ND APEX Accelerator

A resource for assisting North Dakota businesses in obtaining federal, state, and local government contracts.

January 2024: Subcontracting? Absolutely!

Categories: Subcontracting

  When government contracts are mentioned, most people think about working directly with the government. If this is all you think, you are missing many opportunities as a subcontractor. First, definitions: Prime Contractor: Organization, generally a business, that holds the contract and works directly with the government. Subcontractor: An organization, typically a business, which holds […]

Oct 2023: Gems of the North Dakota APEX Accelerator

Categories: About ND APEX

How long has it been since you explored the North Dakota APEX Accelerator website? If it has been a while, it is time to make the trip. And because of our name change, our URL has been updated to reflect our new name, ND APEX Accelerator (ND APEX for short). To help you, we shared […]

Sept 2023 ‘SAM’ Power Tools

Categories: SAM.GOV

  SAM, the System for Award Management, is a powerful ally in the world of federal contracting. This legacy system houses source material to assist in federal contracting. It evolves based on user input and adds new features monthly. SAM  provides open opportunities, contract data, wage determination, federal hierarchy, entity information, entity reporting, and assistance […]

July 2023: Don’t Take the Bait: Beware of Misleading Marketing, Imposters, and Phishing

Categories: SAM.GOV

We are sharing an article written by the General Service Administration (GSA). Federal government agencies work to raise awareness about known online scams and fraudulent schemes that target government system users. From time to time, GSA and IAE share information about common fraud schemes that target vendors registered in the System for Award Management (SAM). […]

April 2023: Changes to SAM…Oh, Yeah!

Categories: SAM.GOV

Systems for Award Management (SAM) has been making changes to the entity validation process. These are good changes to keep your information protected. Below are changes related to entity validation and registration. Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) The familiar DUNS identifier was removed from federal contracting. It was replaced with the UEI, a 12-digit alpha-numeric identifier. […]

January 2023: Best Practices for Preparing Quality Bids and Proposals

Categories: Getting Started with Contracting, State of ND Contracting

  By: Abby Dschaak and Sherry Neas, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), State Procurement Office   Responding to government solicitations can be challenging – attention to detail is imperative! When preparing a response to a solicitation, the first step is to read the entire solicitation from beginning to end to understand what the entity […]

November 2022: Marching Toward #VetBiz Success National Veteran Small Business Week 2022

Categories: National Veterans Business Week

National Veteran Small Business Week is here, and we look forward to honoring and celebrating the contributions veterans have made to small businesses across the nation. During the week of October 31-November 4, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and their resource partners, like VBOC of the Dakotas, PTAC, SBDC, WBC, and SCORE, will provide […]

Oct 2022: Is Your Company Secure?

Categories: Cybersecurity

Security breaches are rising with targets on small businesses; nothing new. Cybersecurity requirements are also on the rise and a must for people and businesses; nothing new. Two-factor authentication is becoming a standard; nothing new. Companies are still not doing enough to protect their data; nothing new. All businesses in all industries need to take […]

September 2022: National PTAC Day, Come on, Celebrate with Us!

Categories: National PTAC Day

Thirty-seven years ago, Congress authorized an effort to expand the number of businesses capable of participating in the government marketplace. Since then, Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, or PTACs, have been available to assist businesses to get them ready to work with local, state, and federal government agencies at no cost. On the 21st of this […]