State and federal agencies spend billions of dollars on goods and services each year. That’s a lot of money, and a big opportunity to grow your business.
The Idaho PTAC is doing big things with Idaho businesses. Read about our Economic Impact.
No matter the size of your business, you can bid on government contracts. Most federal purchases under $250,000 are reserved for small businesses.
The Idaho PTAC can help you tap into this market through our Idaho Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC). PTAC tracks local, state, and federal bid opportunities, and alerts you to those that match your product and service profile. PTAC registration is free and we offer workshops and one-on-one trainings to get you started.
If you have questions or need more information about the Idaho PTAC, please contact us.
Meet the Staff
PTAC Program Director
Lori Manning comes to the PTAC program with over 24 years of experience in the education sector. Lori has served as a teacher, coach, principal, superintendent and education consultant. Lori’s primary focus has been to help non-profit organizations achieve independence and financial success.
Lori Manning will serve the State of Idaho as the PTAC Program Director to support small businesses in their endeavor to be awarded federal, state and local vendor contracts. She will also provide leadership and management of the Idaho Procurement Assistance Centers including: strategic planning, development of resources, management of personnel, control budgets, and evaluation of program outputs.
PTAC Administrative Assistant
Michell joined the PTAC team in January of 2019. She is the Procurement Technical Assistance Center’s Administrative Assistant and assists staff with various duties while directing PTAC clients to the appropriate Counseling Specialist.
Michell brings an extensive background working in Public Education sector for over 15 years, an additional 4 years’ experience working in Health and Human Services. Michell is a previous small nonprofit business owner and also has experience in working in the office of a Family & Criminal Law Attorney.
Michell is currently pursuing an MDS B.A. degree minoring in Sociology with an emphasis in Conflict Management. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.
PTAC Business Consultant
Beth Freeman obtained her Associate degree in Business Administration from Arizona Western College while working as the Coordinator of the college Performing Arts and School Outreach Program. She was awarded the Arizona Board of Regents Scholarship leading to her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Northern Arizona University.
Beth was hired as a command advisor and Director of Family Programs for the Marine Corps while living in Japan and continued in that role for Marine Corps Special Forces in southern California. She then transitioned into business consulting in the franchise industry where she evaluated small businesses in their pursuit of franchise growth. Upon arrival to northern Idaho, Beth became a licensed esthetician and opened a successful skincare business.
Beth has lived in Japan twice and travelled throughout Asia and Europe. She is the wife of a retired Marine, and mother of a Marine Corps Captain. Beth has 3 children and 3 grandchildren that motivate her daily. She has served in volunteer positions through her church and community, as PTO President, Volunteer Coordinator and Humanitarian Services volunteer. Beth brings with her a keen eye for details and a drive to educate and assist small business owners in their pursuits of success.
PTAC Business Consultant
Lee Velten joined the Idaho SBDC in August, 2015 as the PTAC Business Consultant. He is responsible for providing assistance to Idaho-based businesses in their efforts to find, win and successfully perform on federal, state, local government and large industry contracts.
Prior to joining the SBDC, Velten worked 5 years in the PTAC program at the Idaho Department of Commerce. Prior to his joining the Idaho PTAC, Lee managed restaurants in the Boise area and worked as a food officer with the Ada County Sheriff’s Office. Lee retired from the US Army in 1993 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel after serving 23 years on active duty in a myriad of assignments.
Lee holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Dayton and is a graduate of the US Army Command & General Staff College.
Lee and his wife Mechel have four adult children and three grandchildren and have been residents of Boise since his retirement from the military.
PTAC Business Consultant
Bamidele has over 20 years of postdoctoral research in the chemical technology field. His research has led to 12 US patents and has been published in 17 professional journals. Bamidele has extensive knowledge about business, and how to win government contracts for small businesses.
Prior to joining the PTAC program, he worked for Pearlhill Technologies. Bam has a PhD in Chemistry from University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria.