The SBTDC’s State of Small Business Blog

  • PTAC Client Success Story: Rescue Essentials Jun 27, 2019 By Donna Warren, PTAC Counselor at UNC-Wilmington Rescue Essentials founder Phil Carey cut his teeth as a Wilderness First Responder and EMT. His first effort at providing medical supplies began in 1989 with Atwater Carey Ltd. In 2007 Phil formed a partnership with Jorian Sartorius (formerly VP at Atwater Carey Ltd.) and Sara Jensen, and ... Read more »
  • Contracting Assistance Programs Jun 10, 2019 The United States Federal Government has continued to increase its level of public spending for supplies and services by utilizing private companies to fulfil their needs through contract awards. Small to Mid-Sized companies have a tremendous opportunity to grow and diversify their business opportunities by venturing into this marketplace. Understanding what is essential to ... Read more »
  • Supply Chain Apr 26, 2019 By Mark Robinson, PTAC Counselor – Supply Chain at North Carolina State University The supply chain function is so rooted in the business process that we often overlook it in favor of individual business operations because the term “supply chain” is so broad. Employees will often identify as working in finance, operations, customer service, or manufacturing… ... Read more »
  • Marketing to the Federal Government Apr 26, 2019 By Joel Guge, PTAC counselor at North Carolina State University As we approach Marketplace 2019, being held at the Durham Sheraton Imperial on May 29th, now is a good time to revisit the vendor’s vitally important foundation block of successfully selling to government agencies: the marketing of a business’ goods and services to those government agencies. ... Read more »
  • National Science Foundation SBIR/STTR Program Overview – Webinar Mar 28, 2019 Read more »
  • The DUNS number—a unique ID for organizations doing business with the government—will be phased out in favor of a new identifier with a new name and vendor. Mar 28, 2019 By Aaron Boyd, Senior Editor, NEXGOV March 19, 2019 A new vendor is taking over management of the vendor verification system run through the General Services Administration, ending a 20-year dynasty for the company that established the Data Universal Numbering System, or DUNS. Through the Integrated Award Environment, GSA issues each vendor or organization that does business ... Read more »

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