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PTAC Training Resources

We provide Arkansas PTAC Hosted Trainingsin-person training, online training, and videos, as well as business networking opportunities. We also partner with government agencies to provide a wide variety of government contracting training. Look below to find our current training and event schedule. 

Are you interested in bringing a speaker to your area to learn how government contracting could benefit your local economy? Contact one of our Outreach Coordinators.

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Arkansas PTAC Hosted Trainings

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In-person trainings are not being scheduled at this time. Arkansas PTAC is offering virtual trainings. See schedule and on-demand training below.


Small Business Trainings - Partner Organization Hosted Events

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Arkansas PTAC is also involved in various small business trainings.  Current events will be listed here.



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Arkansas PTAC On-Demand Trainings

Marketing to the Government - April 9, 2020, Liz Russell, instructor, 52 minutes
This training provides an overview and best practices for understanding what government buyers need and communicating your company’s value proposition to them. Topics include the role of certifications, vendor registration sites, market research sources, and marketing tools specific to the government marketplace.

Navigating Beta.SAM.Gov - May 7, 2020, Max Franks, instructor, 51 minutes
The Federal Business Opportunities website, known as FedBizOpps or FBO, has been moved to the platform with a new name – Contract Opportunities. Learn how to set up custom searches, find previous awards, and navigate the federal opportunities marketplace.  This training provides a walk-through of the new system to show you how to set up the functionality of the old FBO in the new Contract Opportunities portal in

Government Certifications for Contracting - May 15, 2020, Max Franks, instructor,
60 minutes
The Arkansas Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC),  Startup Junkie,  the Conductor and the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce present “How to Become a Certified Woman, Minority, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, or Service-Disabled Veteran Business for Government Contracting.”  The State of Arkansas, local cities, and federal government offer special set-aside government contracting opportunities for certified businesses with contracts for goods and services available for businesses of all sizes. Come let Max Franks of the Bentonville, Arkansas PTAC office explain to you the various small business certifications available.

Selling to the Army Corps of Engineers - May 28, 2020, Bettye Lou Mahoney, instructor, 46 minutes
Guest Speaker: Lakisha Vance, Deputy, Office of Small Business Programs
The Little Rock District buys a variety of commodities, services, construction and engineering services. This virtual training is designed for anyone wanting to sell goods or services to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). As part of this training, you will learn about the simplified acquisition thresholds, Federal Acquisition Regulations (FARs), use of military forecasts, type of contracts used by the USACE and much more. Lakisha Vance, Deputy, Office of Small Business Programs for the Little Rock District will serve as a guest speaker on the call along with Bettye Lou Mahoney of the Arkansas PTAC teaching the virtual training.

Selling to the State of Arkansas - July 22, 2020, Lee Costley, instructor, 2 hours 38 minutes   This class is for Vendors interested in doing business with the State of Arkansas. Participants are provided with information on the Procurement Law & Rules, procedures for submitting bids and general information on bidding policies.

Selling to the U.S General Services Administration (GSA) - July 30, 2020, Jennifer Souza, instructor, 1 hour 19 minutes
Have you been interested to sell to the GSA or do you currently sell to the GSA and curious about recent changes happening across the agency and how it impacts your small business?  Our presenter spoke about MAS (Multiple Award Schedule) Consolidation impacts to e Tools during this training.

Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Certification - August 20, 2020,  Karen Castle, instructor,  1 hour 9 minutes 
The Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) Certification program is a review process designed to ensure that a minority or women-owned business is actually owned, controlled and operated by the applicants and meets the eligibility criteria of the program. Arkansas Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) hosted Karen Castle of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) to teach about how to become certified MWBE with the State of Arkansas.

Introduction to Government Contracting - August 25, 2020, Tim Hicks, Instructor,
1 hour 18 minutes
Selling to the government is different than selling in the private sector.  Learn about different government contract types, state and federal procurement processes, and how you can register your business to sell products or services to the government. This course is of special benefit to those companies that have no experience in government contracting or are relatively new to the process.

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Other On-Demand Training Sources


Govology is an online support community for small businesses pursuing government contracting opportunities. Govology connects small businesses with trusted knowledge, resources, experts, and support so that they may learn, prepare, connect, and win. Arkansas PTAC can provide active clients with a unique code to receive online trainings and webinars at no cost. Contact us today for more information on this service. 

Federal Contracting Puerto Rico - Contratación Federal de Puerto Rico
Spanish language resources - Recursos en español.      
The Puerto Rico Federal Contracting Center (FCC), a Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), offers a series of training videos on YouTube that are narrated in Spanish with slides in English.
El Centro Federal de Contrataciones de Puerto Rico (FCC), un Centro de Asistencia Técnica de Adquisiciones (PTAC), ofrece una serie de videos de capacitación en YouTube narrados en español con diapositivas en inglés.

Cybersecurity Compliance: A step-by-step guide (Georgia Tech PTAC)

January 10, 2018, 20 minutes
This video provides a step-by-step guide on how government contractors can achieve compliance with the cybersecurity requirements established by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).