North Dakota Procurement Technical Assistance Center

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

Nov 2021: Why Would a Veteran-Owned business Want to sell to the Government?

Categories: About ND APEX

On November 11, 1918, the Great War ended. A year later, Armistice Day celebrated the end of that war.  Then in 1926, Congress passed a resolution for an annual observance.  Several years later, the United States celebrated its first National Veteran’s Day on November 11, 1938.  To honor this day of remembrance and our service […]


Categories: Cybersecurity

Okay, it’s here to stay and there’s only more to come, especially with all the acronyms. Government contracting and cybersecurity will operate hand in hand forevermore. Therefore, you need to be ready to move, prepare for changes, and know it will be a bumpy path. If you are new to cybersecurity, please read our “Back […]

Sept 2021: Celebrate National PTAC Day!

Categories: About ND APEX, National PTAC Day

Though the Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC) have been around since 1985, September 15, 2021, is only our fourth National PTAC Day. PTACs were created to increase the number of businesses of all sizes, large and small, that work with government contracting. PTACs do this by educating businesses and helping them navigate the procurement process. […]

August 2021: Back to Cybersecurity

Categories: Cybersecurity

As we all know, cybersecurity is changing daily. Therefore, when addressing cybersecurity, it is important to know the basics, keep good housekeeping, continuously improve, and prepare for the future.    First, the basics of cybersecurity.    What is cybersecurity? It is the practice of protecting systems, networks, and programs from digital attacks. Cyberattacks are usually aimed at accessing, changing, or destroying sensitive information, extorting money from users, or interrupting normal […]

July 2021: Getting Found: How contract officers may find businesses

Categories: Getting Found

Your registrations are completed and you are ready to contract. Now you wait for all the contracts to roll in – prime contractors and government agencies will find you, right? WRONG. However, there are many actions you can take to increase your chances of being found by prime contractors and government agencies. Be ready Keep […]

June 2021: Skill Builders

Categories: About ND APEX

Everyone wants to ‘land’ the big government contract. However, landing any contract takes time and skill. You and your company need the skills to submit, win, and manage a contract. To build your skills in the world of government contracts, consider the following: Communication is a must. Brush up on this skill by taking business, […]

May 2021 BONUS: Podcast Worth Sharing

Categories: About ND APEX

As a bonus blog post in May, we are sharing a recent podcast that featured Ms. Sherry Savage, Program Manager for the Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) at the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). Sherry talks about how PTAP is a force multiplier for the Department of Defense (DoD) Acquisition Workforce. The two goals of the […]

May 2021: Solicitation Basics

Categories: Solicitations

Reading through a federal solicitation, also known as an opportunity, can be overwhelming, challenging, time-consuming, and frustrating. By understanding a solicitation, you can reduce these feelings, assist with a go- or no-go decision to bid, and improve your bid proposal. Federal solicitations are organized by sections, which we will cover individually below. The section letter […]

March 2021: Small AND Mighty

Categories: National Procurement Month, Small business contracting

Come celebrate with us, it’s National Procurement Month! The North Dakota Procurement Technical Assistance Center (ND PTAC) wants to recognize all the North Dakota businesses that sell to schools, universities, cities, counties, states, and federal agencies! Moreover, we cannot forget to say thank you to our public and private sector procurement professionals who are committed […]