Our goal is to prepare you to successfully compete for government contracts.
Bridging the gap between small business suppliers and prime contractor & agency buyers.
The Alabama APEX Accelerator, formerly known as the Alabama Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), is a statewide program, serving Alabama for over 37 years in an effort to grow a capable and responsible government industrial base.
The APEX Accelerators program focuses on building a strong, sustainable, and resilient U.S. supply chains by assisting a wide range of businesses that pursue and perform under contracts with the DoD, other federal agencies, state and local governments and with government prime contractors.
APEX Accelerators help businesses:
- Complete registration with a wide range of databases necessary for them to participate in the government marketplace (e.g., SAM, AlabamaBuys, etc.).
- Identify which agencies and offices may need their products or services and how connect with buying agencies and offices.
- Determine whether they are ready for government opportunities and how to position themselves to succeed.
- Understand the cybersecurity protocols required for government contractors.
- Navigate solicitations and potential funding opportunities.
- Receive notifications of government contract opportunities on a regular basis.
- Network with buying officers, prime contractors, and other businesses.
- Resolve performance issues and prepare for audit, only if the service is needed, after receiving an award.
Today, APEX Accelerators are placing an emphasis on helping underserved businesses that are eligible for certain government solicitations designed for the promotion of diversity, inclusion, and equity, and guiding them throughout the entire process. APEX Accelerators will continue increasing the number of Defense Industrial Base (DIB)-ready and Government Industrial Base (GIB, including local and state governments)-ready businesses including:
- Disadvantaged Businesses (SDBs)
- Historically Under-utilized Business Zones (HUBZones)
- Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses (SDVOSBs)
- Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSBs), and
- Other underserved small businesses
APEX Alabama primarily works with small businesses but does work with larger businesses that need assistance fulfilling their small business award obligations. APEX Alabama is hosted by the University of Alabama’s Office of Research & Economic Development, and is deployed statewide at partner university locations:
“This APEX Accelerator is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Department of Defense.”