Oakland Business Center Offers Program for Securing Government Contracts

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Oakland County’s One Stop Shop Business Center will begin offering no-cost counseling services for businesses interested in obtaining government contracts at the local, state, and federal levels.

The new service, starting Wednesday, is the result of a partnership with Schoolcraft College’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center, which will open a satellite office in Waterford Township.

“Our One Stop Shop Business Center is a valuable asset for startup and second-stage businesses looking to improve their bottom line,” says Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. “Adding PTAC’s expertise to the many services we already offer makes it that much more convenient for businesses who want to learn the ins and outs of obtaining government contracts.”

PTAC — created by Congress in 1985 to expand the number of businesses capable of participating in the government marketplace — provides general orientation to government contracting; one-on-one counseling; training seminars and conferences; and notifications of bid opportunities through the state of Michigan.

The Schoolcraft College PTAC, which is based in Livonia and has a satellite office at Automation Alley in Troy, has helped clients secure nearly $600 million in government contracts over the past five years.

A PTAC counselor will be in the center every Wednesday, meeting with scheduled clients in the morning and with walk-in clients in the afternoons, says center Supervisor Greg Doyle.

For more information, or to schedule a morning appointment, call 734-462-4438.

IN RELATED NEWS, Oakland County ranks among the nation’s top five most digitally advanced counties that have a population of 500,000 or more, says the 2014 Digital Counties Survey by the Center for Digital Government.

The survey evaluates counties on their ability to maximize services and improve transparency through the strategic use of technology.

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