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*Cross Timbers APEX Accelerator

Change is coming!

Did you know that PTAC’s across the country are sun-setting the name “PTAC”? Yes, that’s right! We will be launching a new moniker “APEX Accelerator” in 2023.

The Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) is now under the management of the Department of Defense (DOD) Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) and has changed its name to APEX Accelerators.

The 95+ centers will be transitioning to the new name in the coming months. Our mission and assistance will not change; we continue to be here for you with all your government contracting needs.


For information regarding contracting with FEMA in the wake of Hurricane IAN, please ensure your company is registered on and you have prepared a Capability Statement to be submitted to:

Damoris T. Smith

Contracting Specialist

FEMA Region VI | Mission Support Division | Procurement Branch

800 North Loop 288, Denton, TX. 76209-3698

Mobile: (202) 894-4799

Please see the link below to book an appointment to discuss your Company’s Capability Statement and Doing Business with FEMA.

Book an Appointment on "How To Do Business with FEMA Region 6" Today!


Become a client of Cross Timbers APEX Accelerator.  

Request for Assistance form

Click above to register your business.


**Upcoming Opportunity**     







Cross Timbers APEX Accelerator helps companies find contracts for work with local, state and federal governments. Our mission is to increase the number of contracts awarded to companies in the 72 county service area resulting in increased revenue and jobs in the area. Based at the University of Texas at Arlington, we provide one-on-one counseling, events, and up-to-date research in everything that has to do with selling to government agencies.  CTPTAC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Defense Logistics Agency. 

For a SAM. gov tutorial (one of the first steps in government contracting), click here.
For a webinar recording of SAM.GOV Registration 101, which gives a screen-by-screen tutorial, click here.

Vendor Information Center, click here.
How To Register as a Texas Vendor on the CMBL, click here.

The Vets First Verification Program, click here.
Veteran Resources, click here.

As a DIBBS user, you can access more business opportunities, and make it easier to submit quotes, view and download drawings, and compete for long term contract opportunities.
Find out more here

Cross Timbers APEX Accelerator offers many training webinars and networking events throughout the year. Visit our calendar page for registration information.
For more information about how APEX Accelerators can help your business, click here.
For information about the The Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP), click here.
For a nationwide directory of APEX Accelerators, click here.


FEMA Information

The key to acquiring FEMA contracts is to understand how to do business with FEMA. Click here to learn more. 

Doing Business with the U.S. Department of State 

  1. The U.S. Department of State has 46 Bureaus and Offices with vastly different requirements. 
  2. Click here for a list of the Bureau Offices  
  3. The Foreign Affairs Manual provides the organizational structure of the department, and gives a perspective of the different bureaus’ needs, missions, and priorities. 
  4. Past procurements give detailed information on what kind of similar projects are ongoing, who are the current vendors, and what are the contract types, competition types, expiration dates, etc.
  5. State Department Opportunities forecast list expected requirement for each fiscal year. 
    1. The forecast documents have the Point of Contact names responsible for the particular requirements- it is recommended   to reach out to them directly. 
  6. Freight Management
  7. DOS website,, has many more resources to increase awareness of requirements, environment, programs, and events - including some government-wide market research information.
    1. Specifically, look under Key Topics – Doing Business with the US Department of State.  There are directories, opportunities, and market research databases. 
    2. Make sure to review the Facility Security Clearance FAQ, most of professional services ad IT requirements will require a clearance.
  8. Reach out to the program offices directly for information. They make programmatic and budgetary decisions
    1. The OSDBU office can help you discover the status of any identified programs / opportunities, assit you in getting in touch with contracting offices, etc. 


DLA will start removing DIBBS contractor access on August 16, 2021 to export controlled technical data if the business does not have a NIST 800-171 Assessment on file in the Supplier Risk Management System (The Interim Rule).


Notice to DLA Suppliers: Export-controlled technical information is Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI)/Controlled Technical Information (CTI). DLA suppliers seeking export-controlled technical data for DLA procurement opportunities must have a current National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication (SP) 800-171 cybersecurity assessment (i.e., not more than 3 years old unless a lesser time is specified in the solicitation) posted to the DoD Supplier Performance Risk System (SPRS) to be considered for award. DLA Suppliers who currently have an approved Enhanced Joint Certification (JCP) but have not posted their NIST SP 800-171 assessment to SPRS will not be able to access export-controlled technical data in DLA’s technical data repository after 16 August 2021. Instructions for posting an assessment on SPRS can be found at For additional information on NIST SP 800-171 assessments and other DoD requirements for safeguarding covered defense information please see DFARS Clause 252.204-7020 NIST SP 800-171 DoD Assessment Requirements. If you have any questions, please e-mail  

If you have questions about the Interim Rule, or if you need FREE compliance tools, contact

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      FEMA Industry Liaison Program: 

  • If you are interested in supporting the response to COVID- 19 with your company’s goods and/or services, please submit your inquiry to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Procurement Action Innovative Response Team (PAIR) team at This will ensure your capabilities are received and reviewed by the appropriate acquisition office. 
    ***Click Here for more information***

  •  Visit for Small Business COVID-19 Resources and Guidance to Protect American Small Businesses, Workers and Families.

  •  Future acquisition forecasts, prepared by a number of organizations within DoD, can be found here:

  • APEX Accelerator Support to Defense Industrial Base Critical Infrastructure Workforce. Click Here for more information. (Return to Top)

Did you know80% of DLA suppliers are small businesses!!!! Click here to see DLA MAJOR SUBORDINATE COMMAND AND BUYING ACTIVITY FLYERS.

(Watch the video to learn more).

*APEX Accelerators are non-profit, government, or tribal entities who received a DoD cooperative agreement award. Congress appropriates funding for this program to assist businesses in obtaining information and training related to contracting and subcontracting opportunities with DoD, other Federal agencies, and State and local governments. APEX Accelerators provide day-to-day assistance in the form of such services as helping prepare bids/proposals, marketing to potential buyers, setting up or improving quality assurance and accounting systems, complying with cybersecurity requirements, and resolving payment problems. APEX Accelerators are expected to teach businesses how to participate in government contracting but they are not allowed to do the work on behalf of the business, and they may not act as a representative of their business clients. In accordance with the law, APEX Accelerators are limited to helping with government-contracting-related issues and therefore they can’t help with general business issues such as business formulation and development, access to capital, or hiring and other human resources processes. APEX Accelerators are not government procurement officials and can not guarantee their clients will win contracts.
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