When we opened our doors nearly six years ago, the New Mexico Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) had two counselors and an office in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. Now that PTAP has grown to seven offices and covers the entire state, PTAP remains the only no-cost government contracting assistance program across the Land of Enchantment.
Our success in delivering this service depends on our clients’ success, and as your new program manager, we plan on strengthening our delivery of that one-on-one expertise. In 2014, we saw a number of small businesses with an average of five to 10 employees and $5 million to $10 million in annual sales procure some sizable federal contracts. We also helped our 1,100th client last year, a record since we began in 2009.
So far in 2015, we filled a position in Las Cruces with Karen Medina, a Certified Public Procurement Officer and a local and state government contracting expert with 17 years of experience. Karen’s expertise includes city and state government as the City of Las Cruces’ senior buyer and purchasing manager, where she oversaw seven positions, the city’s contracts, goods and services, and a $70 million budget. Prior to the city, Medina spent 13 years at New Mexico State University, with seven years as a buyer in the Purchasing Department. We also moved Elaine Palin, our Santa Fe-based Northern New Mexico advisor, from PTAP’s headquarters at the Santa Fe Community College to SFCC’s new Higher Education Center to better support our clients.
And this month we will officially kick off our three-month Tap Into PTAP online campaign, which will involve greater involvement in social media and online advertising on some of the state’s news websites. The campaign goal is to gain new clients and inform the general public about what we do, reminding folks that government contracting help is just a click away. Tap Into PTAP will be branded with a hash tag and also include tips from our seven advisors and success stories from our clientele.
We invite you to look for this information under the “Latest News” section on our website and share your tips, photos, videos, testimonials and stories on our and your personal Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts using #TapIntoPTAP. PTAP would not exist without the success—and challenges—of our clients.