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PTAC Office Update

Starting Wednesday, March 18, 2020, staff from the Illinois Small Business Development Center at SIU and the following SIU Research Park offices will be working remotely until further notice.  SIU Research Park buildings will be closed to the public and accessible only to tenants and staff with key fob access.

Most services will still be available through alternate formats.  For your convenience, see the list of office contacts below.  Staff will be available by email and/or phone during regular business hours, Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Thank you for your interest in the programs and services of the SIU Research Park. We look forward to hearing from you and working with Southern Illinois--one business at a time.


The Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center at SIU is still open and advising clients!

All work is being done remotely via video, phone and email.  If you have questions, contact, (618-536-2355)

SIU Research Park and Business Incubator Tenants

Administrative Questions: Lynn Andersen Lindberg 

General Questions: Deb Barnett (618-453-3849)

Facilities Questions or Requests: Amy Ortiz

Business Office Questions: Lynn Harbert 


Illinois Small Business Development Center at SIU

Greg Bouhl or Ken Stoner (618-536-2424)

Office of Workforce Innovation and Research and Illinois Nurse Aide Testing

Tom Hovatter (618-453-4367)


Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center

Lori Amerman (618-453-3829)


Federal, state and local governments spend more than $800 billion annually and many of these opportunities are available for small businesses.  Regulations and red tape stop many businesses from applying, but the Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) at SIU helps businesses identify opportunities and become more competitive in selling their goods and services to the government.

Services include:
  • Assessing suitability for government contracting
  • Understanding the language and basics of contracting
  • Researching and identifying government agencies that are looking for your products and services
  • Securing necessary federal, state, and local government registrations
  • Assistance in applying for small business certification programs including 8(a), HUBZone, Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB), Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Women Business Enterprise (WBE), and more
  • Help to register with the System for Award Management (SAM)
  • Reviewing solicitations, proposal documents, and making recommendations
  • Assisting with preparing competitive bid proposals
  • Providing educational workshops on how to do business with the government


The Illinois PTAC at SIU provides no-cost, confidential, one-on-one advising services to address the specific needs of your business and assist you in procuring government contracts.  For more information or to set up an appointment, contact us or sign-up as a client.


The Illinois PTAC at SIU is provided through a cooperative agreement with the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). Program support is made possible by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and Southern Illinois University.