Budding Stars, doing business as Smash Da Trash, is a Self-Certified Small Disadvantaged Women-Owned Business in North Dakota. They specialize in providing facilities maintenance, construction, and janitorial services. Back in 2018, Budding Stars sought after the government market segment because of the high need for small business contractors. They saw an area of need within the government sector and thought it would be advantageous to jump into the market.
Attending a workshop in Fargo is where they connected with the ND PTAC team. Owner Amanda Tukums stated, “That was the first time I learned about what the ND PTAC had to offer us as a small company just starting. Their representatives were so welcoming and friendly. They explained the benefits of the PTAC team and how they could help us as a new business in the government sector.” Initially, Budding Stars just needed assistance with their capability statements, but from their initial meeting they have developed an ongoing relationship with the ND PTAC because of how helpful they have been over the years, Tukums explained.
By working together has allowed Budding Stars to take advantage of the ND PTAC expert advisors, bid match services, Govology webinars, and a variety of other no-cost services, which has resulted in them receiving over $130,000 in federal contracts.
“As a company new to the government space, the ND PTAC team was especially helpful in providing us with various tools and techniques that were especially useful and catered to our field. They spent time teaching us how to tweak and spruce up our business capability statements and were always willing to share their knowledge of how to increase the appeal of our business by using keywords that prospective vendors would find lucrative,” Tukums said.
Tukums', very pleased with her time with the ND PTAC, explained, “Our favorite feature is the bid-match tool. It is specific to the types of contracts that fit under our company "umbrella"/NAICS codes and prospective solicitations are e-mailed directly to us daily. It has been incredibly helpful. Through bid-match, we were able to find and win our first janitorial contract, with the Fargo DMV Office.”
Amanda Tukums, Budding Stars, Inc.
The ND PTAC team made the process of registering for SAM UNBELIEVABLY easy and explained everything extremely well. Being a busy guy with not much time made this resource was highly valuable.
Liberty Engineering Group
In 2012, Adam Adams originally founded Liberty Structural Consultants on the values of integrity and excellence. Adams was an experienced structural engineer who had worked on a variety of projects.
Over the first six years, the business grew and grew. Adams knew that he had to figure out a way to keep up with the demand, so he decided to hire Jamie Kronbeck as a principal mechanical engineer in 2018. With the expansion came the name change to Liberty Engineering Group. The new name reflects the core goal of the company which is to provide integrated engineering designs for their clients’ projects.
Over the years of being a client at the North Dakota Procurement Technical Assistance Center (ND PTAC), Liberty Engineering Group has taken advantage of our no cost bid match services to receive targeted solicitations, no cost training webinars and procurement fairs, research on government markets, SAM registration guidance, and so much more. Adam Adams states, “Government contracting can be a very difficult task in itself. Having someone get you through the challenging items is instrumental in gaining the ability to work with the government. That allows us to do what we do best and that is the work that is required of us and not mounds of knowledge just to get to the point of being able to provide the needed services.”
Adam Adams, Founder
The ND PTAC team is AMAZING!!! They went above and beyond in not only helping me become compliant but also our sales team when needed. They're extremely knowledgeable and patient.
EverSpring Inn and Suites
Located in Bismarck, ND EverSpring Inn and Suites provides accommodations, meals, and other services, to government personnel from various agencies, including defense agencies, throughout the central region of North Dakota. They have used several of the North Dakota Procurement Technical Assistance Center (ND PTAC) services. The ND PTAC representitives assisted EverSpring’s from getting educated on government contracting to creating marketing plans. Mike Motschenbacher, general manager at EverSpring Inn and Suites, emphasized that “The staff at the ND PTAC has been a huge help assisting with government contracts and keeping my business up to date in SAM and WAWF.”
