Government Contracting

Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)

Increase your sales with government contracting

As a small business interested in pursuing government contracts, it can be overwhelming to navigate the process alone. Being able to pursue government contracts knowledgeably gives your business an advantage.

The Florida SBDC at USF’s Government Contracting services, through its PTAC, can help your company bid and win government contracts. Our professionally certified business consultants with prior experience in government contracting, offer no-cost consulting to help your business with a variety of needs, including:


  • Bid/Proposal preparation
  • Obtaining registrations
  • Obtaining Certifications
  • Marketing to government and prime contractors
  • Navigating conferences and events
  • Contract administration

This Procurement Technical Assistance Center is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Defense Logistics Agency.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to already be in business?
Do I need to be registered with the government to get contracts?
What resources are available for working with the government?
Do I need to get certified to do business with the government?
Is there any training available to teach me how to work with the government?


  • Karen E. Krymski

    Florida SBDC at USF, Tampa

    Specialty: Government Contracting, Marketing

    Karen Krymski has more than 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur, owning a firm that specialized in marketing, business development, public affairs, organizational leadership and strategic planning. Clients ranged from start-up small businesses to Fortune 500 companies (gold emblem brands). Her company was retained to assist in achieving clients’ strategic direction, branding and revenue goals and most retained her firm for successful execution following the planning process. Krymski’s industry knowledge spans a broad range and includes medical (behavioral health, physician practices and home healthcare) and dental; utilities (water, wastewater, solid waste and recycling); and retail promotions. She built a successful federal government business pipeline for a women-owned IT security company and also founded a local chapter of a national women’s business organization, achieving 350 invested members within a four year period. She earned a bachelor’s in health education and a master’s in public health planning from the University of Pittsburgh and completed a hospital administrative residency in Fort Myers. In 2007, she was honored as the Managing Director of the Year by eWomenNetwork, was a finalist in 2008 for the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Businesswoman of the Year and was awarded the Iconic Woman award in 2012 from the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce.