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Arkansas Procurement Technical Assistance CenterPhone: 501-671-2390Email: PTAC@uada.edu
by Kim Magee and Tim Hicks - June 30, 2022
In February 2022 Ralph Grinnell, Arkansas Army National Guard (ARNG), Contract Specialist,
at Camp Robinson contacted the Arkansas PTAC while searching for Women-Owned Small
Businesses (WOSBs) to respond to a need for promotional items for the Arkansas Army
National Guard. Mr. Grinnell stated, “The Arkansas Army National Guard is making a
concerted effort to reach out to Arkansas small businesses and purchase their products
and services whenever possible.” Over a period of several months, the Arkansas PTAC
assisted with connecting Ralph with several qualified Woman-Owned Small Businesses
throughout Arkansas and also assure the businesses were current in the System for
Award Management (SAM).
As a result, two of PTAC Counselor Tim Hick’s clients and one of Liz Russell’s clients
were awarded portions of the contract, Banana Graphics LLC, Choice Promotions, LLC,
and Tara Promotional Products, Inc. Banana Graphics, LLC provides professional screen
printing, promotional items, and embroidery for uniforms, patches, hats, and many
other garments. Sara Kirk, the Owner/Manager, came to Banana Graphics in March of
2012. She has been involved in the ad specialty business for eight years and specializes
in corporate attire and promotional products. Sara earned her Bachelor of Science
in Corporate Finance from Arkansas State University in 2005, and then completed the
Master of Business Administration program at UALR in 2009. “Timothy Hicks at Arkansas
PTAC has been an integral part in helping Banana Graphics identify and solve problems
we didn’t even know we had. With the help of Timothy and the whole team at Arkansas
PTAC we have learned how procurement and government contracting work, increased our
contacts and job opportunities, and learned to ask the right questions and where to
find the answers we needed to succeed.” Banana Graphics has been a PTAC Client since
Loretta Lever founded Choice Promotions, LLC in 2009. The company is a promotional
product distributor and a proud member of the Advertising Specialty Institute. Choice
provides quality promotional items such as mugs, pens, and t-shirts. Its mission is
to help organizations create long-lasting relationships with their clients through
the power of promotional products. Choice Promotions has been a PTAC Client since
Tara Promotional Products, LLC provides promotional products, screen printing, and
embroidery services. Tara is a National Member of the Advertising Specialty Institute
and a Certified WBENC Member. Scarlett McPherson, the Owner, shared; “I can't say
enough about the assistance provided to me by PTAC Counselor Tim Hicks and his office
in helping me with the process of my renewal of sam.gov. I had particular trouble
getting my account on Sam.Gov updated with all of the changes to the website. It was
of great assistance to me that PTAC reached out to the contact at Camp Robinson on
my behalf and explained the situation. Not only did Tim contact them but he also helped
me by going through each step of the process to see where the problem was and helped
me make the corrections and speed up the process. Thank you again.” Tara Promotional
Products, LLC has been a PTAC Client since 2022.Connect with our Arkansas PTAC counselors at 501-671-2390 to learn how you may also
be able to expand your business through government contracting.