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CT PTAC has a mission to provide marketing and procurement assistance to Connecticut businesses interested in selling their goods or services to federal, state, or local governments. CT PTAC is a statewide program serving all cities and towns in Connecticut.

CT PTAC’s services are provided at no charge.

This procurement technical assistance center is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Defense Logistics Agency.

What is PTAC?

We help Connecticut businesses identify, compete for, and win federal, state and local government contracts. If you are not a CT business, please click here to find your state’s PTAC.

We can Help

Our assistance comes in the form of teaching, mentoring and coaching. We also provide our clients with a set of electronic tools to research and identify government contracting opportunities.


CT PTAC and CONNSTEP have partnered to assist businesses in Connecticut understand the DFARS 252.204-7012 and NIST 800-171 Cyber Security compliance requirements. This compliance impacts business working on DoD contracts, either as a prime or a subcontractor…

News & Events

Webinar: Doing Business with Municipalities – New Haven County @ Zoom Webinar
Jun 22 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Webinar: Doing Business with Municipalities – New Haven County

Moderator: Frank Dixon, State Director of CTPTAC

Participating Municipalities:

  • City of Ansonia: Sheila O’Malley, Purchasing Director

  • City of Meriden: Adam Tulin, Purchasing Officer

  • City of Milford: Fred Bialka, Purchasing Agent

  • City of New Haven: Michael Fumiatti, Purchasing Agent

  • Town of Wallingford: Sal Amadeo, Purchasing Agent


Registration Here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_NxEOMt4TQpif5_K4mkwv7w

Please submit questions prior to the webinar to: ptac@ctptac.org


Learn what Procurement Agents in New Haven County municipalities are looking to buy in 2021!  Learn where to properly Register as a vendor, Where to find bid opportunities, How to market and sell your products and services, and other Valuable information to build strategic partnerships at the municipal level!

Doing Business with Municipalities - New Haven County


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Webinar: GSA Schedules Program – What You Need to Know @ Zoom Webinar
Jul 15 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Presenter: Jerry D. Smith Sr, New England (NE) Region Small Business Technical Advisor (SBTA), Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) – General Services Administration (GSA)

Registration Here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Otc0j-2ZQcSbGeTfI6G2xg
Please submit questions prior to the webinar to: ptac@ctptac.org


The purpose of the GSA Schedules Program – What You Need to Know webinar is to educate companies interested in becoming a GSA Schedules Contractor, provide an overview of GSA, the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU); discuss the importance of market research; outline the prerequisites and documents needed to become a GSA Schedules contractor.

Webinar: GSA Schedules Program - What You Need to Know

Jerry D. Smith Sr, New England (NE) Region Small Business Technical Advisor (SBTA), Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) – General Services Administration (GSA)

Jerry D. Smith Sr. assumed the position of Director, GSA New England Region, Office of Small Business Utilization (OSBU), in December of 2007. As of Oct 2019 the Office was reorganized as the Regional Small Business Advocacy and Engagement Division, GSA New England Region, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU). In Oct 2020, Mr. Smith assumed the regional leadership role as the GSA New England Region’s Small Business Technical Advisor (SBTA)

Mr. Smith joined the GSA team in May 2005, as an IT Project Manager. In Dec 2005 he was re-assigned as the Manager of GSA’s Regional Network Services Operations, Director, Boston Defense Metropolitan Area Telecommunications System (DMATS), and Regional Coordinator for Federal Emergency Communications, located at Hanscom AFB, MA.

Mr. Smith’s military service includes 24 years of active duty as Air Force Tactical and Fixed Communications Systems Engineer & Manager; Combat Communications and IT Systems Installation Team Chief; NATO Survival to Operate (Emergency Management) Evaluator/Trainer; and as a United Nations Emergency Communications Planner.

