“I am at a loss for words to seriously describe how fortunate I am to have come in contact with [ND PTAC] this team.” Based out of Fargo, Damajha Systems, is a 100% certified set-aside, minority, service-disabled veteran owned small business that delivers service-oriented problem-solving innovations to federal, state, and local municipalities. Damajha Systems is a direct OEM authorized partner that helps with the goal of OSANG Healthcare, in which they work to create high quality products and deliver them to customers at the highest level of standards. The team at Damajha Systems is led by De Lorenco L. Jackson, a logistics and service leader himself.
Jackson has been able to utilize the no-cost resources of the ND PTAC to grow his business. Jackson said, “In trying to execute partnerships with many different types of medical laboratories, testing laboratories, or in-vitro diagnostic substance manufacturing laboratories it has been, and still remains practically impossible.” This frustration brought De to seek the services of the ND PTAC.
Damajha Systems has taken advantage of the ND PTAC expert advisors, a variety of webinars, bid match service, and education resources. The PTAC team made recommendations to understand an agency’s purchase history, team, research to target agencies, and to have patience to work the process. Jackson’s work resulted in the company receiving a $7 million federal contract.
Jackson stated, “I have, as a result of resources and or informative webinars provided by the entire conglomerate of PTAC services, become a much more informed business owner. To me it means nothing more than a direct path to success. I can't, for lack of a better explanation, give more praise for ND PTAC. Thank you very much for all that you do.”
As Jackson notes, frustration is a common thread in government contracting for companies to break through and win your first contract. Instead of going in circles and getting nowhere, locate services that are in place to assist your business.
“The ND PTAC personnel have been extremely attentive to providing all necessary resources and properly assisting with my small business concerns. The resources catered to a pathway that created ways to engage target agencies correctly.”
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.
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
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