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The Illinois APEX Accelerator, formally known as the Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) at Far South Community Development Corporation (Far South CDC) can advise you on how to maximize opportunities and gain marketing exposure to government agencies and large corporations. We offer free one-on-one advising and a variety of workshops to help your business grow in government contracting. Businesses that have an established commercial market, commitment to quality, and can commit time and effort are the perfect candidates.
The IL APEX Accelerator @ Far South CDC's Certified Business Advisors assists business owners at every stage, whether they are customized computerized bid opportunity matching; registration assistance; certification assistance (MBE, WBE, DBE, VOSB, SDVOSB, 8(a), HUBZone); proposal review; proposal preparation assistance; market research; and procurement history reports.
This APEX Accelerators is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Department of Defense (DoD). Program support is made possible by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO).
Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact Patricia Ballay by email at email@example.com or (773) 831-7107.
Denise Jones is the owner of Diamond 7 Enterprises Inc. and is a woman-owned cleaning company that provides Covid and commercial cleaning. They service the Chicago, Waukegan, and Indiana areas with outstanding service and employ a high quality workforce. Denise has over 25 years of experience in cleaning government facilities, offices, schools, warehouses, healthcare facilities, construction cleanup, and floor cleaning (granite, limestone, marble, terrazzo, and vct tile).
Denise's business model is to help formerly incarcerated women obtain gainful employment by becoming an entrepreneur or working in the cleaning industry. Diamond 7 is more than a cleaning company; it offers life skills services for looking to be productive citizens.
Denise connected with APEX Accelerators at Far South CDC and received assistance from Franchon Greenfield, who assisted her in navigating through becoming certified, SAM, and took advantage of the various webinar training.
With the assistance of APEX and Denise's strong dedication, determination, and persistence, she received multiple contracts. Having received her MBE/WBE certifications, Diamond 7 Enterprises Inc. secured a contract as a subcontractor with Cleveland Marble in January 2022 for the Obama Library project. The company also received a part-time cleaning contract with the DuSable Museum and, in Nov 2021 (D7), started providing Covid cleaning for the USPS.
"Diamond 7 Enterprises Inc is sending a special thank you to Ms. Franchon Greenfield for helping me to stay the course and to make my dream a true reality. Our next goal is to obtain the EDWOSB certification." Denise sees the opportunities that await her, and she's not stopping. Denise's motto for Diamond 7 is "Failure Is Not an Option."
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