OHA: Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Federal Contracts (HI-PTAC)

The United States Congress, under the National Defense Authorization Act, created the Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP). Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC) were established nationwide to reach out to local businesses and assist them with obtaining government contracts and subcontracts. On May 1, 2011, the Federal Government awarded a grant to a non-profit limited liability corporation by the name of Hookipaipai LLC under the Office of Hawaiian Affairs through a cooperative agreement to continue services to Hawaii business as the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) in Hawai‘i. There are ninety-seven PTACs across the nation. They form a national network of procurement professionals dedicated to providing you with:

  1. an understanding of government procurement requirements,
  2. guidance on how to evaluate and respond to solicitations, and
  3. how to win government contracts.


  • Assist small businesses in Hawai‘i with securing government contracts and sub-contracts.
  • Maximize partnerships between eligible small businesses with prime contractors or big businesses.
  • Help drive the local economy by increasing government contracts awarded to Hawai`i companies.


Hawai‘i PTAC provides a wide range of assistance to businesses through both, specialized professional training and technical assistance. All assistance and training are free of charge.

  • Counseling: One-on-one sessions with our counselors are designed to guide you on how to obtain government solicitations, prepare bids or offers and win contracts.
  • Bid Matching: Procurement notices are sent to you daily in computerized form from major bid sources such as FedBizOps, Defense Logistics Agency, and local data bases which are current and relevant to your business.
  • Market Research: Provide web-based and other free resources, such as agency forecasts and procurement events.
  • Bid Preparation: Help with understanding the government’s request for proposals (RFP’s), such as bid proposal requirements and procedures for submitting bids. Assistance with reviewing your bid documents.
  • Registration and Certification: Assistance with the registration in government databases, such as Dun & Bradstreet (D&B), Central Contractor Registration (CCR), SBA’s Small Business Dynamic Search, and Online Representations and Certifications Applications (ORCA).
  • Education and Training: Conduct seminars and workshops on a variety of procurement topics such as doing business with the government, preparing RFPs, disadvantaged small business, minority owned small business, 8(a) Certification, women owned small business, veteran owned small business, Native Hawaiian organizations, joint ventures, teaming and partnerships, subcontracting, and doing business with the General Services Administration (GSA).
  • Business Networking: Sponsor and coordinate matchmaking events for prime contractors and small businesses that may lead to teaming agreements, prime and subcontracting opportunities.

Are you a local business looking for government contracts? Visit the Hawai‘i Procurement Technical Assistance Center today at http://www.hiptac.org/.



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