About Us

The purpose of the Colorado PTAC (APEX Accelerator) is to provide consultation services to companies who aspire to enter or expand their business to government agencies.   The Colorado PTAC links agency acquisition needs to interested and able companies and guides these emerging companies throughout the entire acquisition process.

The Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) was authorized by Congress in 1985 in an effort to expand the number of businesses capable of participating in the Government Marketplace. Administered by the Department of Defense, Office of Small Business Programs, the program provides matching funds through cooperative agreements with state and local governments and non-profit organizations for the establishment of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (APEX Accelerators) to provide procurement assistance.

The Colorado PTAC is a 501(c)(3) Corporation that has operated the Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Center predominately as a recipient of a cooperative agreement from the Defense Logistics Agency. This past year, the responsibility for overseeing the cooperative agreement was transferred from DLA to the Department of Defense (DoD), Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP). The DoD OSBP has determined that the center names will be changed from Procurement Technical Assistance Centers to APEX Accelerators. You will see changes in the name and logo but the Colorado PTAC’s mission to educate and support businesses in Colorado has not changed.

The outcomes of our success include small business growth, expanded supplier bases, community and industry connections, and a demonstrable positive economic impact. The APEX Accelerator partners with government agencies, universities, economic development organizations, and other business programs/institutions to deliver our services statewide.

We are staffed with highly experienced government contracting experts and provide a wide range of services.  The foundation of our support is our one-on-one counseling/mentoring, which we supplement through robust training, networking, and educational events.

Patrick McGlew, Director


Character, Quality, Relationships, Communication, and Consideration

Character – A mix of traits that include integrity, moral judgement, wisdom, and experience.

Quality – Service, attention, and advice that is reliable, accurate, timely, and effective.  Providing in-depth, and relevant, knowledge and experience with attention to detail.

Relationships – Making personal and business relationships important.  Investing the necessary time and attention to develop relationships that are mutually beneficial.

Communication – Clear, concise, and honest communication.

Consideration – An ability to consider various viewpoints and work toward common goals.

Vision: The Colorado PTAC is a recognized, effective, and accessible resource for businesses and government agencies

Mission: Help businesses learn about , connect with, win, and grow government customers, and assist government customers connect with businesses.

This Procurement Technical Assistance Center is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Department of Defense, Office of Small Business Programs. The content of any written materials or verbal communication of the PTAC does not necessarily reflect the official views or imply endorsement of DoD.

Learn more about the PTAC Process.        |        Why Government Procurement?         |        Board of Directors.