Florida APEX Accelerator Announces Selection of New Program Manager

Post Date: February 13, 2024
Government Contracting News, Press Releases

Pensacola, FLA – The Florida APEX Accelerator is pleased to announce the selection of Jessica Tenney as the program manager of the Florida APEX Accelerator effective January 22.  

As program manager, Tenney will provide strategic direction for the Florida APEX Accelerator. She will work to facilitate partnerships to support the national APEX Accelerators’ priorities and will coordinate with partners and stakeholders to achieve common goals. As program manager, she will lead a statewide team of government contracting consultants, who help small businesses navigate the complexities of government contracting.

Tenney joins the Florida APEX Accelerator as program manager after working as a government contracting consultant for the Florida APEX Accelerator at the University of West Florida.

“We are excited to have Jessica join us in this new role,” said Jane Dowgwillo, director of strategic programs for the Florida SBDC Network and former program manager for the Florida APEX Accelerator. “Her extensive experience and background in government contracting will help us build on the success of the program and assist more businesses seeking government contracts.”

Having served eight years of active duty in the United States Navy, Tenney brings a strong foundation in leadership and management. Following her military career, she ran the operations for a small defense contractor that specializes in information technology and healthcare services. She led the company to be recognized as one of the Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Companies in America – Government Services and become Joint Commission certified. Jessica holds an M.B.A. and a B.S. in Health Science and Public Health from the University of West Florida. Her firsthand experience in the small business sector fuels her passion for helping other companies succeed in government contracting.

“I’ve always appreciated the economic impact small businesses have had on the economy of the Florida panhandle and can’t wait to share my experience with our team and help small business owners all over the state,” said Tenney. “I look forward to working with small businesses and my team and am very excited about our future together.”

Formerly the Florida Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), the Florida APEX Accelerator helps Florida-based businesses compete for and win federal, state, and local government contracts. Through the program, the Florida APEX Accelerator matches businesses with contract opportunities, helps them prepare bids and navigate requirements, and assists them after winning contracts. 

Consultants also help businesses apply for certifications that may help them get an edge when competing for contracts, including minority-owned, veteran-owned, woman-owned, or HUBZone small businesses. These services are provided at no-cost to businesses.

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