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David Burton
Civic Communications Specialist
2400 S. Scenic Ave.
Springfield, MO 65807

December 21, 2018

Free Counseling Service Available in Southwest
Missouri for Businesses Wanting to Sell to Government

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Center (MO PTAC) is funded by the Department of Defense through a cooperative grant from the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA).

"MO PTAC's main purpose is to help businesses perform in the area of government contracting at the federal, state, and local levels," said Allen Waldo, procurement counselor.

The Springfield office is part of the University of Missouri Extension's Business Development Program and is physically located with the MSU Small Business Technology and Business Development Center (SBTDC) in the Plaster Center for Free Enterprise Building (eFactory) on N Jefferson Avenue, Springfield

The program serves 17 counties in southwest Missouri. The larger counties served include Greene, Christian, Jasper, Taney, Newton, Polk, Webster, Laclede and Pulaski Counties.

According to Waldo, roughly one-half of the active clients (over 100 locally) for the Springfield office are located in Greene County or a county directly adjacent. These businesses include construction companies, IT companies, interior design firms, architectural firms, engineering firms, manufacturing companies, and various retail/service companies among others.

"A factor to consider when thinking about getting into the governmental marketplace is that governmental entities literally buy just about everything," said Waldo.

MO PTAC services include registrations to do business with both the federal government and the state of Missouri and assistance with obtaining socio economic certifications including minority owned, woman owned, veteran owned, and HUBZone. In addition, MO PTAC services can assist businesses in researching governmental opportunities and in marketing their products/services to the government.

Generally, MO PTAC can offer professional counseling in just about every area of government contracting. As they are taxpayer funded, all counseling services are at no cost to their clients.

This is a very important distinction as there are many commercial firms that will charge as an example over $600 to complete a System for Award Management (SAM) registration that MO PTAC can assist a client with at no cost in usually a hour or less time.

"Consider Missouri PTAC as your local professional resource ready to assist local businesses who are considering or currently selling to governmental entities," said Waldo.

Waldo can be contacted at the Robert Plaster Center for Free Enterprise at 417-837-2612.

Small businesses are assisted through MU Extension's business development specialists and regional Small Business & Technology Development Centers (SBTDC). For more information or assistance related to a current or future business, contact one of the three Small Business and Technology Development Centers in southwest Missouri: Missouri State University in Springfield at (417) 836-5685 or Missouri State University in West Plains at (417) 256-9724.

Source: Allen Waldo, (417) 837-2612

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