UACES Facebook Arkansas Government Contracting Assistance

We are committed to success in government contracting and economic growth in Arkansas. Green letters spelling "APAC" with Solid Green State of Arkansas inset with the words "Arkansas Procurement Assistance Center"

The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service and Department of Defense have partnered together to bring Arkansans this program.

Mission. The Mission of the Arkansas Procurement Assistance Center (APAC) is to provide training and resources that help Arkansas businesses generate revenues and thereby create or retain jobs for Arkansans through effective government contracting.

Vision. The Vision of APAC is to be the recognized source of knowledge 

and assistance for Arkansas companies to compete and perform successfully as vendors to public agencies and for agencies to achieve their diversity goals.

Operation. The Center is an economic development program within Community and 

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Economic Development unit of the Cooperative Extension Service. We serve Arkansas businesses in all 75 counties at no charge from our office in Little Rock. The County Extension Staff Chairs in each county help to connect the program to the local community. 

The Little Rock office is open to the public 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and counseling is done by appointment.

  In 1993, the University entered into a cost sharing cooperative agreement with the Defense Logistics Agency of the Department of Defense (DOD) to participate in the nationwide Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAC). Under this agreement, APAC serves Arkansas businesses and dozens of public agencies. Read more about the APAC history here.

Max Franks and Dr. Evelyn E. Jorgenson cutting ribbon with oversized scissors at APAC / NW Arkansas Community College office opening.  Signage for U of A Div. of Agriculture and APAC office in background.

APAC opens satellite office at NWACC

  • The office is located in the Shewmaker Center for Global Business Development at the NorthWest Arkansas Community College campus in Bentonville, AR.
  • To set up an appointment contact Max Franks at 501-671-2004 or
  • Learn more

Success Story - Conway Wholesale Produce

  • A government contract was released in early 2017 to source food. Our APAC team helped connect Conway Wholesale Produce to this opportunity.
  • Read about what Mr. Kelley of Conway Wholesale Produce says about the business, recent government contracts, and Conway Wholesale Produce's long standing relationship with the Arkansas Procurement Assistance Center.
  • Read this success story

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