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Money Matters: Government Contracting Connection

Many local businesses don't know they have an ally in helping secure government contracts. An ally that comes at no cost.
Many local businesses don't know they have an ally in helping secure government contracts.

An ally that comes at no cost.

"We're out here. We're here to help," said Kelly Ford, Program Director NWLA PTAC.

"We're good at what we do," adds NWLA PTAC Procurement Counselor Jeanene Deen.

What the Northwest Louisiana Government Procurement Center does is connect all area businesses, small or large, to government contract opportunities.

"That's really why we are funded, is to help businesses grow," said Ford. "We do market research. We tell them how that particular agency buys or who buys what they sell."

"The Depart of Justice, completely on up the ladder, on a federal basis. We never stop," said Deen.

And because the agency is federally funded, their services are provided to you in a co-operative agreement with the Shreveport Chamber of Commerce for free.

Last year the NWLA PTAC clients secured $78.5 million in government contracts. Over the past five years, more than $690 million.

"We've recently been awarded the contract for the Overton Brooks area," said PTAC client Steve Lindsley, the owner of Arnold Orthotics & Prosthetics. "I contact Jeanene regularly. I ask her about all kinds of things related to business. She's just a wonderful resource.

Chad Pody Construction owner Angela Pody is also a client.

"It's very rewarding to know that it's for free," said Pody. "Government contracting. Government proposal writing. We will forever be grateful to the ladies in this office."

Both recently landed government contracts with PTAC's blue print.

"Call and make an appointment as soon as you can. And then follow the advise that you are given," said Lindsley. "They'll help you every step along the way." 
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