APEX Accelerator of Alabama
APEX Alabama provides government procurement and contracting assistance through a group of specialty business advisors located at six locations in Alabama.
APEX Accelerators, formerly known as the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), primarily work with small businesses, but also engages larger businesses that need assistance fulfilling their small business award obligations. Over the last five years, the APEX Alabama delivered substantial consulting and training services that have allowed a diverse group of small businesses to compete for and win over $1.3 billion in contracts.
APEX is the bridge between buyer and supplier, bringing to bear their knowledge of both contracting in the public & private sectors and the capabilities of contractors to maximize fast, reliable service with better quality and at lower cost.
APEX Accelerators are part of a congressionally authorized initiative to assist businesses in marketing their goods and services to the U.S. Department of Defense, other federal agencies, and state and local governments. Each APEX Accelerator is dedicated to supporting our national security by ensuring a broad base of capable suppliers for the defense industry and other agencies, and to bringing the economic benefits of federal, state and local contracting to Alabama businesses.
- 38% Women
- 29% Veteran / Service Disabled Veteran
- 43% Minorities
- 3% Hispanic
Each day, we’ll search our extensive database of federal, state, local, and foreign bid opportunities on your behalf, looking for those that are relevant to your business. We’ll notify you via e-mail when something comes up and store your bid leads on a private Web site for easy ongoing access.
When you submit the keywords and phrases that best describe your business, they are thoroughly fine-tuned (by people, not computers!) based on our 25 years of experience. Common keyword misspellings and pluralization, wildcards, proximity statements, exclude statements, and many other Boolean logic operators are included to provide that elusive balance between the inclusion of wanted bid opportunities and the exclusion of unwanted ones.
The success of APEX Alabama is dependent upon the expertise of its professional staff, and this expertise must continually evolve and expand. As a small business in Alabama, you can rest assured that you are receiving the highest level assistance in government contracting. All of our procurement specialists must obtain – and maintain – a certification standard established by the national Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC).
All of our procurement specialists have achieved one of the following certifications:
- Level 1: Contracting Assistance Specialist (CAS)
- Level 2: Associate Contracting Assistance Specialist (ACAS)
- Level 3: Certified Contracting Assistance Specialist (CCAS)
- CPP: Certified Procurement Professional
Our Matchmaker events give you a series of 15-minute one-on-one sessions with government and corporate buyers from across the state and Gulf Coast. How simple is it? We’ll let you know which agencies, primes, and corporations are attending, and you simply let us know which ones you want to meet. We’ll make the appointments, you do what you do best: pitch your company.
Our matchmakers are attended by a wide variety of buyers: Federal, state, and local governments, large prime contractors, constructions companies, technology & software companies, aerospace & defense, automotive manufacturing, accounting & consulting companies, and many more.
“This APEX Accelerator is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the US Department of Defense.” Alabama APEX is hosted by the University of Alabama’s Office of Research & Economic Development, and is deployed statewide at partner university locations. Formerly known as Alabama PTAC.