Keeping small businesses alive in a down economy is tough. But it’s easier if you know New Jersey Institute of Technology’s (NJIT) Dolcey Chaplin. Since 1986, Chaplin, an attorney, who’s a resident of Ridgewood, has directed a successful program at NJIT. The Defense Procurement Technical Assistance Center (DPTAC) at NJIT, enables small businesses, many of them women and minority-owned, to obtain lucrative government and corporate contracts. Largely matching grants from NJIT and the U.S.Department of Defense (DOD) support the center. Services are provided free of charge to the public.
(Attention Editors: Chaplin invites you to attend the annual contract signing between DOD and NJIT. The event, which includes a light breakfast will be held Nov. 3, 2003, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., Room 3730, Guttenberg Information Technologies Center (GITC),Lock St. and Central Ave.. Colonel Mark L. Grotke, Commander DCMA, Springfield, and NJIT President Robert A. Altenkirch will attend. Call Rosalyn Roberts, 973-596-3433, for parking and directions.)
“I strongly urge small business owners throughout New Jersey to give me a call and see what we are about,” says Chaplin. “This year our clients were awarded more than $300 million in government contracts. These small businesses looked at the deficit as a positive! They saw that the government was spending money, and if they correctly positioned their businesses, they could be the recipients of the government’s huge demand for goods and services.”
Indeed, businesses owners pressed for time need not worry about traveling far from home to take advantage of this service. Although DPTAC’s main office is located in Newark, other offices are located in Trenton, Mount Holly, Camden and Atlantic City. For more information about visiting an office near you call, 973-596-3105.
DPTAC provides assistance to business firms through the sponsorship of outreach workshops and seminars, the implementation of government market research in the form of bid information opportunities, and one-on-one counseling sessions on all aspects of government procurement. The Center’s offerings have reflected the changes in the government market place.
“It sounds like a simple process, but isn’t,” says Chaplin. “We train our clients in e-commerce, educate them about the varied aspects of the bidding process and strongly advocate the use of certification as a potent tool to obtain prime and subcontracting opportunities.” Chaplin’s clients have included diverse companies ranging from glove manufacturers to warehousing operations.
Since 1986, DPTAC has created $995 million in contract awards won by New Jersey businesses, $1.9 billion in economic activity in New Jersey and created or retained 29,000 jobs.
Generally, a small business is defined by federal regulations to include those manufacturing companies that employ less than 500 workers. A service company's size is determined by annual gross sales.