North Dakota Procurement Technical Assistance Center

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

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 […]

February 2021: Bounty of North Dakota Opportunities

Categories: Getting Started with Contracting, State of ND Contracting

Are you looking for a new market sector to expand your business? Did you know each year there are thousands of opportunities listed through North Dakota’s State Procurement Bidding Opportunity website? These solicitations range from equipment to fuel to janitorial services to construction. On the ND OMB website you can complete a Bidders List Application […]

January 2021: Start Your Year Right

Categories: Certifications, New Skills/Expertise

January 1, 2021, issued in a new year.  We look forward to new challenges, adventures, and….contracts.  Are you ready for a new contract?  Let us check… When was the last time you conducted an online search for your company, update your SBA profile, or add new core competencies & differentiators to your capability statement?  Has […]

December 2020: Money Can Be Found

Categories: Getting Started with Contracting, Subcontracting

Subcontracting. Really… who wants to do that? Most want a government contractor. But it’s important to remember that a subcontract is still a perfectly viable contract and option for business owners. In fact, sometimes it’s the best option for small businesses. First, let’s go over the basics of contracting and subcontracting. A prime contractor works directly with […]