Through the help of the ND PTAC EverSpring Inn and Suites has been able to receive multiple awards. Because of these awards, Mike has able to retain two jobs and generate an additional three more. The service that EverSpring took advantage of the most was the no-cost guidance they received when registering for SAM and WAWF. Motschenbacher noted, “Getting set up in SAM and WAWF is difficult. The staff at the ND PTAC has been wonderful in getting my account set up and maintaining it every year. Without PTAC, it would take me several hours to do this. It has been a huge help to me and my business.”
Mike Motschenbacher, General Manager
Anytime we have questions or need help with anything related to government contracting, the staff at ND PTAC are our first call.
Metcalf Archaeology Consultants
Damita Engel, Vice President and General Manager of Metcalf Archaeology Consultants, has been a client of the ND PTAC since 2017. Founded in 1980, Metcalf Archaeology Consultants strives to help their clients build and execute their projects from the bottom up while best preserving important cultural resources. Their team consists of professional archaeologists, historians, software engineers, and heritage caretakers. Engel has worked in archaeology since 1992 and has been with Metcalf as a Principal Investigator since 2004.
During her time at Metcalf, Engel has taken advantage of several no-cost ND PTAC services. “We utilized the PTAC services to find opportunities to grow our business profile. One-on-one meetings with PTAC representatives led to a deeper knowledge of how governments find and award contracts. Through the regular webinars, access to Govology, and the in-person conferences, we went into contract negotiations in a more informed, stronger position and was able to leverage that knowledge to win more work.”
Engel utilized our bid match services to receive solicitations, received guidance with SAM registration, and partook in PTAC sponsored training events. From using the ND PTAC services, they were able to generate two brand new jobs, retain two existing jobs, and receive over $275,000 in awards.
When asked how Engel's experience was with the ND PTAC team, he stated, “The ND PTAC provided wonderful resources for people working with the government. Thanks for being there and for continuing to add tools and resources for us to use.” Engel said.
I am thankful for the ND PTAC staff for guiding us to get SAM registration. I am grateful to them for providing an outstanding effort. They helped me every step of the application process. I highly recommend ND PTAC.Masfique Mehedi Ph.D, VIRVAC LLC
Founder and President of Greenstone Construction, Justin Lindteigen, passion for construction began at an early age. He spent endless hours in his Grandpa’s woodworking shop when he was little. After his time in the North Dakota National Guard and Iraq, Justin brings military discipline, respect, and integrity to every project.
Since 2014, Greenstone Construction has been using the North Dakota Procurement Technical Assistance Center (ND PTAC) services and guidance. “We are always looking for new contracting opportunities and the PTAC bid match helped our team identify multiple contract opportunities for our businesses to succeed. PTAC helped us identify a project opportunity to build a new communications tower of the North Dakota National Guard,” Justin explained.
With the help of ND PTAC, Greenstone Construction was able to secure contract awards. Aside from just using our bid match services, Greenstone has received ND PTAC assistance and them through their SAM registration, researching government markets, navigate through regulations, and have opened doors to other procurement and contract officers.
Justin Lindteigen, Owner
The ND PTAC team walked me through the SAM registration, and it was extremely beneficial to learn the necessary steps as it saved me a great deal of time and effort. I greatly apprciate the assistance from the ND PTAC staff.Timothy L. Kreft, Chief Appraiser at AgCountry Farm Credit Services
MonDak Portables provides portable restroom rentals for a variety of different occasions like worksites, public and community gatherings, sporting events, and parties. Aside from just portable restroom rentals, they also provide portable handwashing stations and heated trailers.
Since becoming a client in 2017, Dave Kleppe, ND PTAC program manager, has been able to help MonDak Portables receive close to $1.5 million in Federal awards. These awards have allowed them to retain twenty jobs and generate an additional three. Rick Rogers, the owner of MonDak Portables, described his experience with ND PTAC as,
“We were looking to get into government bidding and had done our research and were still very confused on where to start. A business associate of ours told us about the ND PTAC office, so we researched them out and ran into Dave Kleppe in the Bismarck office. He helped us get registered in SAM and showed us bid match and we started looking for opportunities that matched our business. From there we found the opportunity we needed to bid on the WAFB contract and were awarded the 2-year contract.”
