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John DiGiacomo

Government Contracting Specialist | jdigiacomo@uwf.edu

John DiGiacomo joined the Florida SBDC at UWF Government Contracting services team of Fort Walton Beach in April 2016.  John is the former Director of the Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance  Center at Rock Valley College, (PTAC) in Rockford, Illinois. He started with the center in 1986 when there were only 12 clients. When he retired in 2014 he had counseled and assisted over 400+ companies from 13 counties in Northwestern Illinois. The PTAC offers a variety of services to help companies do business with the government at the federal, state and local levels. The center's clients have received over $4.4 Billion in contract awards during his tenure.

Before joining the PTAC, John worked as an independent consultant dealing with both domestic and international companies doing business with the federal government, resulting in more than $428 million in contract awards in 1980s dollars. To keep his clients informed, he published a quarterly newsletter and wrote articles about government contracting. His experience includes public relations and speaking, marketing, new product development and grant writing. While employed by a Rockford based HMO, John brought over $1.4 million in federal grant money to the organization.

John also has the hands on experience of a small business owner. He owned a residential and commercial furniture and design store, with annual sales of $1 million+. John is a member of the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) and is a 25 year member. He served on the local Rockford Chapter's Small Business Committee and Membership Committee.  He is a Certified Contracting Assistance Specialist (through APTAC) and a Certified Business Specialist (CBS) through the Illinois Small Business Development Association of which he is also a member. He received the APTAC Betty McDonald Member Achievement Award in 2003 and the APTAC Outstanding Project Award in 2001.  John is co-author of the national award-winning book, "Win Government Contracts for Your Small Business" published by Wolters Kluwer, Inc., now in it’s fifth edition.  He also has written online classes for the Defense University and been published in numerous magazines and trade journals. 

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