To help Montana companies successfully sell their products and services to federal, state, and local governments, TechLink manages a Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC).  This center is a partnership between MSU’s Office of Research and Economic Development and the Big Sky Economic Development Authority.  It is part of a nationwide PTAC system that receives major funding from the Defense Logistics Agency.

The TechLink PTAC works with small businesses in Gallatin, Park, Madison, Broadwater, and Lewis and Clark counties, providing expert advice on how to identify government contracting opportunities and successfully navigate the complexities of government procurement. 

TechLink’s PTAC currently has 280 active client companies.  Clients range from high-tech firms to “mom and pop” service providers.  In fiscal year 2017, these PTAC-assisted companies secured 686 government contracts with a total value of $19.5 million.
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MSU helps Montana firm win Veterans Affairs contract for non-opioid pain management

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Becky Curtis, founder of Take Courage Coaching, received advice from Montana State University that helped her firm win a five-year contract with the Veterans Affairs Department to help treat disabled veterans with non-opioid pain management techniques.

BOZEMAN, Mont. – Becky Curtis, 52, is using the drug-free pain management techniques that saved her life to treat disabled veterans for the federal government.

A 2005 car accident near Wisdom, Montana, nearly killed Curtis. She nodded to sleep at the wheel, jolted awake, overcorrected and rolled her Jeep into the highway ditch. Inside the shattered vehicle she was paralyzed and slowly suffocating from two punctured lungs.

Paramedics transported her to the emergency room for life-saving surgery. While recovering her physical functions, a cyst developed in Curtis’ spinal cord, causing burning nerve-pain throughout her body. She was prescribed many different medications, including opioid-based medications, but the drugs left her listless and dysfunctional for nearly two years.


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