About the Alabama Procurement Program

The government buys everything, and selling to the government can be a profitable venture. Each year the federal government purchases more than $200 billion worth of goods and services. State and municipal governments spend more than $20 billion annually.

Procurement Technical Assistance Centers are part of a congressionally authorized initiative to assist businesses in marketing their goods and services to the U.S. Department of Defense, other federal agencies, and state and local governments. Each PTAC is dedicated to supporting our national security by ensuring a broad base of capable suppliers for the defense industry and other agencies, and to bringing the economic benefits of federal, state and local contracting to Alabama businesses.  PTAC Procurement Specialists cannot provide assistance regarding capital access, loans, starting a business, or general business management.  Requests for this type of assistance are referred to SBDC Business Advisors:

  • The Alabama Small Business Development Center Network (ASBDC) helps entrepreneurs realize their dream of business ownership, and assists existing businesses to remain competitive in the complex marketplace of an ever-changing global economy.  While SBDC Business Advisors can provide procurement assistance, taxpayers benefit from the collaborative approach that ensures a continuity of service to small businesses.  The University of Alabama hosts the Procurement Technical Assistance Program of Alabama, which is deployed in conjunction with the Alabama SBDC Network; the Alabama SBDC Network has been offering procurement counseling since its inception in 1981, and is the only program available to small businesses statewide.

Procurement specialists can guide you through the government procurement process and provide you with information on how to become more competitive in the government marketplace.

To better serve the public, our Procurement specialists are co-located with other small business advisors throughout the state.  Procurement specialists are strategically located at:

  • Alabama State University
  • Jacksonville State University
  • University of Alabama
  • Greater Birmingham SBDC at the Innovation Depot
  • University of Alabama in Huntsville
  • University of North Alabama
  • University of South Alabama
  • Troy University

If your business is located outside of Alabama, please click here to find a PTAC in your state.

For any other business questions, including management, financing, marketing, accounting, or sales, contact an SBDC Business Advisor near you.

Interested in international trade? Contact a Trade Specialist at the Alabama International Trade Center.


To speak with a Procurement Specialist, call 205-348-1687, or register online today!