Rick Rogers, Owner
The ND PTAC team are extremely helpful and knowledgeable. They have provided great assistance for our business!
Razor Consulting Solutions
Razor Consulting Solutions was founded by Carla Schwarzenberg and Eric Mauch in 2010 focusing on professional services. From project management to process automation and much more, Razor Consulting Solutions provides a wide range of innovative planning and operational solutions.
Darin Perius, from Razor first contacted Cathy from the ND PTAC office in May of 2018 to assist with CAGE code and SAM registration issues. Razor Consulting was forming a new Joint Venture and needed to ensure all registrations were correctly identified in SAM. Since then, ND PTAC team has been able to help navigate some of the inevitable questions that arise when working on specific certifications and contracting.
“The assistance the ND PTAC has provided us has been instrumental in our ability to successfully win government contracts,” says Darin Perius, Government Contracts Manager.
Razor is certified as an SBA 8(a) business as well as Native American Owned Business and a Women Owned Business by the WBENC. These designations in federal contracting assist in leveling the playing field with other similar companies, and allows them to grow.
Most recently, they have been awarded the contracts to provide food services for The North Dakota National Guard Camp Grafton Training Center, and to provide Non-Clinical Case Management for the North Dakota National guard in Bismarck.
“On several different occasions, we’ve needed help answering complex government contracting questions and the ND PTAC has been extremely helpful in finding the answers to those questions,” said Perius,
The company has grown considerably over the years, being recognized by Inc. Magazine as North Dakota’s fastest growing company in 2016.
“We are very appreciative of the hard work and support we’ve received from so many professionals along the way,” Perius noted. “It is exciting to look ahead to many more opportunities to work with the ND PTAC as we continue to grow as a business.”
The ND PTAC staff are great to work with and have been extremely important to our success as a government contractor.
Venone Public Relations
"I first learned about the North Dakota PTAC office while attending a government contracting workshop in Minot. I had already secured a federally-funded State contract at the time, but that was after three years of blindly responding to RFP’s. The assistance and guidance that I received from Dave Kleppe and Cathy Lindquist has been instrumental in helping us navigate all aspects of government contracting as well as assist us in managing the contracts after they were awarded. Dave and Cathy have an incredible wealth of knowledge in both the federal sphere and the local agencies in North Dakota, providing us with insight that we would not be successful without. As a team, they have helped us to find answers and solutions from billing and invoicing, to the development of our capabilities statement, and more. Without the support of the PTAC office, Venone wouldn’t be as successful as we are today."
Kelly Richardson, Founder
The staff at the ND PTAC have been truly amazing to work with. They were a great help to setting up our hotel with all things necessary to be solicited and selected for government business.
Martin Mechanical Design
Over the course of the past twenty years, Martin Mechanical Design has been trusted with several high-profile mechanical engineering projects across the United States. Brian Martin, the president of the company, has become a leader in the industry and is one of the most well respected and trusted mechanical designers in the nation. Altogether, Martin Mechanical Design’s staff has an outstanding 100 years of expertise within the industry for education, government, hospitality, and several other projects. Martin Mechanical Design is known for focusing on efficiency and long-term cost when it comes to their clients; this ensures that every project they complete is on-time and on-budget. The ND PTAC has felt lucky to work with such a skilled and successful client to expand their business even further.
Since becoming a client in 2018, the ND PTAC has been able to help assist Martin Mechanical Design with all aspects of government contracting. Natalie Perhus, their marketing coordinator, shared that, “Everyone at the ND PTAC was very helpful and we appreciate their services very much.” They’ve taken advantage of our no cost bid match service to receive solicitations, received guidance through federal contracting sites, received feedback on proposal development, and had aid in the development of their capability statement. “It is so helpful to have a contact with government knowledge that I can reach out to in times of confusion,” Perhus noted, “Cathy has been extremely helpful and made my life easier when dealing with government proposals.”