning modules, which specializes in training for the aviation industry.

West TN Manufacturers Conference

Tuesday, April 20, 2021  |  8:00 AM – 11:00 AM CDT 

Join us on April 20th for the no-cost, virtual West TN Manufacturers Conference. Connecting manufacturers with government contracting opportunities. Attend this event to understand how to take advantage of these opportunities, and hear from subject matter experts! This event is appropriate for companies new to government contracting and experienced contractors.

Event highlights:

PTAC Quarterly Overview

During the quarter between October 1 – December 31, 2020, the University of Tennessee Procurement Technical Assistance Center (TN PTAC) exceeded its goals for the Quarter in the Number of New Clients (84) and Participated Events 115). TN PTAC was only 2% below its counseling hour’s goal even with the onboarding of a new counselor in September. Each TN PTAC staff member received over 40 hours of professional development in government contracting, including at least 2-hours each of Cyber Security training during the month.

2021 TN Procurement Opportunities Conference

PTAC recently presented the 2021 TN Procurement Opportunities Conference to over 170 attendees. 

The NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and several of their prime contractors (Boeing, Dynetics, Jacobs, SAIC, and Teledyne Brown Engineering) presented upcoming opportunities and tips for doing business with them.

Other topics on the agenda were "Teaming for government contractors" and "Is the GSA Schedule right for your company".

Beyond Training: UT Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)

Through training, technical assistance and consulting, the UT CIS Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) assists businesses in competing successfully in federal, state and local government contracting.

We've curated the list below to give you a clearer picture of how you can win government contract awards with PTAC supporting you every step of the way. Our PTAC provides consultation and training on the following topics:

PTAC Consultant Named NBJ's 40 Under 40 Winners

UT CIS team member Veronica Clark has been named one of the Nashville Business Journal's 40 Under 40 winners for 2021.

As a Procurement Consultant at the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) of the University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services (UT CIS), Clark assists Tennessee businesses to compete successfully in federal, state and local government contracting.

PTAC Is Here For You 'Round the Clock

Sometimes there just aren't enough hours in the day. This is even more true for small businesses during COVID-19.

The PTAC team at UT CIS understands that procurement counseling during 9-5 hours is not always an option, which is they are providing additional training opportunities after work hours (6 PM - 8 PM).  Businesses who are working through COVID impacts can get information to help prepare them for procurement opportunities on a flexible schedule.

Jutta Bangs Joins PTAC Staff

UT CIS welcomes Jutta Bangs to the team as the East Tennessee PTAC Counselor. Bangs is originally from Germany and lives in Oak Ridge with her family. Her husband is an Air Force Veteran, and her son is a Senior in High School. 

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