A Small Business of Big Importance

Patriot Medical Supplies

Katie Labovitz
March 3, 2011

Sharon Hopkins, Director of the Appalachian Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), is a one-woman show who can provide a small business in the region with the necessary assistance in order for it to successfully secure government contracts, even in our present economic state.

Operating out of Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, Hopkins provides free assistance to businesses in 17 eastern and southeastern Ohio counties that are looking to service or sell their products to the local, state or federal government. PTAC offers its clients one-on-one help with finding bids for potential jobs, obtaining available certifications, and acting as a reference source or counselor.

During her time as PTAC Director, Hopkins has become involved with Patriot Medical Supplies, a Service Disabled Veteran owned small business in Bridgeport, Ohio which now distributes medical equipment and supplies for the Department of Veteran Affairs, in addition to hospitals and other health care facilities.

Hopkins helped the founders of Patriot Medical Supplies through registration and certification processes in order to procure government contracts starting on January 1, 2008. Since then,  Patriot Medical Supplies has been working with government as well as DME clients.

For more information about PTAC in our region, please visit http://www.ohio.edu/ptac/.