Dowgwillo assumes association’s top leadership post
(For Immediate Release): Jane Dowgwillo, Statewide Manager of the Florida Small Business Development Center Network Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), was sworn in as President of the Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC) at their annual membership meeting on April 10, 2017. Previously, she served as APTAC Region 4 Director from 2014 until 2016, when she was elected to the position of President-elect. APTAC’s Board and Committees are comprised entirely of volunteers employed by member PTACs.
Dowgwillo started her career in the corporate finance sector before working for a number of federal agencies in the Australian federal government. Most notably she spent over 15 years working for the Australian Department of Defense in financial management, national logistics, infrastructure planning and estate development, personnel management, and military capital equipment acquisition planning. She came to the United States in 2009 and joined the Florida PTAC as Statewide Manager in early 2011. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Graduate Certificate in Maritime Studies, Masters of Management (Defense Studies) and Masters of Management (Project Management) and is a graduate of the Australian Command and Staff College (ACSC).
APTAC is the professional organization of and for the 98 Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) awarded under the Department of Defense’s Procurement Technical Assistance Program. These PTACs, located across the United States (including Alaska, Hawaii and the District of Columbia as well as the territories of Puerto Rico and Guam) help local businesses become capable government contractors, on the belief that a broad base of small business suppliers provides the highest quality and best value to our government agencies and at the same time creates a strong and vibrant economic base for our communities. They assist small businesses by offering training events, bid-matching services, one-on-one sessions with a procurement counselor, notification of important contracting changes, help with understanding government contracting procedures and requirements, guidance in registering with the federal government, and much more. They assist government agencies by locating and educating the contractors and potential contractors which can provide the products and services they need.
APTAC supports the PTACs by providing them critical updates on the ever changing procurement processes across all federal agencies; comprehensive training opportunities and certification to ensure that PTAC staff can bring the highest level of capability to their work; networking forums so that PTAC professionals across the country can share best practices and draw upon their collective expertise; and a national presence to collaborate with federal agencies on small business contracting initiatives and otherwise provide a voice in national government contracting assistance and policy arenas. The work of APTAC is carried out by a cadre of dedicated volunteers, all of whom are procurement professionals employed by member PTACs, and supported by a small administrative staff.
For help with Government Contracting: contact your nearest Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC). Funded through Cooperative Agreements between the U.S. Department of Defense and state and local governments/institutions, PTACs provide free and low-cost assistance in virtually all areas of government contracting.