Government Contracting –Washington APEX Accelerator

350%20x%20120%20APEX_logo_hrz_color_ptac_800x275Government contracting is big business and presents real opportunity for small businesses to sell to the government. KEDA's can help you navigate the government-contracting marketplace.


KEDA’s Washington APEX ACCELERATOR, (formerly Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC),  is part of the Washington APEX Accelerator whose mission is to increase the number of government contracts awarded to Washington firms so that those firms can grow. We provide no cost, confidential, one-on-one technical assistance in all aspects of selling to federal, state, and local governments regulations, certifications, marketing and proposal review.  WA APEX also assists agencies, departments and primes in their efforts to comply with federal and state procurement diversity and subcontracting goals. KEDA's APEX Accelerator service area covers Kitsap and North Mason Counties.

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With the help of WA APEX Accelerator, Washington State companies are awarded $300 million in government contracts each year. When you become a client  you gain access to experienced counselors who can help you navigate the maze of government contracting. Our services are free as are most of our events and workshops.

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* APEX Accelerator, is funded in part through a cooperative agreement from the Department of Defense (DOD). The content of any written materials or verbal communications of the APEX Accelerator, does not necessarily reflect the official views or imply endorsement by DOD or DLA.

All APEX Accelerators are funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Department of Defense.


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Washington APEX Accelerator Provides No-Cost Assistance:

  • Assistance with government registrations and certifications
  • Interpretation of solicitations
  • Proposal review
  • Marketing assistance to help determine key markets
  • Specifications, standards and drawings
  • All other areas of selling to the government (Federal, State, and local)
  • Classes and workshops (Download Kitsap class schedule)

Government Contracting Resources & Guides

The government space is very large. State and federal governments as well as local governments such as cites, counties, ports and other taxing districts seek vendors. Understanding how these different entities operate is the first step to learning how you can sell your products or services to them. 



Mary Jo Juarez
Business Counselor

Terry Homburg
Business Counselor

James Davis
Program Manager


Mary Jo Juarez

Kitsap APEX ACCELERATOR Business Counselor

Mary Jo Juarez has over 30 years’ experience in government contracting; most recently working as a Navy Deputy for Small Business, helping the Navy meet their small business goals and educating small business firms in obtaining certifications, marketing, and opportunities with the federal government. Once you have registered as a Washington APEX Accelerator client, Mary Jo will be honored to assist you. 


Terry Homburg

Kitsap APEX ACCELERATOR Business Counselor

Terry Homburg is a retired Department of Defense Contracting Officer with 29 years of procurement experience in services, construction, supply, and architect-engineering contracts in both pre-award and post-award. He has held all the local positions in the Government-wide Purchase Card program, AKA VISA/Master Card purchases and payments. Over half of his career was overseas in Japan, Cuba, and Italy. Terry provides expert level training and guidance on the DoD’s requirements for cybersecurity.

KEDA’s monthly Coffee Hour offers help in complex world of government contracting

First Wednesday of every month, 8-10am

Contracting with the federal government is a vastly different, and generally more complex, experience than vendors and service providers generally encounter when contracting with private business organizations.  Ironically, the extensive regulations and policies that can make this process so cumbersome to small businesses were actually established to benefit, guide, and protect them.

On Demand Learning Opportunities

View previous KEDA training events by visiting our YouTube channel. Additionally, Washington PTAC's YouTube Channel offers many webinars and workshops designed to help you navigate the government procurement process. Check out these playlists: 


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Upcoming Kitsap PTAC training events:

Click here for complete list of Kitsap APEX workshops & classes. (Visit the Washington APEX site for a complete list of upcoming workshops and events throughout the state.)

Presented at no charge by your Kitsap APEX. Registration is required. Contact 360.377.9499 for additional information. 

May 2024