FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Raleigh, NC — The Small Business and Technology Development Center’s (SBTDC) Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) takes the lead in North Carolina for counseling Veteran and Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) newly developed Verification Assistance Program.
The program will help Veterans understand the verification policy and process. As a part of the VA’s Veterans First Program, contract set-asides are available for Veteran-Owned Small Businesses and Service-Disabled Small Businesses; however, an applicant must be verified to qualify. Verification is the process by which a Veteran is evaluated and determined eligible to be listed in the Vendor Information Pages (VIP) database.
Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC’s) are listed as Verification Assistance Partners. Verification Assistance Partners are available to assist applicants who are interested in becoming eligible for Service-Disabled Veteran Owned or Veteran-Owned Small Business set-asides with the VA. The North Carolina PTAC has five certified counselors:
Ariana Billingsley, PTAC Counselor
BTDC at East Carolina University
Clark Fields, PTAC Counselor
SBTDC at Western Carolina University
George Griffin, PTAC Counselor
SBTDC at North Carolina A & T University
Terry Stroud, PTAC Counselor
SBTDC at Fayetteville State University
Mark G. Mill, PTAC Program Director
SBTDC at North Carolina State University
For additional information on the Department of Veterans Affairs Verification Assistance Program, please visit www.va.gov/osdbu/veteran/vap.asp
The SBTDC is North Carolina’s leading resource for growing and developing businesses. Since 1984, the SBTDC has helped over 125,000 North Carolina business owners and prospective entrepreneurs make better decisions – often leading to increased revenue and employment. The SBTDC has 16 regional offices across North Carolina. Each office is supported by a local state university and staffed by specially trained professionals – most with prior business ownership or executive experience. The SBTDC is a business advisory service of the University of North Carolina System, administered statewide by NC State University and operated in partnership with the US Small Business Administration. For more information, visit www.sbtdc.org.
CONTACT: Mark G. Mills
PHONE: (828) 345 – 1115