FREE Bid Match Service Pilot Program
300 Free Subscriptions Available. $165 Value.
OMWBE is pleased to partner with the Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) to provide an electronic Bid Match Service to in-state OMWBE state certified firms. The Bid Match Service is a software subscription that searches 1500 government bid sites for solicitations based on keywords and other criteria. With the assistance of the PTAC Advisors, once the customized business profile is set up, the system will search multiple government websites to uncover new government bid opportunities. Based on the search results, the firm will receive a daily email with bid opportunities that match the firm’s profile and link directly to the public posting.
Why is OMWBE partnering with PTAC?
The 2019 Disparity Study recommendations included partnering with PTAC to increase government contracting opportunities to OMWBE state certified businesses. This pilot program moves the state closer to fulfilling these recommendations.
What are the eligibility criteria?
- The business must be headquartered in Washington State.
- The business must be a OMWBE state certified firm (i.e., MBE, MWBE, WBE, CBE, or a SEDBE).
- The business must be listed in the OMWBE online Directory of Certified Firms by the Bid Match start date.
- Complete the PTAC Bid Match Application found here.
To learn more about PTAC’s bid match service, go to www.washingtonptac.org/bid-match. This website includes more information and an educational video about the bid match service.
Is Bid Match a useful tool for my business?
If your business is actively searching for government contracting opportunities, Bid Match can save you time from searching multiple websites for bid notices. Consider talking with a PTAC Advisor about your government contracting goals to see if Bid Match fits into your firm’s strategy.
How does it work?
PTAC’s Bid Match Service will provide a no-cost 12-month electronic bid matching service subscription to three hundred (300) in state, OMWBE, state certified firms. Normally, a firm would pay $165/year for the bid match service. The 12-month subscription starts when the firm’s Bid Match profile is set up by the PTAC Advisor.
The 300 no-cost subscriptions are offered on a first come, first serve basis.
When does the pilot start?
The Bid Match Service Pilot starts Monday, July 19, 2021 and runs through December 31, 2021 or when PTAC has accepted 300 in state, state certified firms.
Where do I apply?
If you are interested in the pilot and meet the eligibility requirements, please complete the PTAC Bid Match Application found here. Once complete, a PTAC Advisor will contact you to set-up your firm’s online bid match profile.
Who to you contact if you have questions?
Questions related to the PTAC bid match service, please contact Marnie Tyson at Marnie@WashingtonPTAC.org.
Questions related to OMWBE state certification, please contact Pamela Jorden at Pamelaj@omwbe.wa.gov.