About National Center’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center
The National Center’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), formerly known as UIDA, is a supporting non-profit program of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED).
The National Center’s 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.
PTAC provides professional business consulting services and technical assistance to Native American-owned businesses regarding marketing and selling to the Federal, state, local and tribal governments and large prime contractors. Assistance extends to all Native American businesses (American Indian, Alaska Native Corporations and Native Hawaiians) and includes tribes and individual businesses both on and off reservations. Services are free.
Below is a partial list of services provided through the PTAC program:
- Determining Suitability for Contracting
- Securing Necessary Registrations
- SDB, 8(a), HUBzone and other Certifications
- Researching Procurement Histories
- Identifying Bid Opportunities
- Marketing & Networking
The National Center’s PTAC serves clients in the Southwest BIA Area, the Navajo BIA Area, and the Eastern/Southeastern BIA Area; with primary emphasis on the following states:
Connecticut, Rhode Island, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas (El Paso), New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah.
We also serve clients in other states on a voluntary basis.
PTAC’s main office is located in Marietta, GA with sub-offices located in – Palmyra, VA- Window Rock, AZ – and Albuquerque, NM
Our services are designed to assist Indian owned and tribally owned businesses succeed in government contracting. The American Indian Procurement Technical Assistance Center (AIPTAC) program is one of approximately 93 centers located in different states. The PTAC centers are funded in order to provide assistance and information to small businesses interested in selling their goods and services to the DoD and any Federal, state or local government agency.
In March 2011, UIDA Business Services received the Economic Impact Award from the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers and in October 2011 UIDA received the Excellence in Service award from the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of the Carolinas. We are dedicated to Native American business expansion and growth.
Those not familiar with the PTAC program can also go to www.aptac-us.org for more specific information on the types of help that PTACs provide.
For more information about The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) and other events please visit http://www.ncaied.org/
The National Center’s PTAC Mission
Our mission is to develop and expand an American Indian private sector which employs Indian labor, increases the number of viable tribal and individual Indian businesses, and positively impacts and involves reservation communities, by establishing business relationships between Indian enterprises and private industry.
Under the DoD/DLA agreement, the National Center’s PTAC has provided American Indian and other Native American owned businesses and tribal enterprises with prime contract and subcontract opportunities with DoD, other federal, state, and local government agencies, and prime contractors. The National Center’s PTAC seeks to extend its accomplishments to help more Native businesses on and off reservations to secure jobs in the defense and related industries, thereby decreasing unemployment and increasing the economies of the reservations serviced.
The National Center’s PTAC continues to successfully operate the program along with three major DoD prime contractors supporting its efforts – Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Raytheon. Our record of accomplishments is based on hard work, ethical practices and intense commitment to the needs and values of Indian tribal and individually owned businesses.
United Indian Development Association (UIDA) was developed in 1969 and incorporated in 1970. UIDA is one of the foremost Indian Economic Development Specialists in the country and has worked with over 300 tribes since its inception in 1969.
Training courses have strengthened the managerial skills of over 2,700 tribal members, and permitted UIDA some unique insights into the depths and nature of tribal procurement needs. UIDA’s expertise in government procurement is unparalleled having been responsible for $92 million in procurement programs since 1969.
In October of 2000, UIDA Consulting Group (UCG), a for-profit subsidiary of UIDA, was awarded a grant from the Department of Defense’s (DOD) Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) to operate an American Indian Procurement and Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) to cover the Eastern United States. UCG established this office in Marietta, Georgia to provide services to Eastern and Minneapolis BIA Service Areas, covering 13 states and 49 tribes.
In 2002, the PTAC operated by UCG was transferred to UIDA Business Services (UBS), a supporting non-profit to the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development. There were no changes in the program staff or goals or objectives. However, in order to maintain the high level of support from corporate America, a not-for-profit vehicle was needed.
Under the DoD/DLA agreement, UBS provides American Indian owned businesses and tribal enterprises with prime contract or subcontract opportunities with DoD, other federal, state and local government agencies, and prime contractors. UBS seeks to extend its accomplishments to help more reservation Indians secure jobs in the defense and related industries, thereby decreasing unemployment and increasing the economies of the reservations serviced.