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Hello from Lynne Mann, Director of Procurement Assistance and Margaret Edmond, Procurement Specialist!! We help businesses maneuver the maze of government contracting from the Federal, State and Local areas. Need to know where to start? We can help you with that!!  We are looking for Women, Minority, Veteran, Service-Disabled Veteran Owned business. We are here to help you get those certifications! We can also assist with HUBZone applications. We work with many different Primes to help get you subcontracting opportunities in case you aren’t quite ready for that Federal contract. We assist with proposal writing also, you may have found that opportunity that you might like to bid on but are unsure on where to start on the response? Let us know and we will assist you with that. Best thing about the APEX Accelerator program????  We don’t ask you for your credit card!! Our program is sponsored in part by the Department of Defense and hosted by Crater Planning District Commission. Your tax dollars have helped fund us!   

The APEX Accelerator (formerly the Crater PTAC) is closing out our fiscal year July 31st  with a bang!! 

We have accomplished: 

  • 305 active New clients  
  • Over 700 Counseling hours  
  • $12+ million in federal awards going to our clients  
  • $22+ million in state awards going to our clients.  

We participated and held 36 events in our last calendar year and look forward to doing that again in the upcoming year. 

We are meeting with Brunswick Economic Development, Alfreda Reynolds, in early August to tour Brunswick and to learn more about Brunswick county and the businesses there.  We are planning a Business Resource event in Brunswick in the future and will propose starting our one-on-one counseling sessions monthly.  

We are in meeting with SCORE mentor, Doug Carelton in an effort to start a 4-6 sessions of Business Roundtable discussions here at the PDC for the Petersburg and surrounding areas. If this is successful, it may be a model for the future in our different coverage areas on a rotating basis.  

DLA Aviation in Richmond, VA has invited Lynne Mann, to sit on their panel when they unveil their new Vendor Information Hub. This much-needed informational hub will provide information that current vendors doing business with this local powerhouse must have. Did you know that the DLA Aviation (formerly the Defense Supply Center) is the Aviation demand and supply manager for the Defense Logistics Agency?  They have more than 4,000 civilian and military personnel in 22 locations across the United States supporting more than 2,341 major weapon systems. They are the material manager for more than 1.8 million national stock number items. They support the Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, and Space Force…right here in our backyard. Check out their procurement forecast here: 

The APEX Accelerator will be scheduling their quarterly meet and greets with the Small Business Liaison Offices of both the DLA Aviation and two of the top Primes in the world, Huntington Ingalls Shipyard and Newport News Shipbuilding very soon. Please make sure you are registered with the Crater APEX Accelerator to stay up to date on our events. Find us here: