APAC Client Connection

June 2018
Would you like to learn more about doing business with the government? Attend one of these upcoming trainings!
Our counselors are here to guide Arkansas businesses in government contracting. Get the word out and help the Arkansas economy grow stronger through g overnment  contracting. Be on the lookout for more APAC trainings to be posted on  APAC's Training &News webpage soon!

By Melanie Berman, APAC Program Manager

Looking for a solicitation to bid on? There are many funding opportunities listed right now as it is the end of the federal fiscal year. Read this timely article to look at possible opportunities and find links to more possibilities. 
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By Max Franks, APAC Procurement Counselor

After June 29, 2018, your current username and password will no longer work to log in to SAM.gov. Why?  Read Max's article to find out why and learn the next step you need to take.
Disaster Vendor Registration for FEMA
By Max Franks, APAC Procurement Counselor and Melanie Berman, APAC Program Manager

The Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA, is  the government agency that over sees the contractors used in times of disaster. In 2017, FEMA updated their vendor database and they now use the Systems for Award Management (SAM) to search for vendors. APAC encourages businesses to get on FEMA's bidder list now, at the start of the hurricane season. How do you accomplish this? For guidance, read this informative  article.
APAC Success Story:A.B. Martin Services, Inc.
By Kim Magee, APAC Outreach Coordinator

A.B. Martin Services, Inc. (ABMS) is a medical, dental and ophthalmic supply company located in Springdale, Arkansas.  The service disabled veteran owned business was started by Jerry Martin in 1997.  Read how a tragic accident resulted in meeting new people and being encouraged to do government contracting. And, how this business owner turned a closed door into a comeback.

By Mary Love,  APAC Procurement Counselor
On June 7, 2018 Mary Love attended the Industry Day for the Pine Bluff Arsenal where the primary focus was on the topic of Other Transactional Authority (OTA) and, contractors who were interested in providing technology and other expertise applicable to Department of Defense (DoD) prototypes. Read Mary's article to find out more about this process.
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By Max Franks, APAC Procurement Counselor

Small businesses fill the service slot on many different kinds of projects. But how does a small business market itself to large prime contractors so they can provide bids for the opportunities? Read more about steps that you can take to market your small business to Prime Contractors.
By Alyssa Huber, 
APAC Program Technician
We at the Arkansas Procurement Assistance Center understand it can be overwhelming breaking into the government marketplace. Keeping all the different websites, usernames and passwords separate can be difficult. Here are some resources that can help alleviate the confusion, including some popular basic websites business owners use to get started.

APAC counselors are contributing to Extension's Community and Economic Development blog. Visit our blog to learn about CED's work in Arkansas communities, such as: 

  • Arkansas ballot issues
  • Kick Start Communities
  • Government contracting

Arkansas Procurement Assistance Center

Main Office:
2301 S. University Ave. Room 110
Little Rock, AR 72204

Phone: 501-671-2390
Fax: 501-671-2394

Satellite Office:
NorthWest Arkansas Community College
One College Drive
Shewmaker Center For Global Business Development
Room 1022A
Bentonville, AR 72712

Phone: 501-650-6180

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The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact your Arkansas Procurement Assistance Center  as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.