Press Releases

University of North Dakota’s official press release archive.

PTACs Host 4th Annual PTAC Day Sept. 15, 2021

Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) Around the Country Celebrate the Success of their Business Clients


GRAND FORKS, N.D. – For 36 years, Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) have helped expand the number of small businesses that successfully compete for and win federal, state, and local government contracts. This September, PTACs from around the country are coming together for one special day to celebrate the success of the tens of thousands of small businesses who have benefitted from training and technical assistance delivered by their local PTACs.

Join the North Dakota PTAC team, on Sept. 15 at 9 a.m., CDT, as they outline what a business needs to have in place before contracting, explore why you may consider the government market sector and what it takes to be successful in this market.  Register at

During the past 12 months, North Dakota PTAC clients were awarded government contracts worth more than $120 million.  Commissioner James Leiman of the North Dakota Department of Commerce said, “Now is the time for North Dakota to go big and bold on defense projects!  We serve many of the nation’s most critical national security needs from supporting two of three legs of the nuclear triad, an intense intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission as well as operational areas within the War on Violent Extremism.  North Dakotan companies are well positioned to diversify away from oil and soil and support our warfighters where it matters most.  Join us!”

95 Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) – with over 300 local offices – form a nationwide network of more than 600 dedicated procurement professionals who work to help local businesses successfully sell their products and services to government agencies. In 2020, the PTAC network served over 57,000 clients and helped them win over $24 billion in government contracts and subcontracts.  The more successful our nation’s small businesses are in the government marketplace, the stronger our regional and national economies grow.

To celebrate the success of PTAC clients in communities across the country, the national PTAC network is hosting the fourth annual National PTAC Day on September 15th. It will be marked by events and community outreach at local and state levels to promote the effective work being done by PTACs across the country and the resulting success achieved by PTAC clients.

The North Dakota PTAC is hosted by the University of North Dakota’s Nistler College of Business and Public Administration within the Center for Business Engagement and Development. In addition to the PTAC, the network includes the North Dakota Small Business Development Centers and the Veteran Business Outreach Center of the Dakotas.

More information about National PTAC Day can be found at   Join the celebration!

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


Local contact: Dave Kleppe
ND PTAC Program Manager