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Program Eligibility 

The Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) is a nationwide program to provide education and guidance to individuals who have transacted business with a record of sales and are ready to increase their revenue by competing for government contracts with federal, state, and local government.

We can assist you with:

  • Vendor registrations
  • Government certification programs
  • Locating opportunities
  • How to read a solicitation and submit a compliant offer
  • and more.

We do have program-eligibility requirements and if you meet them, we encourage you to submit an application for our service.

  1. Must have formed your Sole Proprietorship, LLC, Corporation, or Partnership.  Cannot be thinking of starting a business.
  2. Located in our 32-county service area
  3. Visit this website to see our county service area: https://www.uhptac.sbdcnetwork.net/ptac/Service_Area.asp

  4. Have the potential to succeed.  Currently defined as someone who has goods and services purchased by government and already has at least $10,000 in sales.  We will accept applications from individuals with no sales that pursuing opportunities under the SBIR/STTR Program (www.sbir.gov).  The Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs are competitive programs that encourage domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) with the potential for commercialization.

If you do not meet our program eligibility, I recommend you contact the Small Business Development Center.  SBDC advising is no cost to you and they provide assistance to startup companies.  They can assist you with getting the right things in place to get your company moving in the right direction toward earning commercial business.  They have 14 locations responsible for providing small business assistance to 32 counties throughout Southeast Texas.

The SBDC advising staff can assist you in various stages of the business life cycle: pre-venture or early stage, startup, expansion, growth, and exit.

https://www.sbdc.uh.edu/sbdc/Locations.asp (To find the SBDC nearest you.)

If you want to learn about all the SBDC services visit www.sbdc.uh.edu.

Finally, the SBDC also has on-demand webinars in a variety of subjects.  I recommend you visit the website below to view their list of webinars.

https://www.sbdc.uh.edu/sbdc/webinars.asp

There are also other SBA no-cost programs in the Houston area that can assist you in variety of ways with your business.

  • Women’s Business Center (WBC):

The WBC is currently operated as part of the Women’s Business Enterprise Alliance (WBEA) program in Houston.  WBEA requires a pay membership and WBC does not.  Recognizing that many women-owned businesses were in the start-up phase, WBEA secured a grant to serve entrepreneurs and small business start-ups with training, mentoring and consulting.  The WBC provides a gateway to certification for small businesses.  This affords small businesses an opportunity to gain full knowledge on the benefits of certifications, contracting, engagement in WBEA and how to develop relationships with supplier diversity representatives.  Although they are the WBC, they do accept applications from men.

http://www.wbea-texas.org/womens-business-center

  • Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC):

Currently there is not a VBOC in Houston.  The VBOC assisting Houston-area veterans is the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.  VBOCs are designed to help create, retain and develop businesses and to contribute to the success of entrepreneurs who are members of the U.S. military community including Veterans, Service-Disabled Veterans, Reservists, National Guard members and Active-duty service members preparing to transition from military service to business ownership.

https://www.utrgv.edu/vboc/

  • SCORE:

SCORE is also a SBA Program.  The help small business succeed through education and mentorships.  They consists of industry experts who provide mentorship, education, and guidance.

https://houston.score.org

I would also like to make you aware of Combined Arms Houston.  They are an organization providing assistance to veterans, I recommend you visit their website to learn more about their services and if you can benefit from them.

https://www.combinedarms.us/

I hope you find the information helpful.  If you have any questions about each program, please contact the program representatives directly as found on their website.

Thank you!

UH PTAC Team