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May 26, 2021
By Tracy CourageU of A System Division of Agriculture
NEWPORT, Ark. — The Arkansas Procurement Technical Assistance Center will soon have
an additional home in the northeastern area of the state.
A ribbon-cutting and grand opening are set for 10 a.m. on June 2 at the Newport Economic
Development Commission Building, located at 201 Hazel St. Area business owners are
invited to attend and learn about free services available.
“We are excited to welcome the Procurement Technical Assistance Center,” Jon Chadwell,
executive director of the Newport Economic Development Commission, said. “This center
will provide assistance to our local and regional companies that are trying to expand
their businesses by obtaining federal, state and local government contracts.”
The Arkansas Procurement Technical Assistance Center — or APEX Accelerator — is part
of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. It offers free services
to Arkansas business owners interested in expanding their respective businesses through
government contracts. In 2020, APEX Accelerator’s clients received more than $204
million in federal, state and local government contracts. Of that amount, $9.4 million
were from state and local contracts.
“Sometimes the most difficult part of selling to the government is understanding what
each government agency’s preferred process is for vendors,” APEX Accelerator director
Melanie Berman said. “We help connect our small business clients to purchasing officials
within the federal, state and local government and support business through the entire
APEX Accelerator program associate Debra Garcia will work in the Newport office, assisting
small business owners in Jackson County and surrounding counties. She already has
several clients in northeast Arkansas who can be served closer to home by using the
“We’re grateful to the Newport Economic Development Commissions for partnering with
us,” Garcia said. “This site enables us to serve more clients, particularly in Northeast
The Newport site is the third location for APEX Accelerator, which serves businesses
in all 75 Arkansas counties. The other sites are in Little Rock and Bentonville. County
extension agents in each county help to connect the program to the local communities.
Arkansas APEX Accelerator is part of the Community, Professional and Economic Development
Department of the Cooperative Extension Service, part of the Division of Agriculture.
The center is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Defense Logistics
Agency. To learn more, visit www.uaex.uada.edu/APEX Accelerator.
To learn about extension programs in Arkansas, contact your local Cooperative Extension
Service agent or visit www.uaex.uada.edu. Follow us on Twitter at @AR_Extension.
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen
agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption
of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative
Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work
within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas
System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension
and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity,
sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran
status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative
Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
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Media contact:Tracy CourageDirector, Communications ServicesU of A System Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) email@example.com