How to Become a Vendor with SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority )
How to Become a Vendor with SEPTA
Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) offers a vast option of transit services, including buses, trolleys, trackless trolleys, subways, Regional Rail (our commuter rail).
SEPTA’s procurement & contracts department is committed to providing a full and open competitive environment for procurement opportunities. With a particular emphasis on contracting opportunities for small, minority and women-owned businesses, SEPTA offers technical assistance, training, and other resources for vendors looking to do business with them.
Learn how you can get started at this seminar, and find out just how easy it is to bid with SEPTA.
Get Free Assistance with Government Contracting
The PTAC Team will discuss the free services offered to small business owners when exploring government contracting opportunities.
Mary E. Connell
Director, Office of Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, SEPTA
Mary is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and has been employed with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) for more than twenty years. During her tenure with SEPTA, she has held a variety of positions with progressive responsibility, primarily in the DBE Program Office.
Currently, Mary is the Director of the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program Office at SEPTA. She is responsible for directing and administering all aspects of the Transit Authority’s DBE Program to ensure compliance with federal, state and local laws for the inclusion of small, minority and women-owned businesses in contracting opportunities.
She also represents SEPTA in the State of Pennsylvania’s Unified Certification Program (PA UCP), currently serving as the Chairperson for the PA UCP DBE Certification Appeals Committee, and is a member of the Women’s Transportation Seminar.
Maryann brings over 30 years of government contracting experience to her position as director of UCEDC’s PTAC program. She brings a unique perspective to the job as she’s held positions on both sides of the table – helping businesses to obtain government contracts as well as overseeing the government contract process for a manufacturing concern in New Jersey.
Following an 18-year tenure as a senior contracting official for Greenbrier Industries in Englewood Cliffs, Maryann served as director of the Rockland County PTAC for 13 years. She joined UCEDC in 2007, and under her direction, the PTAC program was awarded the 2010 “Outstanding Center Award” by the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC).
In her role as a procurement counselor with UCEDC’s PTAC program, Nadine assists small business owners with marketing and selling their products and services to federal, state and local government agencies.
With more than 20 years of combined experience in both the public and private sectors of government contracting, Nadine has a thorough grasp of how to navigate the government contracting system. She believes that this familiarity enables her to successfully help small businesses understand how to find, bid, win, and perform on government contracts.