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APEX Accelerator | Government Contracting Consultants

 What is the Florida APEX?

The Florida APEX Accelerator at the University of North Florida helps Florida-based small businesses identify, compete for, and win government contracts. 

The Florida APEX Accelerator at UNF is a member of the Florida APEX Accelerator, a statewide network powered by the University of West Florida and funded in part by the State of Florida and local partners. This APEX Accelerator is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Department of Defense. 

Is there a cost for APEX services?

No, thanks to funding made possible by the DoD,  state, and local partners our services are offered at no cost to businesses.

How can we help?

Our experienced and knowledgeable government contracting consultants help Florida businesses research and bid on government contracts. Our consultants are knowledgeable, experienced, and eager to assist you in making selling to the government less complicated and more profitable.

APEX Staff at 2023 Vet Summit

Through our service offering, we can help you in areas, including:

  • Determining suitability for government contracting
  • Understanding the language and basics of contracting
  • Securing necessary federal, state, and local government registrations
  • Assistance in applying for small business programs including agency-certified programs (SDVOSB, 8(a), HUBZone) and self-certifying programs (SDB, EDWOSB, MBE), and more
  • Connecting with government buyers and prime contractors
  • Identifying proposal and bid opportunities
  • Developing a customized profile on automated bid match service
  • Reviewing solicitations, proposal documents, and making recommendations
  • Small Business (SB) Innovative Research (SBIR) / SB Technology Transfer (STTR) 
  • Training and awareness on cybersecurity, risks of foreign ownership, control and influence, and intellectual and property protection.

How do I get started?

We recommend all new clients start with the following two steps.

Step 1: Attend a Coffee and Contracting - Virtual Roundtable for Government Contracting

The Florida APEX Accelerator at the University of North Florida is hosting monthly roundtable discussions on topics related to government contracting. These no-cost, virtual and informal sessions are for business owners or those thinking about entering into the government contracting sector; federal, state, or local. You will be able to ask questions about doing business with the government; each session will start with one or two specific topics, and then we will open the floor to attendees to ask our Government Contracting Consultants their specific questions.

Upcoming Coffee and Contracting Webinars

Step 2: Complete at Request for Consulting form

Once all new clients have completed Step 1, they can request to meet with an APEX Accelerator Government Contracting Consultant.

Request for Consulting

Meet our APEX Accelerator Government Contacting Consultants

Engaging with the Apex Accelerator government contracting consultants offers a strategic opportunity to navigate the complexities of government procurement successfully. Through their expertise, the consultants provide invaluable insights, guidance, and tailored solutions to optimize your organization's positioning and competitiveness in the government contracting landscape. Leveraging their extensive knowledge and network, the Apex Accelerator team ensures a comprehensive and collaborative approach, empowering your business to thrive in the dynamic realm of government contracts.

Lisa Haggerty

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Stephanie Marquardt

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APEX Support Staff

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APEX Success Story

APEX Testimonials

Training on Wheels

Charmed Services

Additional government contracting training

The Florida APEX Accelerator offers additional training and workshops to assist business owners. 

Overview of Contracting with the Federal Government

Upcoming government contracting training