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Arkansas APEX Accelerator Success Story Jacobs Cleaning

by Kim Magee - September 27, 2019

Tiffany and Ryan Dickerson own Jacob’s Cleaning, LLC in Benton. Jacob’s Cleaning primarily offers commercial cleaning services and has been in business for five years. Before branching out on their own to provide services to MEMS Ambulance Service, the Dickersons worked as subcontractors for an international maintenance company.  

The janitorial service sector is a highly competitive market as there are many businesses in the field who are vying for the same customers. The Dickersons were looking for a way to overcome that issue when they heard about the services offered by Arkansas APEX Accelerator from the owner of a fellow janitorial service who was already a APEX Accelerator client. The Dickersons became clients in May 2019.

After being clients for only two months, Jacob’s Cleaning was awarded their first government contract. The contract involves providing janitorial services for a Little Rock community center. The five-day-a-week work for the contract commenced in August.  

Ryan Dickerson identified the bid solicitation using search tools shared by APEX Accelerator staff. He found the bidding process easier than he expected and encourages other businesses to explore government contracting. The Dickersons are currently looking to expand their service offerings as well as expanding the coverage area where they offer their services. They are now talking with a bank in Northeast Arkansas about their services.

The Dickersons credit Arkansas APEX Accelerator staff with sharing training resources that helped build their confidence in the process of their bid.  

“They took an overwhelming amount of information and broke it down with specific action steps,” Ryan Dickerson said.  “With all of the resources and research available at the APEX Accelerator, any small business would be crazy not to use them.”  

Connect with our Arkansas APEX Accelerator counselors at 501-671-2390 to learn how you may also be able to expand your business through government contracting in competitive markets.