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APEX Accelerator Training Resources

We provide Arkansas APEX Accelerator Hosted Trainings, in-person training, online training, and videos, as well as business networking opportunities. We also partner with government agencies to provide a wide variety of government contracting training. Look below to find our current training and event schedule. 

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Arkansas APEX Accelerator Hosted Trainings

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Arkansas APEX Accelerator is currently offering virtual and in-person trainings. See schedule and on-demand training below.

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Small Business Trainings - Partner Organization Hosted Events

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Arkansas APEX Accelerator is also involved in various small business trainings.  Current events will be listed here.

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Arkansas APEX Accelerator On-Demand Trainings

National APEX Accelerator Day: Protecting Your Business, Cybersecurity Tips from the Forge Institute  October 12, 2023, 1 hour 34 minutes

In today's interconnected digital landscape, owning a business demands more than just a great idea and a solid business plan – it requires a comprehensive understanding of cybersecurity. This is a dynamic and essential course designed to equip entrepreneurs with the knowledge and strategies needed to operate a business securely in the realm of cybersecurity.
Led by Jaylon E Darden of the Forge Institute, this course delves into the critical aspects of cybersecurity that every new business owner must consider. From the moment you conceive your business concept to its full-fledged operation, this course guides you through the intricate web of cybersecurity protocols, ensuring that your venture remains resilient against cyber threats and data breaches.

AEDC - Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Certification with Karen Castle August 30, 2023, 1 hour 3 minutes

Would you like to increase the opportunity for your minority or women-owned business to sell products and services to the State of Arkansas? The Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWOBE) Certification program is a review process designed to ensure that a minority or women-owned business is owned, controlled, and operated by the applicants and meets the eligibility criteria of the program.  Watch the Arkansas APEX Accelerator as we host Karen Castle of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) teaching about how to become certified MWOBE with the State of Arkansas.

Small Disadvantaged Business Program with SBA May 12, 2023, 46 minutes

A small disadvantaged business (SDB) is a small firm owned by one or more individuals who are socially and economically disadvantaged. SDB status provides eligibility for bidding and benefit programs for Federal procurements. SDB’s may self-certify their status. SDB certification is a different process and program than the SBA 8(a) Program. Join us as we welcome Suzanne Terrazas, Economic Development Specialist/ Administrative Officer with the Arkansas District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Expanding Your Knowledge of Government Procurement Processes – DIBBS, JCP, and Unison Systems May 03, 2023, 1 hour 17 minutes

The Federal Government and, in particular, the Department of Defense use various platforms for advertising, awarding, and filling their service and material requirements. This class introduces three systems; The DLA Internet Bid Board System (DIBBS), the Joint Certification Program (JCP), and the Unison Marketplace. The information provided benefits all businesses hoping to increase the possibility of success and award of a government contract.

SAM - What is it? February 21, 2023, 1 hour 14 minutes

This class is for established businesses interested in selling to the government. Join Arkansas Program Associate, Savanna George, to learn about the System for Award Management (SAM) and the transition to the Unique Entity Identification number.  She talks about common issues and new changes to the SAM platform, and we will have an open forum to answer your questions and talk with you about how to use SAM and make it work for your business.   


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Other On-Demand Training Sources


Govology is an online support community for small businesses pursuing government contracting opportunities. Govology connects small businesses with trusted knowledge, resources, experts, and support so that they may learn, prepare, connect, and win. Arkansas APEX Accelerator can provide active clients with a unique code to receive online trainings and webinars at no cost. Contact us today for more information on this service. 

Federal Contracting Puerto Rico - Contratación Federal de Puerto Rico

Spanish language resources - Recursos en español.      
The Puerto Rico Federal Contracting Center (FCC), a Procurement Technical Assistance Center (APEX Accelerator), offers a series of training videos on YouTube that are narrated in Spanish with slides in English.
El Centro Federal de Contrataciones de Puerto Rico (FCC), un Centro de Asistencia Técnica de Adquisiciones (APEX Accelerator), ofrece una serie de videos de capacitación en YouTube narrados en español con diapositivas en inglés.

Preparing Government Marketing Tools (Washington APEX Accelerator) - February 23, 2021, 16 minutes

Capability Statements, elevator speeches and more in this short overview of government contracting marketing essential

Cybersecurity Compliance: A step-by-step guide (Georgia Tech APEX Accelerator) - January 10, 2018, 20 minutes
This video provides a step-by-step guide on how government contractors can achieve compliance with the cybersecurity requirements established by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). 

United States Joint Certification: How to fill out the DD Form 2345 (Defense Logistics Agency) - December 21, 2021, 9 minutes
Welcome to the United States Joint Certification Office video where you will learn the steps on how to properly fill out the DD Form 2345. This form is the military critical technical data agreement for U.S. vendors who want joint certification.