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

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Lori Manning

PTAC Program Director

Lori Manning comes to the Idaho 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 Idaho 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 Technical Assistance Centers including: strategic planning, development of resources, management of personnel, control budgets, and evaluation of program outputs.

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Beth Freeman

PTAC Business Consultant

Beth Freeman obtained her Associate degree in Business Administration from Arizona Western College while working as the Coordinator of the college’s Performing Arts Series 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 has three children and three grandchildren who motivate her daily. She has served in volunteer positions through her church and community, as PTO President, and Volunteer Coordinator. Beth is excited to be part of the Idaho PTAC team as they continue to support local businesses with government contracting.

Lee Velten

Lee Velten

PTAC Business Consultant

(208) 562-3746

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.

Bamidele Omotowa

Bamidele Omotowa

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.


Lori Farris

PTAC Business Consultant

(208) 599-7776

Lori Farris comes to PTAC with over 15 years of procurement experience in both the private industry and the University setting. She served early in her career as a purchasing agent for a reverse osmosis water filter manufacturer and as a buyer at Northern Arizona University. She earned her CPM certification in 2000. Her most recently held position was that of Assistant Director of Purchasing Operations for Boise State University.

Lori has extensive experience in writing, issuing, analyzing and awarding informal bids, ITBs and RFPs. While fulfilling the Assistant Director role at BSU, she worked closely with the Office of Sponsored Programs to bring the University into compliance with federal regulations (Uniform Guidance) which govern the procurement requirements of federal funds awarded to the University. She was also responsible for the implementation and oversight of the Diversity Business Program.

Lori has lived in Idaho for 23 years and enjoys many of the outdoor activities that our great state of Idaho has to offer. She is excited to now be working on the vendor side to assist Idaho businesses in their success with participation in state, local and federal contracts.

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