USET Holds PTAC Workshop to begin a new partnership

(from left to right) Jeanne Turner, Jon Otto, and Barbara Williams

This spring USET and the Minnesota American Indian Chamber of Commerce (MAICC) entered into a memorandum of understanding and agreement to create a procurement technical assistance center (PTAC) to assist Tribal nations east of the Mississippi River with developing business and obtaining government contracts for goods and services. During the 2014 USET Semi-Annual meeting in Bar Harbor, Maine, members of the Native Diversification Network PTAC (NDN-PTAC) and MAICC held a workshop with the USET Economic Development and Entrepreneurship Committee. The members include those pictured (from left to right) Jeanne Turner, Jon Otto, and Barbara Williams. The development of a PTAC will take place this summer at the USET headquarters in Nashville. NDN-PTAC and MAICC received grant funding to develop the PTAC office with in-kind contributions from USET.

The services from the PTAC will not be limited to USET member Tribes. Services include one-on-one counseling with clients in the following areas of expertise, but are not limited to:

• Determining Suitability for Contracting
• Researching Procurement Histories
• Securing Necessary Registrations
• Identifying Bid Opportunities
• Certification Programs
• Networking
• Marketing

The development of a PTAC office at USET is one of the first steps to creating an economic development program to serve USET member Tribes.
NDN-PTAC is presently searching for a PTAC Coordinator to staff the office which will open here in Nashville. If you are interested and would like to know more about the position please contact NDN-PTAC Manager at:

Barbara L Williams
Program Manager
7100 Medicine Lake Rd.
Minneapolis, MN 55427