March 25: 8th annual Government Procurement Fair will be held in Bismarck

The 8th annual Government Procurement Fair, an opportunity for businesses to learn about government contracting and selling products and services to state, federal, and local governments, is set for 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CT Wednesday, March 25, at the State Capitol Building, 600 East Boulevard Avenue, Bismarck, ND.

The free event will feature workshops covering the topics of growing your business by selling your products and services to local, state and federal governments.  There will also be trade show exhibitors with representatives from prime contractors, federal and state agencies, as well as resource partners available for one-on-one visits.

It is sponsored by the North Dakota Procurement Technical Assistance Center (ND PTAC), UND Center for Business Engagement & Development and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

“Our annual Procurement Fair is a great opportunity for businesses to learn about government contracting, connect with resources and network with other businesses,” said Dave Kleppe, ND PTAC program manager. “This event will assist businesses just starting in government contracting and be informative to those already selling goods or services to government. “

“PTAC provides wonderful resources for people working with the government,” says Damita Engel, general manager of Metcalf Archaeological Consultants. “We appreciate them being there and continuing to add tools and resources for us to use.”

About the PTAC Program

The Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) was authorized by Congress in 1985 in an effort to expand the number of businesses capable of participating in the government marketplace. Administered by the Department of Defense’s Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), the program provides matching funds through cooperative agreements with state and local governments and non-profit organizations to operate Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) for the purpose of providing procurement assistance to all businesses – particularly small businesses – interested in participating in the government marketplace. Learn more at

This procurement technical assistance center is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Defense Logistics Agency. The ND PTAC is also supported by the ND Dept. of Commerce.

About the Center for Business Engagement & Development

The ND PTAC program is hosted by the University of North Dakota with leadership provided through the Center for Business Engagement & Development, a part of the Nistler College of Business & Public Administration. The Center serves as UND’s business outreach hub and also oversees the ND Small Business Development Centers and the Veterans Business Outreach Center. Learn more at

To register or for more information on the workshops or exhibitors, visit:

For more information or any questions, contact Cathy Lindquist, 701.261.0737,