Massachusetts Procurement Technical Assistance Center


 Training Schedule


The Procurement Technical Assistance Center offers training on procurement. Seminars are offered at no charge and held in Massachusetts unless otherwise noted. For information on other business training offered by the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network, visit

2017 Training Calendar
Nov. 15 How to Become a GSA Federal Supply Schedule Holder and Government Contracting 101 (Boston)
Nov. 16 How to Write a Powerful Capability Statement (Haverhill)
Dec. 07 Connecting Your Business to the Commonwealth (Salem)
Dec. 13 How to Become a GSA Federal Supply Schedule Holder and Government Contracting 101 (Boston)

















How to Become a GSA Federal Supply Schedule Holder and Government Contracting 101

PTAC         SBA

This free one-day workshop is typically held once a month in Boston.

This workshop, designed to encourage and support small businesses interested in obtaining a GSA Federal Supply Schedule contract; learn more about contracting opportunities, the procurement process and resources available.

Not sure which solicitation applies to your product or service? Refer to GSA's Schedules e-Library website in order to view or download solicitations. You can also view and download solicitations by visiting the Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) website.

Before attending the workshop, please review the GSA Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Program and the GSA Vendor Tool Box. Please direct any questions regarding the GSA MAS Program to the GSA MAS Helpdesk (National Customer Service Center) by phone at 1-800-488-3111 or by email at

To register for an event, click on the specific date below and you will be transferred to the registration form. Space is limited to the first 25 participants, so register early!

Dates:  November 15, 2017 | December 13, 2017
Time: Registration 9:45 a.m.; Program 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr. Federal Building, 10 Causeway Street, 1st Floor, Boston - check exact room location on registration form
Cost: Free
Contact: Questions about GSA Multiple Award Schedules Program, contact the GSA MAS Helpdesk at 800-488-3111 or by email at For difficulties with seminar registration, please contact Len Green at or 781-820-4302.

Cosponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Government Contracting

How to Write a Powerful Capability Statement

A capability statement is a promotional or marketing statement about your business and its capabilities and skills that advertises who you are and what you do. It is a critical tool with tips and tricks to help you market to government agencies and prime contractors.

Guest speakers:

  • Kristina Camerota, Procurement Analyst — Massachusetts Procurement Technical Assistance Center
  • Lisa Gonzales Welch, Economic Development Specialist — U.S. Small Business Administration

Space is limited, so register early!

Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017
Time: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.  
Location: Chamber Conference Room, 80 Merrimack Street, 2nd Floor, Haverhill
Cost: FREE  
Contact: Please RSVP to 978-373-5663 or

Cosponsored by TD Bank, Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce and SBA

Connecting Your Business to the Commonwealth

Would you like to know how to become a vendor for the Commonwealth? In FY17, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts spent in excess of $5 billion on construction and goods and services that were purchased from statewide and non-statewide contract vendors. The Commonwealth's goal is to ensure that diverse businesses participate in this spending, either as prime contractors or through a wide range of partnerships with prime contractors.

This workshop, conducted by the Massachusetts Operational Services Division, provides and overview of the State's goods and services procurement process, the Small Business Purchasing Program and the Supplier Diversity Program.

The moderator will be Maria DiStefano, Northeast regional director of the Massachusetts Office of Business Development. The speaker will be Zelpha Bennett, a trainer with the Operational Services Division.

Date: Thursday, December 7, 2017
8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Location: Enterprise Center at Salem State University, 121 Loring Avenue, Suite 106, Salem
Cost: Free
Contact: Lesley Smythe at the Enterprise Center at or 978-542-7528

register online

Cosponsored by the Enterprise Center at Salem State University, Massachusetts Office of Business Development and Massachusetts Operational Services Division