Owner, Vern's Bar-B-Que & Catering
Having been in business for over 26 years, I thought I was successful. I cater for the NFL, NBA, FEMA, American Red Cross, Office of Homeland Security and my local Parish Government as well as catering for the private sector. I am (8)a, WBE, MBE, WOSB, EDWOSB and DBE certified. I had made a couple of attempts to land government contracts but to no avail. So I began to pray for guidance. It started with me needing to go backwards to move forward. I had heard about this agency that could help and that occasionally held seminars. So I made the best decision ever; I contacted LA PTAC. The staff was amazing - they listened and they kept in contact to see how I was progressing. While working with them, a government contract solicitation was advertised. Believe me when I say if it were not for LA PTAC, I would not be in my second year of a five-year contract. I am currently the caterer contracted to feed the US Marshals at Camp Beauregard in Pineville, LA.
I am forever grateful for their services and have tremendous respect for the work that they do.
Government Sales Procurement Manager, Hanko's Metal Works
In the year 2018, Hanko's Metal Works entered a new company milestone; we become a GSA schedule contractor. Our future now looks brighter to become a valued government supplier. Applying for a GSA schedule contract is a long, tedious and sometimes frustrating process. Without the help of Jane Kulick and the Louisiana PTAC staff, the application process would have been much more difficult and would have taken much more time and effort. They continually provided hands-on assistance and guidance and went beyond Hanko's Metal Works’ expectations.
"Hanko's Metal Works highly recommends that any LA business that is looking for assistance in existing or new businesses to contact the LAPTAC. They are great!"
President, BlueWater Analytics
"I want to thank the Louisiana PTAC for all the help and guidance during the bidding process for the Hydroseeding part of the Naval Air Station water distribution project. This would not have happened without your help! Contract Award from Naval Air Station - New Orleans for hydro-seeding 1 million square feet."
VP of Logistics, Scarlett Logistics
"We went to our local PTAC to ask for assistance in collecting funds owed to us by a WBE Prime. We were assisted by Eileen Lodge and she was able to get through to the Prime when we had been ignored for weeks. She was fair but firm in telling the Prime what their payment responsibilities were. She even followed up the next week to make sure the Prime communicated to us as promised. We were able to pick up a check for full payment the very next week."
Office Manager, Advantage Payroll, LLD
"The Louisiana PTAC has worked with us over the past three years to obtain our GSA schedule, then worked with us on marketing our GSA schedule to government agencies. After successfully obtaining our GSA schedule and hiring a sales representative focusing directly on government contracting and GSA efforts, we have have received multiple government contracts via the GSA schedule procurement tool." Advantage Personnel was recently awarded LA PTAC
Contractor of Year at the Louisiana Economic Development Small Business Awards event at the Governor's Mansion on May 2, 2017. Advantage Personnel recently secured a contract with IEM for staff augmentation for the LA Restore Flood Recovery Project."
Maria Marrero Darden
Business Director, Marrero, Couvillon & Associates, L.L.C.
"At my first meeting with PTAC, Cindy Carrier asked “So why haven’t you pursued 8(a) status? I can help you if you like!” She planted a seed in my head and we are very grateful we listened. Cindy followed us through the process of applying for 8(a) certification and also made sure our profile on SAM accurately reflected the capacity and past performance of our consulting engineering business.
The services PTAC offers tremendously cut down on research time. Since receiving our certification Cindy has facilitated appointments with the Corp of Engineers and even attended the meeting with us. MCA is fortunate to have Cindy and PTAC cheering us on."