APAC Client Connection

May 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 government contracting. Be on the lookout for more APAC trainings to be posted on  APAC's Training &News webpage soon!

Going to the APAC Bentonville office? Read this first.

What: APAC counselor Max Franks will move to Room 1048 in the Center for Health Professionals(CHP) - Fridays only during the summer session.

Why: North West Arkansas Community College  begins it's   Summer Efficiency Schedule  by shutting down the Shewmaker Center For Global Business Development building beginning this Friday. 

When: Every Friday from May 25 - August 3.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with Max call 501-650-6180.

ALERT: On May 21st the Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) suspended all incoming case applications in order to facilitate the transition to the new Vendor Information Page (VIP) interface. The suspension of incoming cases will last for approximately thirty days and include both new applications and reverifications.
By Mary Love, 
APAC Procurement Counselor
In this article, Mary Love details how a memo from William Clark, Chair of the Civilian Agency Acquisition Council (CAAC), dated Feb 16, 2018 may affect you. The letter outlined changes to the Micro-Purchase and the Simplified Acquisition Thresholds. Do you provide construction, services, or products to the government? Read more about how these changes may apply to your business.
By Alyssa Huber, 
APAC Program Technician
Confused or frustrated by recent changes in SAM regarding notarized letters? Alyssa explains the process and provides a general timeline. She also has tips to help guide you through this process!
By Debra Garcia, 
APAC Procurement Counselor
As a bidder of a government contract, you are entitled to find out why you didn't receive the award or, if you won, find out how well you did in comparison to other bidders. A debriefing is a valuable opportunity to help you learn to prepare more successful proposals in the future. 
By Max Franks, APAC Procurement Counselor

A competitor wins a contract that you feel you should have won based on price. What can a small business do that has submitted a bid on that opportunity? In this informative article, Max guides readers through the process for protesting and gives guidelines for those interested.  Read more about this clause allowing companies who have good reason, to object to the awarding of a contract to protest, if they are an interested party .

This is an incredible story about a very successful company that did not see the future - although it was staring it in the face - and how that lack of vision decimated a community.

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 offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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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.