Northwest Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center

The NWLA PTAC assists small, disadvantaged, woman, minority, and veteran owned businesses get registered, certified, and contract-ready to sell their products and services to government agencies.


Since 1987, the Northwest Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center has played a vital role in the economic growth and development of Northwest Louisiana by assisting small, disadvantaged, woman, minority, and veteran owned businesses.  The primary mission of the NW LA PTAC is to increase the number of government contract dollars being awarded to businesses located in our region of the state, thereby creating and retaining jobs in the area. 

The Northwest Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center, a member of APTAC, is a cooperative agreement between the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) and the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce.  We provide procurement technical assistance to small businesses in the Parishes of Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Claiborne, DeSoto, Lincoln, Natchitoches, Red River, Sabine, and Webster. 

Areas of assistance include identification of potential markets, marketing, assistance with small business registrations and certifications, bid package review and assistance, registration in the System for Award Management (SAM), as well as Wide Area Workflow (WAWF/iRAPT) training and invoice support.  The NW LA PTAC educates clients on contract administration procedures on an individual basis, and provides training seminars on how to sell to the government.  Specialized counseling is available in the areas of marketing, subcontracting assistance, packaging requirements, contract negotiation strategies, technology transfer, and much more. 

 All services are free of charge.

Services Provided

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Development (Specialty)

Business Planning

  • Identification and Research of Foreign Markets
  • Market Research

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Technology Grant Providers

Import and Export Assistance

  • Certification and Licensing (Specialty)
  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets (Specialty)

Legal Services

  • Contract Review (Specialty)

Libraries and Research

  • Business Research Resources (Specialty)

Marketing and Sales

  • Advertising
  • Market Plan Development and Training (Specialty)
  • Market Research (Specialty)
  • Website Development

Networking and Associations

  • Geographically Based (Specialty)
  • Small Business/General (Specialty)

Product Development

  • R&D Support

Regulatory Compliance

  • Government Requirements (Specialty)

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Bid Matching and Preparation (Specialty)
  • Government and Military Specifications (Specialty)
  • HUBZone Certification (Specialty)
  • Obtaining Certification (Specialty)
  • Obtaining Corporate Contracts
  • Obtaining Government Contracts (Specialty)
  • Price History (Specialty)
  • Registration Assistance (Specialty)
  • Selling to Foreign Governments and Businesses (Specialty)
  • Subcontracting Opportunities (Specialty)

Technical Assistance

  • Industrial Technology Research
  • Technology Transfer


  • Marketing Plan Training (Specialty)
Contact Information
Jennifer Whittington
400 Edwards Street
Shreveport, LA 71101