Chamber executive director Richard A. Pierce said  today’s workshop is the first of six sessions with schedules spread out until July next year.

Pierce said today’s workshop is considered as the first step of federal contracting with emphasis on obtaining your Data Universal Numbering System or DUNS numbers and registering with Central Contractor Registration, Small Business Administration and Online Representations and Certifications Application.

Today’s workshop is designed for companies that are currently registered in CCR. Contracting officers are required to review your company profile for accuracy so it is very important that all the information that you put there is updated and checked periodically.

The Guam Procurement Technical Assistance Center will go step by step to familiarize companies with this process of updating  CCR, SBA profile, and ORCA.

This is the first time for the NMI to be included in the coverage of the workshops after the Defense Logistics Agency renewed its fourth year of commitment to the University of Guam, School of Business and Public Administration — PTAC to continue to fund the operation.

In an earlier release, Vera Topasna, program manager for the Guam PTAC said that the new coverage for the CNMI expands on the university’s mission as a land grant university, a grant that that exists to service its learners and the communities of Guam, Micronesia, and the neighboring regions of the Pacific and Asia through the core curriculum, degree programs, research and outreach.

Topasna said that they are also pleased to provide this type of service to Guam’s neighboring islands during these tough economic times.

Topasna said the Guam PTAC has worked closely with the Tinian and Saipan Chamber of Commerce since 2008 to bring the program to their islands.

The Guam PTAC was scheduled to launch their services on Tinian yesterday.

Boris Hertslet, Senior Procurement Counselor for PTAC and Bank of Guam, East West Business Center will conduct the seminars. The cost for today’s workshop and for the coming workshops is $10 for members of the Saipan Chamber of Commerce and $20 for non-members. For more information, please visit the Chamber office in Garapan, call 233-7150/7152, or email

Upcoming workshops

January 5 - 6, 2012

Basic Business Documents for Federal Contracting

Participants will learn that contracting with the Federal Government is not the same as contracting with private enterprises because businesses will be asked for databases, registrations, and certifications as requirements. PTAC will detail what documents businesses should always have ready to make the Federal Contracting experience as stress free as possible.

Developing a Capabilities Statement

Having a capabilities statement is probably one of the most important marketing tools that businesses can use to promote their businesses in the federal/local market place.

February 16 & 17, 2012

Government Subcontracting

If you are interested in selling your products and services to government agencies, but don’t know how to start, here is the workshop that will take you there. Participants will learn the basics of subcontracting, disadvantages and advantages, how to locate subcontracting opportunities, marketing strategies to prime contractors, bidding tips for successful subcontracting and issues and concerns with subcontracting.

Teaming and Joint Ventures

This workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to learn more about teaming arrangements and joint ventures and when they can be used.

April 12 & 13, 2012

FedBizOpps: Understanding Government Solicitations

Learn how the Government solicits for supplies and services.

Responding to RFP’s

This workshop will focus on the content of a Request For Proposals and will familiarize participants through the common sections and clauses of the document.

May 24 & 25, 2012

HUBZone Application Process

The HUBZone Program is intended to provide Federal contracting assistance for qualified small business concerns located in historically underutilized business zones. PTAC will take you through the application process and help you address follow up requirements from SBA.

8(a) Application Process

The Guam PTAC will help navigate the forms and requirements of the 8a program.

July 5 & 6, 2012

Women Owned Small Business (WOSB): The New Program

The Guam PTAC will explain the WOSB program and guide participants through the registration process.{jcomments off}

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