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September 02, 2020
Nationwide Celebration comes to Rhodes State’s Northwest Ohio PTAC for 3rd Annual “PTAC Day”

LIMA, Ohio, September 1, 2020 – This September, Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) from around the country are coming together for a special, one-day event to celebrate the success of the tens of thousands of small businesses who have benefitted from training and technical assistance delivered by their local PTACs.

The celebration is the third annual PTAC Day, and the Rhodes State, Northwest Ohio PTAC is partnering with CentraComm in Findlay to provide regional businesses with a “Cybersecurity Hygiene and Certification for Your Small Business” webinar on Wednesday, September 16. The webinar will feature a presentation by Loren Wagner, CentraComm’s Senior Executive in Risk and Engineering. Participants will learn more about the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), a future contracting requirement from the U.S. Department of Defense. Over 60 PTAC clients have already registered for the event.

“This is a great opportunity to learn more about protecting your business from hackers and what will soon be required, in regards to cybersecurity, in order to sell your goods and services to the federal government,” said Rhodes State’s PTAC Coordinator, Kent Kahn. Businesses may register to attend the event by clicking the “Client Registration” tab and then the “Events” link at http://ptac.rhodesstate.edu/.

For 35 years, PTACs have helped expand the number of small businesses that successfully compete for and win federal, state, and local government contracts. Rhodes State College is the host for the PTAC in Northwest Ohio, serving Allen, Van Wert, Putnam, Hancock and nine additional counties as far north as Lucas County (Toledo). More than 100 businesses in the region receive a daily email with relevant federal, state and local government contracting opportunities that meet their company’s capabilities.

In 2019, the PTAC network in Ohio helped businesses across the state win more than $1 billion in federal government contracts and subcontracts and more than $28 million in state and local government contracts and subcontracts. “The more successful northwest Ohio’s small businesses are in the government marketplace, the stronger our regional economy grows,” said Kahn.

More than 300 PTAC 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.

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