Procurement Technical Assistance For Business Firms
CSFA Number: 420-35-0069
Agency Name
Department Of Commerce And Economic Opportunity (420)
Agency Identification
60, 80-4
Agency Contact
Darryl Thomas
Short Description
The Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC) assist small businesses looking to enter the world of government contracting. The local centers provide one-on-one advising, technical information, marketing assistance and training to businesses interested in selling their products or services to local, state, and/or federal government agencies. Services include targeting appropriate agencies; bid lead matching services; access to specs and standards; assist with quality issues and more.
Subject Area
Economic Development
Program Function
Business and Commerce
Enabling Legislation
20 ILCS 605/605-505
Objectives and Goals
To aid Illinois businesses in obtaining services available from governmental and private sources, provide information and guidance to assist Illinois small businesses in the area of government and procurement and to accelerate the growth potential of viable, long term, entrepreneurial ventures and small businesses in order to create and retain jobs in Illinois
Types of Assistance
Advisory Services and Counseling
Uses and Restrictions
The Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (“Final Guidance”), located at 2 C.F.R. 200 et seq., supersedes and combines the requirements of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circulars A-21, A-87, A-102, A-110, A-122, and A-133. The SBA has published exceptions to the Final Guidance at 2 C.F.R. Part 2701
Eligibility Requirements
This Request for Application package is intended to solicit applications from qualified Illinois universities, colleges, chambers of commerce and other non-profit business development related organizations that are interested in operating an Illinois PTAC. The program's primary purpose is to provide information and guidance to assist Illinois small businesses in the area of government procurement and to accelerate the growth potential of viable, long-term, entrepreneurial ventures and small businesses in order to create and retain jobs in Illinois.
Entities listed in the System for Award Management (SAM) “Excluded Parties List System (EPLS)” are not eligible for an award. An entity that employs any person listed in the SAM’s EPLS
Eligible Applicants
Nonprofit Organizations; Education Organizations;
Application and Award Processing
Executive Summary
Prepare a one page executive summary, which provides an overview of the major highlights and key points of the application. The participating agencies and the amount of funding requested for each program should also be included in this clear, succinct and concise summary.

Center Requirements
1. Staffing
An organizational chart of the center(s) and of the host institution is required. Resumes should be provided on all key program staff (e.g. center director, business specialist, coordinator, etc.). The specific duties and responsibilities of staff should be defined. Describe how staff impacts the delivery of center services.
2. Recognition and Identity
Describe your plan to implement the PTAC recognition and identity standards.
3. Knowledge of Client Needs and Expectations
Describe the systematic process or processes used to analyze the needs of center clients and the small business community.
4. Market Sector Focus
Fully describe the market sector focus for the planned Procurement Technical Assistance Center. Clearly identify the key strengths of the applicant and how the applicant plans to share these strengths and special market sector focus with the other programs. Each Illinois PTAC must identify its specific market sector and demographic focus and strengths. This focus should be based on the strengths of the local economy as well as the abilities and strengths of the local PTAC. The support and expertise housed within the host institution will also play an important role in determining the key market sector focus of the PTAC.
5. Marketing
Provide an outline of the plans to market the services and programs of the center(s) to the appropriate client base.
6. Resource Partners
Describe how the center will leverage and coordinate area business assistance resources to provide services to the entire area to be served. Please indicate in this section if you are also submitting an application package for the Illinois Small Business Development Center.
7. Advisory Board
Describe the make-up of the center Advisory Board and how it will be utilized to support the center. Please indicate how often the Advisory Board will meet and include a list of members and organizations/sectors represented, if available.
8. Financial Management
Identify the fiscal agent for the center program(s). Describe your organization’s fiscal procedures and controls and responsible staff in the following areas: reconciliation of cash accounts, segregation of program income, maintenance of property control records, time and effort certification, bookkeeping procedures, and the maintenance of general ledgers.
9. Office Operations
Identify the location, address and operating hours of the center(s). Provide a description of how clients will be serviced when professional staff is out of the office. Include a description of the facility along with parking arrangements, accessibility and signage.

Performance Indicators/Measures Form
Complete separate performance indicators/measures in of this application package for each program area addressed. Provide a detailed narrative describing how the projected outputs and outcomes were determined.
Funding By Fiscal Year
FY 2015 : $612,211
FY 2016 : $524,184
FY 2017 : $523,153
FY 2018 : $500,000
Federal Funding
Notice of Funding Opportunities
Agency IDAward RangeApplication Range
DetailsPTAC-FY18-01$0 - $11000004/14/2017 - 05/24/2017 : 5:00 pm
DetailsPTAC-FY19$70000 - $004/20/2018 - 05/25/2018 : 5 PM
DetailsPTAC-FY20Not Applicable04/08/2019 - 05/10/2019 : 5 PM
Details420-35-0069$70000 - $14000006/05/2020 - 07/10/2020 : 11:59pm
Agency IDGrantee NameStart DateEnd DateAmount
20-601115Women's Business Development Center07/01/201906/30/202086,000
20-601103Community College District 502 for College of DuPage07/01/201906/30/202076,000
20-601104Board of Trustees Western Illinois University07/01/201906/30/202074,765
20-804125Southern Illinois University at Carbondale07/01/201906/30/202071,000
20-601121Bradley University07/01/201906/30/202045,000