Cathy Lindquist named Certified Procurement Professional

Cathy Lindquist
Cathy Lindquist

The UND Center for Business Engagement & Development is pleased to announce that Cathy Lindquist of the North Dakota Procurement Technical Assistance Center (ND PTAC), has achieved certification as a Certified Procurement Professional (CPP).

The Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Center’s (APTAC) CPP Certification signifies extensive knowledge and experience in the wide range of subject areas required to provide comprehensive and effective assistance to businesses interested in government contracting. Lindquist was required to complete over 85 hours of training and demonstrate capability in 34 different topics to be eligible for certification. Not only has she shown an in-depth understanding of the Federal Acquisition Regulations, government acquisition processes, proposal preparation, post-award administration and other issues, she has demonstrated the ability to teach and guide small business owners whether they be newcomers to the government marketplace or more experienced contractors seeking specialized help. Attaining CPP Certification is an important and noteworthy achievement.

“Congratulations to Cathy on this significant professional designation!  The CPP is not an easy task to accomplish. Cathy’s persistence and determination to complete this extensive course has paid off, and we are so proud of her achievement.  We know that our clients and the entire ND business development network will benefit from Cathy’s knowledge and experience in this regard,” says Tiffany Ford, Associate Director of the UND Center for Business Engagement & Development.

Lindquist has worked for the ND PTAC since December of 2017 and serves clients across the state from a Fargo office location. Previously, she was the executive director of the West Central Minnesota SBDC, located in Moorhead, MN, for more than five years before joining a North Dakota-based engineering firm as its marketing manager.

APTAC is the professional organization of and for the 98 Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs), including the ND PTAC, awarded under the Department of Defense’s Procurement Technical Assistance Program. APTAC supports the PTACs by providing them comprehensive training opportunities and certification, critical updates on ever changing procurement processes across all federal agencies, networking forums so that PTAC professionals across the country can share best practices and draw upon their collective expertise, and a national presence to collaborate with federal agencies on small business contracting initiatives and otherwise provide a voice in national government contracting assistance and policy arenas.

The ND PTAC has been hosted by the University of North Dakota since October, 2017 and is a resource for assisting North Dakota businesses in obtaining federal, state, and local government contracts. Their advisors work with businesses to identify government contracting opportunities by providing confidential, no cost, one-on-one counseling on how to pursue and perform under contracts with federal agencies, state & local governments and businesses with government prime contracts.

Services also include training webinars as well as workshops around the state and an annual procurement event with one-on-one matchmaking opportunities. Their team is here to assist your business with navigating the government contracting learning curve and making the whole process easier.

For more information, contact the North Dakota Procurement Technical Assistance Center at ndptac@und.edu.