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Arkansas Procurement Assistance Center
About Our Program

Mission. The Mission of the Arkansas Procurement Assistance Center (APAC) is to provide training and resources that help Arkansas businesses generate revenues and thereby create or retain jobs for Arkansans through effective government contracting.

Vision. The Vision of APAC is to be the recognized source of knowledge and assistance for Arkansas companies to compete and perform successfully as vendors to public agencies and for agencies to achieve their diversity goals.

History. The Center was established in 1988 as an offshoot of the Entrepreneurial Services Center operated by the University of Arkansas, with funding from the Job Training Partnership Act Title III program. APAC served 250 clients statewide in those days, resulting in 111 contracts for $7,001,000, creating or retaining 133 jobs. Its purpose was to provide government contract assistance and education to the businesses of Arkansas. In August 1990, the program lost its federal funding, but ESC continued limited service to the clients. APAC reopened on October 1, 1993, when the University entered into a Cost Sharing Cooperative Agreement with the Defense Logistics Agency of the Department of Defense (DOD) to participate in the nationwide Procurement Technical Assistance Program. Under this agreement, APAC continues to serve hundreds of Arkansas businesses and dozens of public agencies. The University’s Cooperative Extension Service and the DOD share the costs and operation of the program. The Arkansas Procurement Assistance Center, which serves as a Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), is funded in part through a cooperative agreement from the Department of Defense (DOD) through a program that is administered by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). The content of any written materials or verbal communications of the PTAC does not necessarily reflect the official views of or imply endorsement by DOD or DLA. In 2005, the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation awarded a Planning Grant to study extending APAC services to companies located on family farms. APAC was originally headquartered in Malvern with an additional office located in Little Rock. On July 1, 2012, APAC moved all operations to the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service location in Little Rock, AR.

Operation. The Center is an economic development program within Community and Economic Development Program Area of the Cooperative Extension Service. We serve Arkansas businesses in all 75 counties at no charge from our office in Little Rock. The County Extension Staff Chairs, in each county, help to connect the program to the local community.  The Little Rock office is open to the public 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and counseling is done by appointment.

Program Awards and Recognitions

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2007 Extension Excellence Awards - Diversity Award

Seventh Annual Award and Promotion Luncheon
University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service

The Arkansas Procurement Assistance Center received the Diversity Award for its newly-developed capability to report program results by socio-economic groups and post them for public view on the website. The reporting capability was devised by the Center's management information system contractor, ComTech Management Services, Inc., of Amarillo TX, at the request of the Program Director and Instructor. The reports were compiled and uploaded by the Center's support staff. The performance data are collected from activity reports submitted online by the clients, whose success is strongly guided by the Center's counselors. Follow this link to see the award-winning report (PDF).

July 27, 2007

Picture of award for

3rd Annual Corporate-Executive Minority Business Award

Government Public Service Award Presented to
Arkansas Procurement Assistance Center (APAC)
For Outstanding Commitment to Minority Business Contracting and Purchasing

April 19, 2007

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M B E Advocate of the Year

Presented to Elinor Sue Coates
"Your personal efforts have contributed significantly to the growth of the Arkansas Minority Business Community. We thank you for your hard work and dedication."

From the Arkansas Regional Minority Supplier Development Council

July 19, 2006

Picture of award for

VetBiz Champion

Center for Veterans Enterprise
(C V E)
Procurement Technical Assistance Center (P T A C)

Picture of award for

VetBiz Champion

Center for Veterans Enterprise
(C V E)
Procurement Technical Assistance Center (P T A C)



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Contractor's Humanitarian Award

"For Helping Others Achieve Their Goals"




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Cooperative Extension Service
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