Procurement Technical Assistance Center
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Welcome to the SOQ Workshop

Below are links to some of the resources you will need:

To begin: 

Please download the SOQ Template: Statement of Qualifications Template

 The links below may be helpful.

1.       System Award Managment (SAM) (formerly known as CCR and ORCA)
a.       To do any work with the federal government or to receive grants you must be registered on SAM.
b.      You can manage your SBA Small Dynamic Business Profile by logging into SAM.
a.       North American Industrial Classification System. 6-digit numbers given to describe the line of products and/or services a company can provide. These are used for the CCR database.
a. State Purchasing tab of the Texas CPA site. This tab can navigate you to the Historically Underutilized Business Program, Centralized Master Bidders List, HUB/CMBL Directories, Electronic State Business Daily (for government opportunities), HUB Coordinators Contact List, and the NIGP Commodity Codebook (National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, essentially the NAICS of the state government).\
4.       DUNS Number Look Up
5.       DUNS iUpdate
 Thank you for attending and please let us know if you need more information!

Statement of Qualifications Workshop

Dear SOQ Participant,

In order to make sure we give you the best SOQ possible, we are asking that you bring a USB drive that contains your logo, and a short statement about your business (this could be your mission or vision statement). 
We will have internet access and knowledgeable staff to help you with the following, should you not have them:
  • Contact Persons
  • Capabilities
  • NIGP:
  • NAICS Codes
  • GSA Schedule (if applicable):
  • ORCA Registered:(VALID UNTIL
  • CAGE Code:
  • DUNS Number:
  • Accept Government Purchase Cards: (Yes or N/A)
  • Federal Certifications:
  • Non-Federal Certifications:
  • Bonding Level:
  • Insurance Level:
  • Performance History:
  • Federal:
  • Non Federal:
  • Private:


The PTAC sponsors, promotes, and develops seminars on procurement. Trainings include but are not limited to:

  • Bonding 101
  • Estimating & Bidding
  • General Liabilty Insurance 101
  • Meet the Buyer
  • SAM: Using the new System Award Management protocols
  • Selling to Cities
  • Statement of Qualifications:  Hands on Workshop
  • HUB Zone/8(a)
  • WOSB/State HUB Certification Procedures

And we add more monthly!  Get on our mailing list, or request more information:  Request More Information

Woman Owned Small Business Seminar (WOSB)

Targeted for woman owned small businesses, this seminar will introduce you to the eligibility and application requirements the federal government uses to award set-aside contracts to qualified vendors. This program:

  • Levels the playing field for WOSBs to compete for and win federal contracts
  • Provides procuring agencies a tool to help meet their WOSB contracting goal (i.e., the Federal government must award 5% of its prime contracting dollars to WOSBs)
  • Ultimately, the program helps create and retain more jobs for WOSBs

Don't miss out on what PTAC can help your business achieve!

HUB Zone/8(a)

What is an 8(a) certification and do I need it to sell to the state and federal government? The federal government, state agencies and universities are constantly looking to work with businesses certified as HUBs. Everyday, millions of dollars in opportunities are being offered.

Learn the qualifications of each program and find out if it is right for your business, how it can benefit your sales and generate new business cash flow.

General Services Administration (GSA)

The U.S. General Service Administration is the centralized procurement agency for the federal government offering products, services and facilities that federal agencies need to serve the public. GSA offers businesses the opportunity to sell billions of dollars worth of products and services to federal agencies.

Seminar attendees will learn what GSA buys, how it buys and where to look for federal business opportunities. This seminar is especially recommended to those businesses that have applied or are in the process of applying for their 8(a) or HUB Empowerment Zone certification.

Meet the Buyer Expos

The UTPA Rio South Texas Regional PTAC offers a unique opportunity to link businesses with governmental agency decision makers. The capstone to our individual “Buyers Panels”, UTPA RSTR PTAC invites all buyers from local, state, and Federal agencies to provide information on their procurement processes and news on upcoming contracts. 

These fast paced one-day learning sessions allow area businesses to discover the multi-billion dollar procurement market and meet face-to-face with top level administrators. Meet-the-Buyer Expos occur only twice a year, so take advantage of this opportunity to self-market and expand your business!

Click here to see a video and learn more.

Proposal Prep 101

Businesses interested in government contracting are invited to a “Proposal Prep 101” workshop, a comprehensive seminar on how to develop winning proposals.

The workshop covers proposal and rule basics; how to build a good structure and foundation to a proposal; the increased value of using proposals; and how to avoid the pitfalls.Proposal Prep 101 features a panel of purchasing experts ready to share their knowledge on all aspects of effective proposal preparation and to answer questions from those in attendance.

Guest speakers include Eduardo Belmarez, Purchasing Agent with the City of Mission; Lorena Garcia, CPPB and Director of Purchasing with McAllen ISD; Maggie Rangel, Director of Procurement Management at The University of Texas-Pan American; and Alex Valdez, Director of Procurement Management at UTPA.

For a copy of selected information from the May 15, 2013 presentation, please click: Here.

These are only a partial listing of services UTPA RSTR PTAC offers!

Make sure you fill out our Information Request so that we can better serve your needs!


We also provide state of the art facilities, including
  • Business library and computer lab
  • Wireless Internet
  • Access to electronic business market research and databases
  • Free Confidential Counseling