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APEX Accelerators

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The APEX Accelerators program, under management of the Department of Defense (DOD) Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP), provides the education and training that all businesses need to participate to become capable of participating in DOD and other government contracts and entering and participating in the defense supply-chain. The program is part of a nationwide network created by the U.S. Department of Defense. In Ohio, the Ohio Department of Development hosts the program, which is supported by community-based organizations serving local businesses.

For Whom

APEX Accelerators match local businesses with contract opportunities, research past contracts, help clients prepare bids and navigate requirements, and assist clients after winning contracts. Regional accelerators covering their own territories within the state offer free consulting on the contracting process.


APEX Accelerators provide a variety of services that include bid preparation assistance, bid-matching services, military specifications, one-on-one training, product and procurement histories, help with information resources, and trade events where Ohio firms can meet government buyers. These services are provided at no cost to Ohio businesses.

How to Apply

Businesses interested in utilizing an Accelerator should contact the Accelerator assigned to their county. To find the APEX Accelerator office in your region, click here.