Through APEX Accelerators"Pathway to Procurement Success"

The Illinois APEX Accelerator at Western Illinois University provides resources and assistance to Illinois businesses that want to work with federal, state, or local government. APEX Accelerator resources include procurement readiness, vendor registration, market research, SBIR/STTR proposal development, procurement readiness, and compliance. The PTAC can provide resources and assistance for certification as an MBE, WBE, WOSB, DBE, VOSB, SDVOSB, 8(a), and HUBZone firm.

  • Services and Resources include:
  • Facilitate Opportunities Between Primes & Subs
  • Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Internet Bid Board System (DIBBS)
  • Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)
  • Cyber Security Compliance
  • General Services Administration (GSA) Multiple Award Schedule (MAS)
  • Invoicing, Receipt, Acceptance, Property Transfer (IRAPT), and Wide Area Workflow (WAWF)
  • Military Specifications and Department of Defense Adopted Industry Standards
  • Computerized Bid-match Services
  • One-On-One Counseling Assistance
  • Locating and information on Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), Department of Defense (DoD), and State Procurement Regulations
  • Workshops and Conferences on Contracting
  • Navigating SAM.GOV resources & opportunities
  • Obtaining access to contract data from databases such as GovSpend, EZGovOpps, and Proxity
  • Capability Statements
  • Business size and type (socioeconomic) certifications
  • The DoD & SBA Mentor-Protégé Program (MPP)

The Illinois APEX Accelerator at Western Illinois University helps with Systems for Award Management (SAM) registration at no charge.

This APEX Accelerator is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Department of Defense (DoD). Program support is made possible by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and Western Illinois University (WIU)

Congress established the Procurement Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreement Program (PTAP) in 1985 as a part of the Department of Defense (DOD) Authorization Act.

This cooperative agreement allows Illinois PTAC services to be accessible to all Illinois businesses at no charge.

Link to APEX Accelerator training:

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