Norcal PTACNorthern California Procurement Technical Assistance Center



We envision a level playing field in the government marketplace, where all businesses have equitable access to resources and support for contracting success.


Our mission is to advance entrepreneurship and economic growth through procurement technical assistance for all businesses in Northern California. We help our clients identify, obtain, and perform on prime and subcontracting opportunities with local, state, tribal and federal governments. We support all businesses in our service area, with an outreach emphasis on underserved businesses such as women, minority, LGBTQ+, and veteran owned businesses, and businesses located in low-wealth, rural, or disaster impacted areas.  


We're here to help you succeed in the government marketplace!

Northern California Procurement Technical Assistance Center (Norcal PTAC) is a government funded nonprofit formed to help small businesses find, bid on, and win contracts with federal, state, local, and tribal agencies. Our no-cost services include one-on-one counseling, custom bid matching, training, resources, and networking opportunities. Ninety Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) – with over 300 local offices – form a nationwide network of more than 600 dedicated procurement professionals who work to help local businesses successfully sell their products and services to government agencies. In 2019, the PTAC network served over 54,000 clients and helped them win over $28 billion in government contracts and subcontracts. Download our Introduction Flyer.

Counseling Topics Include:

  • Determining whether federal, state, or local contracting is right for your business
  • Identifying the agencies that buy what your business sells or offers (market
  • Registering with government procurement portals (DUNS,
  • Completing state and local certifications (SB, DVBE, DBE, MBE, WBE)
  • Completing federal certifications (SB, 8(a), WOSB/EDWOSB, HUBZone, SDVOSB/VOSB)
  • Meeting requirements necessary to compete for contracts
  • Interpreting complex regulations
  • Reviewing bids and providing guidance and feedback on proposals
  • Optimizing capabilities statements and marketing strategy

Visit Our Team page to read bios of our expert team of Procurement Specialists.

Service Area:

Our services area includes the following Northern California counties: Del Norte, Humboldt, Shasta, Siskiyou, Trinity, Mendocino, Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Marin, Contra Costa, San Francisco, Alameda, San Mateo, and Santa Clara. Visit our Service Area page or find your local PTAC.

Locations & Availability:

Our Procurement Specialists provide services remotely via teleconferencing, phone and emails with some availability of office hours in the Bay Area. Our administrative office is located on the campus of Cal Poly Humboldt in Arcata, California and we are available during regular business hours. Visit our Contact Us page for more information.

History of the PTAC Program

The Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) was authorized by Congress in 1985 in an effort to expand the number of businesses capable of participating in the government marketplace. Administered by the Department of Defense’s Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) until 2022, the program provides matching funds through cooperative agreements with state and local governments and non-profit organizations to operate Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) for the purpose of providing procurement assistance to all businesses – particularly small businesses –  interested in participating in the government marketplace. Learn more at   

This procurement technical assistance center is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Department of Defense. Complete a Feedback survey to tell our funders how we're doing!






Get free guidance from our specialists

To receive one-on-one counseling, complete our online application and a member of Norcal PTAC will follow-up with you and help you achieve your procurement goals.
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This procurement technical assistance center is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Department of Defense.

Funded in part through a Grant with the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development.

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