APEX Accelerator West TN Conference Connects Businesses with Buyers Event Described as “Best of Its Kind”

A recent virtual Procurement Opportunities Conference hosted by the Tennessee APEX Accelerator (previously known as Tennessee PTAC) allowed more than 130 small business owners and employees throughout the state to learn more about how to successfully bid on contracts with government entities as well as prime contractors. The 2-day event included training from experts in the government contracting field on best practices. Attendees were also able to hear directly from representatives of prime contractors and state and local government entities to learn how to find out about and qualify to bid on upcoming contracting opportunities. 

The conference was co-sponsored by the Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum (MMBC Continuum), Memphis Medical District Collaborative, and Women’s Business Center South (WBC South). 

According to West Tennessee APEX Accelerator Counselor Veronica Clark, “The West TN Procurement Opportunities Conference was an extremely successful event. The Tennessee APEX Accelerator provided attendees with a wealth of knowledge, training, and networking during the two-day meeting.”

Melba Chester, Director of Core Development with the MMBC Continuum said, “The West TN Procurement Opportunities Conference touched on industry resources small business owners need to be successful. The APEX Accelerator is a world-class organization that understands the needs of small businesses, provides the resources, and is an exceptional advocate. This was definitely time well spent for me!”

“The West TN Procurement Opportunities Conference is one of the best of its kind,” said Vonesa Michell, Executive Director of WBC South. “We have clients outside of the target geography who request to attend because of the great outcomes others share about their work with Veronica Clark and the team at the APEX Accelerator.” 

Eban Madyun, Director of Operations at Memphis-based logistics contractor Nurlogi, attended the conference and said the event was “an exceptional training seminar that provided valuable insights and practical tools for professional growth.”

Tennessee APEX Accelerator, formerly PTAC, assists businesses in competing successfully in federal, state and local government contracting. The University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services has provided these services since 1986. This APEX Accelerator is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Department of Defense. Tennessee APEX Accelerator services are delivered at no charge. For more information, email APEX@tennessee.edu. 

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