Area organizations assisting during partial government shutdown

The partial Government shutdown is beginning to be felt by area contractors, subcontractors and Federal employees alike. Many organizations are doing what they can to help. If you or someone you know is affected by the shutdown, be sure to check into any and all assistance to help you and your company through this difficult time.

The United Way of Pennsylvania is maintaining a website of resources for furloughed federal employees, to view these Shutdown Resources click here. If you are looking for contractor/subcontractor resources, please feel free to contact the JARI PTAC at (814) 254-4022 or (814) 254-4023 or via email at .

What contractors can expect during the government shutdown


Contractors are certainly concerned about what the government shutdown means to them. Georgia Tech, a fellow Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), has put together a brief article with resources you may find helpful. You can view this article at
If you need any assistance or have additional questions, please contact us at (814) 254-4022 or (814) 254-4023 or via email at .

Pre-qualified DBE Contractors & Consultants – You’re Invited!


The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Supportive Services Center, Cheyney University, is holding a networking event for Pre-qualified DBE Contractors and DBE Consultants on Friday, December 14, 2018 in Pittsburgh.
“Getting Ready for Primetime” will be held at the Constructors Association of Western PA from 9:00 am – 11:00am.
Similar to “speed dating”, ready-to-work DBE firms will get the chance to individually meet with Prime contractors looking for subcontractors through short, one-on-one meetings.
When: Friday, December 14, 2018
Time: 9:00 am – 11:00am
Where: 800 Cranberry Woods Drive, Suite 100, Cranberry Township, PA
To learn more about this event and to register, please click here.
Please contact us with questions or for government contracting assistance needs at

Registration Open for Sandler Enterprise Selling Workshop

The Sandler Enterprise Selling workshop will be held Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM at the JARI Center for Business Development. Presented by Moore Power Sales, this interactive workshop is for companies facing challenges selling to large enterprises including the Department of Defense (DoD) and large prime contractors. Topics of discussion include:

  • Effectively winning accounts with a long selling cycle
  • Successfully leveraging relationships with large clients to win more wallet share with those accounts
  • Strategically deploying your people so you are successfully growing accounts
  • Developing a Go/No Go Strategy that will keep you from wasting time and money on opportunities that won’t develop into business
  • Successfully positioning your company against the competition during competitive bids

Attendance is $35 and includes a copy of “Sandler Enterprise Selling”, seating is limited. Click here to register. Registration closes Friday, December 7th!

Please contact us for any of your government contracting assistance needs at (814) 254-4022 or (814) 254-4023 or via email at .

HUBZone Workshop Scheduled for Somerset County

The JARI PTAC, in conjunction with the Somerset County Economic Development Council and the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce, will be holding a special presentation and work session on the Federal HUBZone certification on November 14, 2018. Seating is limited and anyone interested in attending is asked to contact Lenora Leasure, JARI PTAC Program Manager for additional details and to register. Please note, if you aren’t able to attend, we do plan to hold additional sessions over the coming months and would still like to hear from you.

Please contact us for any of your government contracting needs at (814) 254-4022 or (814) 254-4023 or via email at .

Final Chance to Register for CONNECT! 2018

You are cordially invited to our biennial one-stop event to increase your bottom line.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
UPJ Murtha Center ~ Johnstown, PA

CONNECT! 2018 will be held at the Murtha Center for Public Service and National Competitiveness at UPJ on October 17, 2018 from 10 AM to 4 PM. Attendees will have the opportunity to network and participate in presentations addressing:

  • Introduction to Government contracting
    Cyber Security
    Doing business with PennDOT
    Woman-owned business certification
    HUBZone certification

Attendance is $25, seating is limited. Register today as registration closes Monday, October 8th!

Please contact us for any of your government contracting assistance needs at (814) 254-4022 or (814) 254-4023 or via email at .

Government Contracting Series Topics Announced

The JARI PTAC invites you to attend the Government Contracting Series workshop sponsored and presented by Wessel & Company on Thursday, May 31, 2018. As a manufacturer, a service company, or a technology firm, you already have the right tools to produce a quality product, execute high level service, or deliver the latest and greatest technology. To be successful in federal government contracting, you also need to be equipped with the right tools to manage contract risk, stay compliant, and make a profit. Being duly informed of regulations, requirements, and best practices are all crucial for success.

The Government Contracting Series workshop will include updates on certified cost and pricing, proposed new rules from FAR Council and GSA and the new lease standard. Additionally, the session will include a presentation on Indirect Rates—Importance and Uses including discussion on different rates overhead, material, engineering and sg&a, uses for proposals as well as rolling rates forward for provisionals.

This educational program is intended for program managers, contract, procurement, or finance professionals who are involved with companies that have prime or subcontracts with the Federal Government (or companies who want to begin to get involved with government contracts).

Click here for flyer details. For more information and tickets go to Please contact us with any questions and for all your government contracting assistance needs at (814) 254-4022 or (814) 254-4023 or via email at .

New System for Award Management (SAM) Security Measure

System for Award Management (SAM) registrants will see a new requirement when registering new entities. Due to alleged, third-party fraudulent activity, new entity registrations will require an original, signed notarized letter identifying the authorized Entity Administrator before the SAM registration will be activated. Notarized letters must be mailed to the Federal Service Desk and contain the information outlined in the FAQ posted here. Please note this may increase the time it takes for registrations to become activated.

GSA has posted information at this link if you are interested in learning more about the situation. Please contact us for more information regarding this or any of your government contracting assistance needs at (814) 254-4022 or (814) 254-4023 or via email at .

C3: Creating Opportunities, Connecting Resources & Contracting Diversity

Join the Small Business Administration (SBA) on Thursday, May 3rd from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM at the University of Pittsburgh, Alumni Hall for the C3: Creating Opportunities, Connecting Resources & Contracting Diversity workshop.
This daylong event will provide opportunities to network with Federal, State, and Local Government Agencies, Prime Contractors, Universities, Support Organizations, and other businesses both large and small. Attendees can connect with representatives throughout the day, attend training sessions, market their products and services, and get answers to their questions. Click here to see the full agenda and click here to register.

Area Contractors Attend BUILDing Connections Workshop

Area construction contractors attending our BUILDing Connections workshop last Thursday learned about the PTAC program as well as doing business with the Pennsylvania Department of General Services (DGS) and PennDOT.

Provided as an introduction to government contracting, attendees heard from Paula Murphy, Construction Liaison with the PA DGS Bureau of Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities; Sheldon Murray, Operations Manager with PennDOT’s Bureau of Equal Opportunity; Matthew Reis, Transportation Facilities Administrator 3 with PennDOT’s Bureau of Office Services; and Matthew Weaver, P.E., Contractor Evaluations Engineer with PennDOT’s Bureau of Project Delivery.

Our biennial event, CONNECT!, will serve as a follow-up to this workshop. CONNECT!, scheduled for this fall, will include additional presentations as well as the opportunity to network with fellow construction contractors.  Details for this event are in the planning stages and will be publicized as confirmed.

In the meantime, please contact us for any of your government contracting assistance needs at (814) 254-4022 or (814) 254-4023 or via email at .