Procurement Technical Assistance Center
“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.”
Services Offered by PTAC
The National Center’s PTAC provides 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 two major DoD prime contractors supporting its efforts Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman. This procurement technical assistance center is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Defense Logistics Agency. 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.
The National Center's PTAC Origin The National Center’s 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. This procurement technical assistance center is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Defense Logistics Agency.
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.
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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. The name was later changed to the National Center American Indian PTAC for consistency in branding with other National Center Programs.
The National Center American Indian PTAC 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. The National Center American Indian PTAC 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.