After retiring from the Air Force, Mr. Smith worked in the wireless communications industry as an Advance Wireless Technology Trainer for SPRINT Mobile Communications. He also spent time in the IT industry as an IT Project Manager, Training Consultant, Value Added Reseller (VAR) Relations Manager, Business Line Developer and a Special Events Coordinator for several small business IT start-ups. As a Federal Business Developer, he provided professional IT Consulting Services and engineering design of Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) telecom systems for customers including Department Of Defense, Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Federal Aviation Administration.

In his current capacity as SBTA, NE Region OSBU, He manages GSA’s small business outreach, and business development educational programs throughout the region. He also acts as an advocate for small socio-economic disadvantaged businesses presently doing business, or interested in doing business, with GSA and other Federal agencies.
His office oversaw the award of $70.3 million in FY2019, $61.8 Million in FY2020, and $59.6 Million in FY2021 (as of 2/25/2021) in federal contracts by the New England Regional Acquisition Workforce. During the listed period, over 85% of all GSA R1 Federal Contracts were awarded to small businesses. Mr. Smith also acts as the GSA liaison to the Small Business Administration (SBA), the New England states Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs), and Congressional Representatives’ Economic Development staff located throughout the New England states.

Mr. Smith holds an Associates Degree in Electronic Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Fore; a Bachelors in Electronic Engineering Technology from Texas State University; a Masters in Human Relations, specializing in workplace diversity, from the University of Oklahoma; and Post Graduate courses toward his PhD in Organization and Management with Capella University. He served as the GSA New England Regional EEO Officer from 2005 to 2009. He also holds advance training certificates in Process Improvement, Sustainable Business Practices, Customer Relations Management, Event Planning, Business Development, Quality Control Management, Federal Contract Administration, Project/Program Management, Federal Workplace Mediation, IT & Telecommunications Operations Management, Network Design Engineering, Academic Instructor, and National Security Agency (NSA) Cryptographic Systems Installation and Maintenance Team Chief.

Mr. Smith also serves the Massachusetts North Shore community as a community advocate for diversity outreach and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Salem MA Common Association, an organization dedicated to the preservation of the Historical Salem Common (The original site of the founding of the US National Guard). He is a Life member of Blacks In Government (BIG) and has served as a member of the BIG’s National Board of Directors, as well as the past President and Parliamentarian of the Greater Boston Chapter of BIG. He holds memberships in several organizations including Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity INC (Dr Martin Luther King’s fraternity). He presently serves as the local college Minority Alumni recruiting point of contact for Texas State University, in San Marcus TX, Oklahoma University, in Norman OK, University of Vermont, in Burlington VT.


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Frank Dixon APTAC Region 1 – New England Director

Congratulations to Frank Dixon, CTPTAC’s State Director, for being elected to the National level, as Region 1 Director of the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC). CTPTAC is proud to be under your leadership, and excited to be a part of your future as Region 1 Director.

Message from Frank Dixon, State Director

CTPTAC’s 2020 program year proved to be an interesting one to say the least, which required adjustments due to the pandemic. On March 13th we moved into a full remote format with our services; conducting 1600 plus counseling hours towards our annual goals, facilitated 50 plus virtual client training events, and accumulated 100 plus staff professional development hours. Already adept in virtual trainings, via “Go-to-Meetings” played a major role in the program achieving an average of 13% above all annual goals. 

Another great testament to our very new staff’s hard work resulted in PTAC clients winning $240 plus million dollars in direct and subcontract awards this year. In addition to our notable client success stories, this year involved some of our clients winning contracts for the first time; which helped the federal, state and local governments meet their demand for Covid-19 related products and services.

Although we will continue to work primarily in a remote capacity, I’m extremely optimistic about the upcoming 2021 program year, as CTPTAC is better equipped to assist our clients, strategic partners, and local communities enhance and grow their their knowledge in government contracting with an immediate focus on Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) and Beta.Sam.gov.; in addition to, Women Owned Small Businesses, Veteran Owned Small Businesses, and Socio-Economic Certifications. 

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