On June 6, the Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center is hosting a forum to encourage local small businesses to engage with local, state, and federal governments.

The free event will take place at the Thurston EDC Center for Business & Innovation, Washington PTAC’s main office. Government agencies including the cities of Tumwater, Olympia, Lacey; Thurston County; Olympia Public Schools; the Port of Olympia; and South Puget Sound Community College will be present to answer questions and provide information to business owners.

“We are delighted to offer an event that helps connect local government agencies to qualified firms from our region. It’ll be a great opportunity for everyone to learn from each other,” said Tiffany Scroggs, Washington PTAC’s program manager.

With nine counselors working around the state, Washington PTAC helps businesses to find and win government contracts. Last year, businesses involved with the program won a total of $300 million in government contracts and subcontracts. In Thurston County alone, 194 businesses won $24 million in government contracts.

For more information about the forum, which takes place from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on June 6 at 4220 Sixth Avenue in Lacey, visit Washington PTAC’s website, or email Kate Hoy at khoy@thurstonedc.com.