APTAC Conference Call for Presentations


November 10 – 14, 2019
Submission Deadline: Friday, May 31, 2019, 11:59 PM ET


Location: The Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC) will hold its Fall 2019 Training & Best Practices Conference November 10-14, 2019, in Washington, D.C. The Training Conference will be at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Avenue, NW

Who We Are: APTAC represents 94 Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) across the United States. Collectively, PTACs employ 600 procurement counselors who work daily with tens of thousands of businesses, providing them with insights and information on how to best identify, compete for, and win
Government contracts. In order to continue to succeed, PTAC counselors want and need up-to-the-minute information about changes in Government regulations, policies and initiatives. That is why we are seeking speakers and presenters for our Training & Best Practices Conference who can deliver the latest news as well as strategies for success in today’s Government contracting arena. We seek practical tips, techniques and resources that will assist PTAC counselors guide their clients to a heightened understanding of today’s Government acquisition requirements.

Audience: The members of APTAC – representatives of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers – are an elite national corps of individuals who provide training, counseling and technical assistance to businesses interested in selling products/services to the public sector. APTAC members work with businesses
to identify opportunities, provide training on a broad array of topics related to Government procurement, as well as providing technical assistance related to Government programs and acquisition. The goal of this conference is to provide APTAC members with practical tools, techniques and resources that can be directly used to guide businesses in understanding how to meet the Government sector’s current standards and thereby become more successful in the Government marketplace. Essentially, presentations are to “train the trainer”. Attendance at the Training Conference is estimated at 300-350 persons, representing PTACs hosted by colleges and universities, economic development organizations, non-profits, and units of state and local government from across the country.

Presentation Information

Important Dates

  • Proposal Submissions Due no later than May 31, 2019 11:59P ET
  • Selections will be announced via email by August 15, 2019
  • Speaker confirmations including Power Point, Bio and Photo due by October 11, 2019
  • Pre-Event Conference Call for speakers on October 29, 2019 3:30P ET/2:30P CT/1:30P MT/12:30P PT

Government Agency Presenters: If you are a government employee wishing to speak on behalf of your agency, please contact aptacconference@aptac-us.org rather than completing the standard submission process.

Speaker Registration & Expenses: Presenters are responsible for all applicable travel /accommodations expenses and APTAC does not pay speaker fees. Please be mindful that registration does not include travel, lodging, personal expenses, or special events.

Session Lengths: Each session is 90 minutes long, including time for questions and answers. A typical session will include 75 minutes of presentation and 15 minutes Q&A. All submissions are considered for both general and breakout sessions. Selected presentations may be offered twice, typically back to back, to allow conference attendees to attend all sessions.

Presentation Topics: Selections will be made based on (1) relevance and importance of the topic, (2) past performance of the presenter, and (3) experience of the presenter in the topic proposed. APTAC is now accepting presentation proposals from engaging and experienced experts to address our conference theme in topical areas such as the following:

  • Representations and Certifications
  • Financial Controls
  • Contract Types
  • Contract Compliance Issues
  • Government Contract Formats
  • Understanding Federal Solicitations
  • The SBIR/STTR Program
  • Market Research Tools and Best Practices
  • The Business Impact of the New Administration: How are Procurement Opportunities Shifting?
  • Changes in Government Contracting Regulations: What’s new and what’s gone?
  • Open submittal – you are invited to submit topics relevant to government contracting

General Speaker Expectations: APTAC expects speakers to adhere to the timing as listed in the event agenda, to provide a quality session, and to be respectful of all participants and their views. APTAC strongly recommends that your content ties back to APTAC’s Body of Knowledge. Selected speakers are expected to provide their PowerPoint presentation four weeks in advance of the conference and to attend a pre-event conference call for final details two weeks prior to the conference.

APTAC forbids you from selling, promoting, or endorsing any products and/or services within your presentation. You may mention products or services, but further promotion is prohibited. Any speaker who chooses to make a pitch during their presentation will not be selected to speak at any future APTAC
educational events. Speaking performance will be evaluated and used for speaker selection for future APTAC educational events.

Making a Submittal: Please note: Current PTAC counselors are encouraged to submit proposals only with the approval of their Program Manager and/or supervisor. If you are interested in speaking/presenting at APTAC’s Fall 2019 Training & Best Practices Conference, please provide the following information ASAP, but not later than the submission due date.

  • Session Topic (44 characters or less) you would like to present (in any of the specified topical areas or on any topic related to the training conference’s overall theme).
  • Proposed Session Description (200 words or less) including learning objectives: “As a result of this training, PTAC Counselors will learn…..”
  • Brief Statement about how you will make your proposed topic relevant to the APTAC audience, including FAR and/or APTAC Body of Knowledge references where applicable.
  • Brief biographic sketch highlighting experience and background related to the topic.Online Submittal From
  • Name, Title, and Organization, e-mail address.

Submittals: Your information should be submitted through this online form.
If you are unable to access the online submittal process, please let us know by emailing aptacconference@aptac-us.org.

Acceptance and Notification: All proposed presentations received by the deadline will be reviewed, and speakers will be notified via email of their acceptance.

Disclaimer: APTAC does not provide compensation to Conference presenters, nor does it cover travel or lodging expenses. Presenters who are not APTAC members or otherwise attending the conference via a paid registration may attend other sessions on the day of their presentation at no charge.

APTAC Administrator
John Erdmann

APTAC Vice-President:
Ms. Debbie Barber

APTAC Education Committee Chair:
Ms. Lenora Leasure