Maryland Procurement Technical Assistance Center (MDPTAC), a program under the Maryland Small Business Development Center (SBDC) network offers personalized business counseling and competitive insights for navigating the government contracting process successfully.
Maryland PTAC provides assistance to business with developing strategies to pursue state, local and federal government contracts.
Use this checklist to assess the procurement readiness of your business. Let Maryland PTAC help you navigate the procurement process more confidently and efficiently. Our assistance is tailored to meet your specific business goals as outlined.
First time businesses should work with both the SBDC and Maryland PTAC to ensure basic business credentials are established before progressing to the growth stage. Consider the items below during this period of eligibility.
Basic Business License
Business Established for 6 months
Business Registration with the Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation
Register DUNS Number
Required Business Licensing and Registrations
Find a Business Attorney
Develop Strategic Relationships for Subcontracting and Teaming
Growth - Stage 2
Businesses can generate positive cash flow or earnings, which increases significantly faster rates than the overall economy. Consider the items below during this period of growth.
Attorney for Contract Compliance
Work with Maryland PTAC on Market Research (Bid Matching)
Compensation and Development Benefits Package for Employees
Document Past Performance on Government Contract
Contract Vehicles and Certifications
Develop Business Banking Relationships-Explore Bank services and Solutions (Line of Credit Merchant Services Account)
Develop Comprehensive Marketing and Business Development Plans and Strategies
Work with Maryland PTAC on Past Award Counseling (Contract Kickoff, Client Communication, Reporting, Payments, Contract Growth, Close-Out)
Establish Capture Management and Proposal Process
Scalability (Standard Operating Procedures)
Subcontracting, NDA and Teaming Agreement
Timekeeping and Expense Report System
Socio-Economic Certifications and Programs (Women Owned, Service Disabled Veteran Owned, 8a Business Development Program)
Work with Maryland PTAC on Market Research to Develop Opportunity Pipeline
Maturity - Stage 3
Mature businesses are well-established in their industry, have a well-known product and loyal customers following. Consider the items below as part of business maturity.
Have a Mature Proposal Process and Capture Management Strategy
DCAA Accounting System
Emergency Preparedness Plan
Employee Retirement Plan
Teaming and Partner Established Strategy
Mergers and Acquisitions
Work with Maryland PTAC to Develop Subcontracting Plans