The Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC) yesterday presented the Minnesota Procurement Technical Assistance Center, a service of Meda, with a national award in recognition of their Veteran Verification Pilot Clinic project. Recognized in the Outstanding Project of the Year category, the pilot clinic was awarded for “delivering a standout project that can serve as a role model for other PTACs to emulate.” This is the first time the Minnesota PTAC has been recognized in the APTAC Outstanding Project of the Year award category.
“This pilot clinic was a huge step forward for Minnesota’s veteran business owners. And as there is always a need to get businesses verified and ready for government contracting, I am excited to see a successful blueprint that can be repeated in the future,” said Gary Cunningham, Meda President and CEO.
As a service of Meda, an economic development non-profit that serves Minnesota entrepreneurs, MN PTAC sets out to find a unique way to make veteran verification a seamless process for business owners.
Many government contracts have set-asides available for Veteran Owned Small Businesses and Service Disabled Small Businesses; however, in order to qualify for a set-aside, an applicant must be verified. Veteran Verification is the process that evaluates and determines a business’s eligibility to qualify as a Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB) or Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB).
The Veteran Verification Pilot Clinic was created to better accomplish this process from the perspectives of the veteran and PTAC Counselors. Veterans’ primary goals were: 1) to be assisted in understanding the entire process from start to finish; 2) to properly prepare the required documents before submission; and 3) to reduce the number of requests for further review and examination. Ultimately, the desired result was shorter time to receive final CVE Verification status. The PTAC Counselors’ primary goals were fewer repetitive individual trainings and more time freed up to train in quality group settings with on-site preparation and submission of applications.
“I am honored that our team received this award and proud that we were recognized for our efforts in serving Minnesota’s veteran entrepreneurs,” said Mark Cooper, MN PTAC Metro Area Manager and co-creator of the Pilot Program.
As a result of the award-winning Pilot Clinic, more veterans are successfully getting approved in shorter time periods with minimal follow-up questions or additional document requests.
“The Pilot Clinic was very hands-on and offered a customized approach for each participating business,” said Sherri Komrosky, MN PTAC Director. “As we look toward future clinics, we are hoping to serve more VOSBs and SDVOSBs and assist them in getting verified.”
Every clinic participant was hand-selected by PTAC Counselors to ensure full commitment. Each participant received a personal phone interview for assessment/readiness and was later provided information regarding expectations, study materials and necessary pre-class work. Participants were also sent an agenda in advance of each clinic session along with guidelines for documents to bring for review.
The Veteran Verification Clinic has become so popular that each session carries a wait list and all current sessions are fully booked.
About MN PTAC
Since 1991, the MN PTAC has contributed to the growth of Minnesota’s economy by providing its clients with counseling and procurement technical assistance of the highest quality and relevancy. MN PTAC provides technical and marketing assistance to all Minnesota businesses interested in selling their products and services to the government. MN PTAC provides the necessary tools to be competitive in the contracting arena.
Using market identification, registration assistance, contracting regulations/compliance assistance and on-going technical support, MN PTAC helps businesses navigate through the complicated intricacies of obtaining federal, state and local government contracts. Staff is located throughout the state to better assist all of Minnesota. MN PTAC staff advises and assists clients in the identification of market opportunities as well as the preparation and proper submission of applications, certifications, and registrations necessary for them to do business with government entities.
Learn more about MN PTAC at www.mnptac.org
APTAC is the professional organization of and for the 98 Procurement Technical Assistance Centers in the United States. APTAC supports the PTACs by providing them information, professional networking, comprehensive training opportunities, and a voice in national government contracting assistance and policy arenas.
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