Whether a seasoned government contractor or entirely new to the market, the Ohio APEX Accelerator at YSU is here to help you every step of the way. Our personalized one-on-one counseling includes everything from determining your business readiness level and identifying potential opportunities to competing to win bids and understanding contract clauses and compliance. Not sure where to start? We can help with that too.

Business Readiness

If you want to succeed in the government marketplace, you first need to set yourself up for success. You can do this by completing all applicable registrations (without these – you won’t be considered for any opportunities at all). In addition to registering, it is important to uncover any certifications you qualify for so you can bid on opportunities set-aside for those types of businesses. Some of the services we offer to assist with business readiness are:

  • Registration Walkthrough
  • Business Certification Preparation
  • Exploring Past Performance
  • Developing Capability Statements
  • Cybersecurity Compliance Preparation 

Research and Opportunities

It is very rare for a government contract to fall into a company’s lap. In most cases, you need to research agency spending habits, network with agency representatives, build teaming relationships, and more. All of this takes time, so the Ohio APEX Accelerator at YSU is here to help you strategize and make sure you are utilizing your time effectively.

Interested in networking opportunities or discovering potential partnerships? We can help you make connections that will make all the difference. In addition, we can also help with: 

  • Government Agency Needs Analysis 
  • Configuring a Daily Bid Search
  • Market Strategy Discussions
  • Business Matchmaking and Networking

Proposal Writing and Invoicing

Once you’ve found your ideal opportunity, you need to bid on it. There’s an art and a science to proposal writing. The Ohio APEX Accelerator at YSU is here to help you make sure you’re submitting the strongest proposal you can. When you’ve won the award, we can also assist you with understanding how to maintain compliance with the many contract clauses, and even invoice on a DoD contract.

Some additional services that may help are:

  • Solicitation Review
  • Proposal Review
  • Wide-Area Workflow guidance
  • Understanding contract clauses and compliance 

Government Innovation

You may not associate the federal government with innovation, but federal agencies love innovative companies. The Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer Research Programs (SBIR/STTR) exist to encourage and, more importantly, fund privatized research and development. These SBIR/STTR opportunities usually involve a need the government agency is facing or has an interest in solving. Companies engaged in the SBIR/STTR programs may even find their first customer being the agency sponsoring/funding their research. 

The Ohio APEX Accelerator at YSU can help you identify these innovation opportunities, respond effectively, and position yourself to successfully execute the award.

  • SBIR Research
  • Topic Analysis/Research
  • Proposal Review
  • Contract Compliance in Spending
  • Business Matchmaking and Networking