APEX Accelerator serves as the bridge between small businesses and government contracting (local, city, state and federal).  The Alabama Procurement Technical Assistance Center of UAH offers government contracting business advising to individuals and small businesses interested in doing business with the government in the the surrounding 7 counties (Madison, Marshall, in North Alabama to clients at No Cost.

Provide confidential, business advising and professional development services at no cost to our clients, funded in part by the SBA and DLA.

There are 70 federal agencies represented on Redstone Arsenal and numerous state and local government entities throughout the state.

Confidential, one-on-one APEX Technical Assistance includes the following areas:

  • Evaluation of a firm’s potential to compete in diverse government markets
  • Identifying SBA and VA certification program eligibility
    • 8(a), HUBZone
    • SDVOSB and VOSB (SBA and VA)
    • All Small Mentor-Protégé Programs
  • Assistance with SAM (System for Award Management)
  • No-cost, curated Bid Match service
  • Pre- and Post- award guidance
  • Assist SBLO, OSBP, agency, large primes
  • Proposal and Audit guidance

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Kris McBride

Senior APEX Advisor


Off-Campus - Huntsville/Madison County Chamber, 225 Church Street
Huntsville, AL 35801
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Ms. Kris McBride has an extensive background serving our community and in the Defense Industry. Kris retired as a V.P. of SAIC where she served as Deputy Program Manager (DPM) for $1B Systems Engineering Services contracts with over a hundred project teams and more than 2000 fulltime equivalent personnel from SAIC and 150+ funded subcontracted companies delivering systems, software, hardware, network, and test engineering, transition support, fielding and user support, training support, configuration management, quality engineering, senior level program support. Kris has extensive experience in the software industry serving as an Executive Manager for Intergraph, as President of Sigmatech, a Small Disadvanted Business. While at Intergraph, Kris managed several international projects and sales with the United Kingdom, Sweden, Singapore, Japan and Saudi Arabia.

Kris has a BA in Computer Science and Mathematics (double major) from The University of Tennessee, and a MS Computer Science, The University of Alabama in Huntsville. Kris has served in several leadership positions including Board of Directors Chair for the Huntsville/Madison County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Immediate Past President (Region) of the Association of the United States Army’s (AUSA), President-Nominee of the Rotary Club of Madison, Alabama, and member of the Huntsville Committee of 100. Kris is committed to providing assistance and serving as a bridge between our small business community, prime contractors and government agencies.