Procurement Technical Assistance Center

Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance CenterWe Can Help You Sell to the Government

Local, state and federal government purchase more than $500 billion from small businesses. From routine office supplies, to replacement parts for military aircraft, Uncle Sam offers a potentially lucrative, yet largely untapped market for many companies. Knowing how the government acquisition system works and finding out who in government buys your products and services can be a challenge. That’s why the Illinois PTAC of Central Illinois was established—to help you win government contracts.


  • Electronic Bid Match – We’ll notify you by e-mail about bidding opportunities that are retrieved from more than 400 databases nation-wide.
  • Bid Preparation – We’ll help you prepare the offer and work with you to exceed bid specification and quality requirements.
  • Registration – We’ll help you identify which government agencies are likely to buy your products and services, and assist you in registering with them.
  • Certification – If applicable, we’ll help you apply for special certification programs such as State of Illinois Business Enterprise Program, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, HUBZone, Woman Owned Small Business Programs, and 8(a)/Small Disadvantaged Business, that can increase the likelihood of winning contracts with certain agencies.
  • Workshops/Seminars –We offer periodic programs on topics related to effective government contracting, business matchmaking services, and navigating government regulations.
  • Research/Technical Assistance – We’ll conduct research on competitors and provide access to government manuals through our One-Stop-Shop.

How We Work Together

  1. Contact the Illinois PTAC of Central Illinois to schedule an appointment.
  2. Complete a profile detailing your business, products and/or services.
  3. Sign up to receive government bids electronically.
  4. Enlist PTAC’s help for bid submissions and technical assistance.
  5. Win government contracts.
  6. Report back to PTAC on contract value.

Resource Partners

The Illinois PTAC of Central Illinois is one of several centers located throughout Illinois and is part of the Illinois Entrepreneurship Network, a statewide umbrella organization of small business resources coordinated by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

The Illinois PTAC of Central Illinois is a unit of the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs at Western Illinois University.


Theresa Ebeler
Illinois PTAC of Central Illinois
347 Covington Dr., Suite C
Waterloo, IL 62298