In the mid-’80s, Congress recognized the need for a resource that could help businesses interested in government contracting. So in 1985, the Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) was established. Today, PTAP serves as the foundation for Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) located throughout the United States and in U.S. territories. PTACs are funded through cooperative agreements between the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and state/local non-profit entities. As a non-profit organization, Montana PTAC offers most services for free or at a minimal cost. We serve businesses, large and small, throughout the state. The Montana Procurement Technical Assistance Program (PTAP) began as three separate Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) under different organizations in 1993. In 1998, the three centers combined into a statewide program under Big Sky Economic Development (BSED). The program has operated with Big Sky Economic Development as the “host” of the statewide program since, which means that BSED holds the primary cooperative agreement with Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) and manages subrecipient agreements with seven other organizations across the state to operate a PTAC and provide contracting assistance to businesses in their areas.