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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: CMMC: A Primer @ Zoom Webinar
Aug 10 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Presenter: Damon Hacker, President & CEO, Vestige Digital Investigations

Registration Here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_oDoy3sCrSLix8bn_xxttpw

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


This presentation introduces the DoD’s cybersecurity evolution from NIST 800-171 to the new CMMC (Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification). During the presentation we will explore the DoD’s rationale for implementing this, but most importantly educate DoD suppliers as to how to navigate the requirement and understand the DoD’s expectations. If you are one of the 221,000+ suppliers to the DoD – whether big or small, whether prime or subcontractor, if you handle Federal Contract Information (FCI) or Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI), you will need to become certified to bid on contracts starting as early as 2021. We will conclude with a complete path forward on becoming certified and explore why the process will likely take most organizations 6 months or more to become certified.

Webinar: CMMC: A Primer

Damon Hacker, President & CEO, Vestige Digital Investigations

Damon Hacker is one of the founders of Vestige Digital Investigations, a leading technology company specializing in CyberSecurity (proactive & reactive), Digital Forensics and Electronically Stored Information (ESI).
A pioneer in these fields, he brings more than 30 years of experience in the arena, including a background in IT Security and IT Auditing. He helps to improve the techniques, processes and technology in cybersecurity and digital forensics within the legal process. He actively assists clients achieve compliance with many different cybersecurity frameworks.
Helping to shape this important and fast-moving industry, he is responsible for leading Vestige and overseeing corporate strategic direction and growth, finance and administration, as well as the sales and marketing functions of the company.
Damon is active in a number of professional organizations including:

Information Systems Security Association (ISSA)

Information Systems Audit & Control Association (ISACA)

Association of Fraud Examiners (ACFE)

International Society of Forensic Computer Examiners (ISFCE)

Advisory Boards of a number of Cyber and Forensic Academic Programs
Damon is an in-demand speaker on local, state and national levels. He speaks on the subjects of DoD CMMC cybersecurity compliance, IT security, IT auditing, computer fraud, white-collar crime, data breach, non-compete and intellectual property theft.
In addition, Mr. Hacker consults on cyber and digital forensics for the television industry, having consulted for The Blacklist; Bones; CSI: Cyber, CSI: Las Vegas, and Backstrom.
He earned both his Master in Business Administration from the Weatherhead School of Management, and his undergraduate degree from Case Western Reserve University. In addition he holds the Certified Computer Examiner (CCE) certification from the International Society of Forensic Computer Examiners, is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), CSX Cybersecurity Nexus Fundamentals certification from the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), and is CMMC Registered Practitioner (RP) for DoD cybersecurity compliance.


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Webinar: ABC’s of SBIR/STTR: Program Goals, Eligibility: Is it for you? @ Zoom Webinar
Aug 24 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Presenter: Shannon Bass, Senior Principal Consultant, BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting

Registration Here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_sE2B2bFnQGO75jakC-8NDQ

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


The government’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs make over $4 billion in high-risk, non-dilutive capital available to innovative small companies annually. The process is complex with a steep learning curve, but the impact of receiving $millions in non-dilutive funding is worth the effort.
If you are considering pursuing SBIR or STTR funding, the first step is to learn what it takes to be eligible and then determine which of the 11 participating agencies best fits your technology. This session will give you basic information to determine if this is a path you would like to seriously pursue.
We’ll cover:
• The differences between SBIR and STTR
• Participating federal agencies
• SBIR/STTR eligibility requirements and much more!

Webinar: ABC's of SBIR/STTR: Program Goals, Eligibility: Is it for you?

Shannon Bass, Senior Principal Consultant, BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting

Shannon Bass joined BBCetc as a Principal Consultant in April 2018 bringing with her 28 years of management experience in the biotechnology industry and as an independent SBIR/STTR consultant. Shannon’s career began with an animal health start-up out of the University of Kentucky, which was later purchased by Neogen Corporation. She continued in senior management with Neogen for 17 years in the areas of quality control/ assurance, regulatory, pharmaceutical manufacturing and technical services. Later she became CEO of a biotech start-up which brought to market a veterinary research device and president of another medical device firm developing a product for treatment of late-stage lung cancer. A PI on multiple research grants, Shannon has assisted numerous start-ups in developing competitive NIH grant submissions, post-award management, commercialization, project management and building an effective team. She holds B.S degree in Agriculture from Murray State University in Kentucky.


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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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