May 11, 2016
Kansas PTAC’s Terri Bennett Becomes New President of National Association
Source: APTAC, May 10, 2016
The Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APTAC) is pleased to announce that Terri Bennett, Program Manager of the Kansas Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) at Wichita State University, was sworn in as President of APTAC at their annual membership meeting on April 6, 2016. She served the previous year as President-elect, a position to which she was elected in March of 2015. APTAC’s Board and Committees are comprised entirely of volunteers employed by member PTACs.
Bennett has a long career in government contracting assistance, helping small businesses succeed in the government marketplace since 1994. Prior to the establishment of the Kansas PTAC in 2013, she led the Heartland PTAC, which served parts of Missouri in addition to the state of Kansas. Under her leadership, the PTACs have helped area small businesses win thousands of government contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars. During this time, Bennett has also been active at the national level, participating in APTAC’s Education Committee to provide continuing education to procurement professionals nationwide, as well as serving as the association’s Secretary, Region 7 Director, and a previous term as President (2007-08). In 2011, she represented the Procurement Technical Assistance Centers before the U.S. Senate Small Business Committee at a hearing on challenges to small business participation in disaster relief contracting.
APTAC is the professional organization of and for the 97 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.
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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.